#wedNEWSday – YOUR nomination counts…

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.

With an estimated 26,000 volunteers enriching lives through netball, we need your help to make sure they feel special, so please can you give a little bit of your time, to those who give their time, feel special?

There are 8 Goalden Globe categories that will feature at the South West Goalden Globe Netball Volunteer Awards to encompass all the great work our volunteers do. The South West event is taking place at Woodlands Castle, Taunton on the 1st May which is sure to be the celebration event of the year! The awards categories are:

  • The Unsung Hero Award recognises an individual who has contributed to the delivery of club or local league netball for a minimum of five years. Christine Laker was our worthy winner last year for her dedication to the growth of the Plymouth Junior League. Nominate here!
  • Do you know an inspirational individual who has provided an outstanding contribution to netball delivery, in a voluntary role outside coaching and officiating for a minimum of 3 years?
    Lin Oldham was the Mary Bulloch Award winner last year for her volunteering support given to the Officiating Technical Support Group.
    Nominate here!
  • The Teacher Award is for outstanding contribution to netball in the education environment.
    Hayley McCalister was the national winner at last year’s National Awards for her commitment to netball at her school and community. Nominate here!
  • Do you know an individual who has consistently contributed to grassroots netball officiating as a volunteer for a minimum of three years? Hazel Nicholls scooped the 2019 Sheelagh Redpath Grassroots Official Award Trophy for her club mentoring & umpire support. Nominate here!
  • The Grassroots Coach Award goes to an individual who has supported the growth of local netball through the development and positive experiences of players and coaches. Alyssa Hadley was our winners for commitment, support and club ethos to the junior members she coaches.
    Nominate here!
  • Do you know a netball club who has made an outstanding contribution within their community, and particularly made an impact in 2019?
    *Clubs must hold a current CAPS award* Bodmin Netball Club won the award for their work in the community allowing the club to grow and thrive providing more opportunities. Nominate here!
  • The Young Volunteer award recognises an inspirational young volunteer (under 25) who has provided an outstanding contribution to netball and has made an impact so far this season. Last year’s winner was Issy Farrell for her can do attitude in engaging teenagers in positive, mental health & well-being workshops around the region. Nominate here!
  • Do you know someone who has provided an outstanding contribution to netball delivery through administration, coaching or officiating at the grassroots level for a minimum of 10 years? Jacqui Berry was the national winner of the Muriel McNally Award at the 2019 ceremony for her dedication to Bournemouth Netball Club, offering support to coaches and umpires & providing equal opportunity.
    Nominate here!

Does your volunteer come across numerous categories, there are also national award which you can nominate a special individuals for, read about them here – https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/get-involved/volunteers/celebrating-with-volunteers/2020-vitality-goalden-globe-netball-volunteer-awards/

Make sure you get your nominations in by the 1st MARCH 2020!

If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Team White are progressing fast!

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.

Over the last couple of weeks we have seen new additions to the Team White family around the region.

Fran has become the latest Dorset umpire to gain her B Award qualification.She said:  ‘After completing the B award course with Tutor Karen Jones I headed tentatively out into the world of NSW regional netball, starting with my local North Dorset Regional U16 team. Assisted by local A and B award umpires, I realised that my next progression would be to be assessed to umpire Regional 1 U14/16. This meant travelling to Paignton where I met the wonderful Debbie Ashworth, A award assessor, tutor, mentor and all around superwoman. With her mentoring support (no matter when texts were exchanged) she helped me gain the confidence to start umpiring Senior Regional 3 progressing on to Regional 2. I sat the written A/B assessment in May 2019 and took my Practical Pre assessment in November 2019. After superb feedback and more Regional 3 and 2 umpiring practice, my B Practical assessment was last weekend and I passed! The journey continues….’

Further north of the region in Gloucestershire, Amber Meredith-Wilks has passed her C award and is hoping to be identified as a talented umpire in the near future. Her mum said ‘She has just started taking up a place with Severn Stars Wycliffe Nova programme as a developing umpire and going forward receiving mentoring by Barbara Warburton. Hopefully this will mean that she continues going from strength to strength. So far, I know that she has been invited to umpire at the Supernova tournament in May, which will be a great experience. At the All Nations Amber was lucky enough to meet and chat with Kate Stephenson and Gary Burgess which she was extremely happy about. I can’t wait to see how far she can go.’

Congratulations to both Fran and Amber as they continue through their umpiring journey, we can’t wait see you progress. To all budding umpires out there, keep up the great work in joining the Team White family.

If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – University Netball is on the rise

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.

The Arts University of Bournemouth Social Netball squad are enjoying a season of great Netball.

Everyone is welcome to join in the weekly sessions and have fun learning new skills and match play.

For those who also want some competition, the girls play in the HE/FE League held at Sir David English Sports Centre and have had some good wins.

Participation has increased this season and all are looking forward to continuing for the rest of the season.   Their coach, Linda Cutler, says “the girls are a pleasure to coach and they readily include players of all standards and demonstrate Netball can be fun as well as competitive”.

Well done everyone and we all wish Captain Katie a speedy recovery from a fractured ankle.

If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Walking Netball Festival Success

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.

179 Walking Netballers from all over the south-west (from Gloucestershire/Avon/Wales/Wilts/Somerset & Cornwall) celebrated the wonderful sport on Sunday January 26th, with festivals taking place in Cornwall and Avon.

Six teams from all over Cornwall, including two teams at their first festival, travelled down to Penzance and fully embraced the ethos of the Walking Netball festival. There were lots of friendships made, some very impressive play and one heck of a lot of wiggles and giggles!  Well done to Bodmin Wigglers for taking home the gold medals, and St Agnes who were runners-up. A big well done to Tregony for their ‘Spirit of the Festival’ award, and to ‘Players of the Day’ Dawn and Karen from Lanivet Strolling Pandas.

A big thank you to Penzance Walking Netball Group who hosted so well, making delicious homemade cakes for everyone to enjoy after the games, and to Penzance Leisure Centre for providing such a great space and being so welcoming, as well as all the volunteers who kept the day running smoothly. Thank you to Andy Lawrence for taking some fabulous pictures.

North of the Region, 15 teams entered the Tri-Counties Walking Netball Festival held at Clifton College in Bristol.  Ten teams entered the recreational pool and five in the competitive.  Games were six minutes each way with a quick one minute at half term for substitutions. 

Wyedean (from Gloucestershire) won the competitive pool, with Avon based SBL winning the recreational pool.  Throughout the day £222 was raised for our partner charity Cancer Research UK – well done ladies, a great day all round .

Thank you to all our volunteers, players, officials and members of staff who worked together to make these festivals a brilliant success!

If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)