#wedNEWSday – LETS STAY CONNECTED

A LETTER A DAY KEEPS THE BLUES AWAY

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Dursley Diamonds Walking Netball Club was set up in January 2017 by Honorary Life Member Gilly Salter. Having attended Rednock School in Dursley where she was inspired to play netball, and having stayed in touch with some of her early inspirational coaches/players/friends from school,  Gilly thought it would be great to reunite everyone, give something back and encourage a new group to form a walking netball club to run out of her former school.

Right from the outset Gilly was thrilled to see old school friends and other new players immediately sign up and one of these was Gwen Frost (ne; Kinery).  At school Gwen was your typical all-rounder, great at every sport, and a loveable caring individual who was liked by everyone.  Gwen played in every team in virtually every sport, and inevitably her path crossed with Gilly as both were netball crazy, and although Gwen was a year older at school, (Gilly just wanted to get that one in ) , both ended up playing in the same team.

Fast forward 40 plus years it came as no surprise that Gwen willing signed up, and even came up with the name Dursley Diamonds, believing that all members were diamonds in her book. 

As the club attracted new members, Gwen began to take on the role of a club organiser, setting up a variety of events for the members to attend. These have included attending an auction dinner evening, setting up a Carly Taylor fund-raising initiative , and has even held two amazing events in her own back garden , one in the summer where her husband Jerry, and one of her son’s did all the BBQ cooking ,  and the most recent one at Christmas.

As club captain, a role that she naturally fell into, Gwen took on organising all the lists of members who play in a variety of festivals, tournaments and fixtures, that’s no easy task with three teams on the go and writes the most humorous write up’s on the clubs page which has generated much laughter and banter.

With the announcement from England Netball to suspend walking netball until further notice, Gwen immediately jumped into action writing a blog to our group, knowing this would impact hugely on some of our members who live for these nights out. Here is a snippet of what she had to say:-

“Well CV -19 has taken away the end of our season but it will never take away our friendships and support for each other . As a club we have made huge progress this season fielding three teams but more important we welcomed some wonderful new members who have enhanced our club through ability and companionship. I’m not sure when we will all get together again but I’m looking forward to it already – perhaps a social at my house to celebrate. I’m praying that all our families and friends stay well during this difficult time.

Since writing this and since the lock down has been announced for our more vulnerable groups, Gwen has taken it up on herself to write a letter a day to keep the blues away to each member of our group.  Three letters have already been received, with all members sharing how wonderful it’s made them feel.

In a world that needs compassion and love right now, Gwen Frost just can’t give enough.  So on behalf of our lovely ladies at Dursley Diamonds Walking Netball Club, Gwen we want you to know that  “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend and that friend is you” . Thank you for being there for all of us.

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#wedNEWSday – International Women’s day Festival

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On the 8th March, we celebrated international women’s day! To celebrate this, Jenny Kelly, Devon Netball Development Officer, organised and hosted a Walking Netball and Back to Netball Festival at Paignton Academy.

There were 5 back to netball teams that had to great games being played and enjoyed by all. The games took place in 1 round with 8 minutes each way. Wonford Warriors, Riverside Revels, Lanivet Pandas, Net Top Models & ANVC Bounce back. There were a few close games which saw fantastic netball play. Net Top Models were the winners, winning all their games with Riverside Revels coming close runners up.

In the Walking Netball group there were 4 teams who played in two rounds. The first round was about the ‘competition’! It was great to see the competition among the teams and some close games like in the back to netball in the 16 minutes. The 4 teams, coming from Devon & Cornwall were Acorns, Mayflowers, Allsorts & Lanivet Strollers. The winners of the competitive tournament were the unbeaten Allsorts.

We had a second round of the walking netball, which was call the versatility round. This was where each player chose their position at random playing by 5 minutes each way, as we know some people get stuck to a position. This was for a bit of fun and all the players seemed to enjoy it. The winners of this round were the Allsorts again but the games were certainly closer this time round.

A great thank you to Jenny for organising a fun and netball filled day and to Laura, South West Regional Coordinator, who manned the results table, did the guess the number of goals competition and for social media. As a result of the guess the goal competition we managed to raise £41 for Cancer Research UK.

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England Netball updated statement – Coronavirus

In light of the government’s announcement today (16.03.2020) around Coronavirus (COVID-19), England Netball’s Health Advisory Group has reviewed the government guidance provided and has made the difficult decision to suspend netball activity across the country at all levels of the game at this time.

The health and safety of the Netball Family is our main priority and to avoid the spread of Coronavirus we will be continuing to follow the government’s advice, which is to move away from mass gatherings and for the public to avoid any unnecessary contact where possible over the coming weeks. 

This means suspending competitions, courses, events, programmes, training sessions and all other forms of netball activity until further notice. 

We are aware that the Coronavirus outbreak is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We will therefore continue to follow advice from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and both local and national government on this matter and will keep the Netball Family updated as appropriate. 

We know how great the Netball Family is at supporting each other and we ask that you continue to pull together (albeit virtually) during this difficult time. We will do our best to get you back on court as soon as it is safe to do so, but in the meantime please try to stay connected with your teammates, colleagues, fellow volunteers and others in the netball community as much as possible.

Our Health Advisory Group is working tirelessly to review all netball activity that was scheduled to take place in the coming weeks and will be providing guidance and support to the relevant parties over the coming days. We appreciate your patience in the interim. 

Finally, we ask that you continue to follow the government’s guidance on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, by reviewing the advice provided here. Please stay safe and support each other during this hard time.

#wedNEWSday – Happy 10 Years Net Prophets!

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Net Prophets (from Exeter League) are celebrating 10 years this year after forming together as a result of a back to netball program. In that time we’ve gone from div 6 to div 1 (currently in 2nd place) and between us have had 9 marriages (+ 2 imminent!) as well as 12 children (dubbed the ‘Marginal Prophets’).

Melanie from the club said ‘One of our decade celebrations event was a training session with Serena Guthrie, this was by far the most exciting event we had planned.  Serena took a 2 hour coaching session for, she is a true inspiration and generally a lovely, funny and talented woman! We hope you had fun as we definitely did and hope you liked your bobby shaped gifts’

Happy 10 Year Anniversary Net Prophets.

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England Netball statement – Coronavirus

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The health and safety of the Netball Family, whether you’re a member, player, volunteer, staff member or fan, is our main priority, particularly during this busy season with competitions and leagues running across the country at all levels of the game including the Vitality Netball Superleague.

Currently, there are no plans to cancel, postpone or otherwise change any of the national competition and events England Netball delivers, however we are aware that the coronavirus outbreak is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We are in regular contact with the relevant authorities and venues, franchises and all key partners and stakeholders to monitor the situation.

We will continue to follow advice from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and both local and national government on this matter.

We would like to draw the attention of anyone who attends any netball event or activity to the following general advice:

  • Frequently clean your hands in soap and water, or with an alcohol-based hand rub. We will endeavor to provide additional hand sanitizers where possible
  • If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands
  • Avoid contact with anyone who has a fever or cough
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with ‘high touch’ areas such as handrails, lift buttons, door handles, surfaces etc
  • If you experience difficulty breathing, have a high temperature or cough, please stay at home and contact a medical advisor by phone
  • Players are entitled, should they wish, not to shake hands or have any other form of physical contact with their opponent or officials (for example at the end of their match)
  • Fans are advised that during this time players may not feel comfortable interacting with fans to their usual level and so it may be more difficult to obtain autographs or pictures with players. Fans are thanked for their understanding at this time.

If you are considering attending a netball event in any capacity and have recently returned to the UK from overseas, particularly affected parts of the world, we would like to draw your attention to the following advice from the UK Government: http://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

#wedNEWSday – U12 regional tournament is coming…

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So Regional Schools have been completed, State schools are well underway & now we have a U12 Regional Tournament coming up!

This event is sure to be an exciting one for the 7 clubs that are already signed up, however if you wish to sign up then entries are still available. All the details are below if you wish to sign up:

NETBALL SOUTH WEST
U12 Regional Tournament
Sunday 26th April 2020
10am-4pm approx
Paignton Community and Sports Academy
Waterleat Road, Paignton TQ3 3WA


ENTRY FORM
Please complete via
https://goo.gl/forms/HT6vx5hrSDZRdw5h1

Players

  • Players must be U12 on at midnight on 31st August/1st September 2019
  • Minimum squad size of 9
  • All players shall be a member of England Netball for the 2019-20 season.

Umpires

  • Each team to provide a qualified or County approved umpire – these will be allocated neutrally and may well be used when your teams are playing.

Scorers

  • Teams to provide a scorer – this can be a player as long as they know how to score.

The deadline for clubs to submit their form is Friday 20th March 2020!

*  TTNC Blue were the winners in last year’s final against Team Jets.

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