#wedNEWSday – 2009 – 2020, Celebration of Karen

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

Tomorrow, one of the South West longest serving staff members will be leaving us after over a decade with England Netball. Karen Peaty, Dorset Netball Development Officer is moving onto ‘pastures new’, now seems a great time for Karen to reflect a little on what netball has meant to her over many, (many 🙂 ), years.

We caught up with Karen as she reflected on her time in Netball.

‘Like lots of us I’m sure, my first experience of netball was at school when I was about 11.  Once I moved to middle school I was always the one given the WD bib.  This is something I now take as a compliment – the most underrated, unappreciated and under-celebrated position right?   (I’m not convinced that was the reason at the time though :)).

Once my daughters were older I decided to help out as a volunteer at their local club and soon after took my L2 coaching and C award umpiring qualifications.

Apart from a few rule changes the game is pretty much the same as I remember when playing on the primary school court.  I certainly still enjoy it now, just as much as I did then.

I remember my first day at England Netball, as Dorset NDO, in 2009.  I turned up at the Partnership Development Managers office, and spent most of the week with a huge paper map of Dorset in front of me. Plotting where all the Netball was taking place and just trying to work out what it all looked like.  I’m pretty sure now that many would choose to do this with a laptop in front of them but at the time, paper was my preferred method of working.  I guess this is one of the things that has changed the most over the years. (This sounds like I am very old I have just realised).

The first few months were spent meeting up with key partners and volunteers.  It was great to be talking ‘netball’, my passion, literally all day, every day!

To narrow down to just a few memorable netball moments from over the years is tricky.  There have been so many. However, perhaps being able to take to the court with my daughters, other family members and friends has been up towards the top of that huge list!  As far as my NDO role goes, every event and programme, from the planning to the day, is an achievement and it’s always so lovely to receive positive comments afterwards.  So many proud moments. Even when things don’t go so well, (and there’s been a few), it’s always good to be learning for the next one.

I have been very privileged to work with so many amazing people over the last 11 years.  Netball is so very lucky to have such a large volunteering workforce.  All with the passion, dedication and commitment to netball in common.  For those who I’ve had the pleasure to work with, I couldn’t possibly begin to name you all individually but this comes with a huge THANK YOU to every one of you!

As I move on to new challenges, I know I will miss all the ‘teams’ I have worked in and with.  A special shout out to Team South West and South and also Netball Dorset as the county netball association – you have all been amazing and it’s been so lovely to be a part of it all!

I hope to very much remain part of the netball family as a club volunteer and still would love to be assessing coaching courses and helping run Bee Netball and Walking Netball workshops.  I’m certainly not going too far and look forward to seeing many of you on a court very soon!’

Thank you Karen for reflecting on your time with England Netball. You will be sorely missed but we are so happy that you are staying as part of the netball family.

For any Dorset related queries, please email Dorset@englandnetball.co.uk

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 – Congratulations to Netball South West

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

Netball South West is able to confirm that it is now 100% compliant for Tier 1 of the Code for Sports Governance.

Sport England created the Code to provide a standard which they recommend all sporting associations meet. Tier 1 is the first level and consists of a set of requirements that sporting organisations need to meet.

England Netball provided resources and support to help County and Regional volunteers complete a governance health check and work towards compliance. These volunteers, elected their members to lead the sport locally are responsible for the effective running of local netball organisations. This means each board is responsible for ensuring they have the right structure, people, finances, policies and procedures in place to deliver netball locally.

Karen Jones, chair of Netball South West said ‘The volunteers on the Regional Management Board have worked hard over the last 12 months and we are pleased to be fully compliant with the Code’s requirements. It’s been a really worthwhile journey and will ensure we’re well placed moving forwards’.

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#wedNEWSday – Show your membership support

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

Over the last few months, the thought of getting back on court was at the forefront of the Netball Family’s mind. Amazingly we can now start to play again through the modified version of the game but while netball was absent there have been other ways that people have shown their love and passion for the sport.

Since England Netball launched its #RiseAgain campaign, more than 50,000 of you have pledged your membership to England Netball, your region and county to help the sport get back on court. Some of the responses we’ve had from players, umpires, parents, the Vitality Roses, have made us feel proud of everyone involved in this sport, again and again.

Do you know what your membership to the South West gets you? Listen to the Karen Jones, Chair of Netball South West explaining the benefits of being a member of the region on our facebook page.

If you weren’t aware, England Netball asked for those who choose to pay  the  full  membership fee between 3 August and 30 September 2020, they want to say  thank you  in a unique way; by printing your name on the court for the next Vitality Roses home international series  to proudly show all of the names of those members who came together to help netball  #RiseAgain. 

However, we recognise that some members of our  Netball  Family have also suffered financial hardship this year, so for that reason, we want to offer an  optional  30% discount*  (payable against the national element of  membership)  to those who need it, to ensure everyone who  wants to, can enjoy our sport.  If you choose to,  simply  use code RISE2020 before 30 September 2020  at checkout, in the promotional code field. If you haven’t already, there is only 2 weeks left to use this code so make sure you don’t miss out.

If you have any issues with your membership, please do not hesitate to contact the regional office on southwest@englandnetball.co.uk

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 – Welcome back Rachel!

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

As netball starts to return, we’ve been super happy to welcome back lots of things that bring us joy… A return to a modified version of the game, a return to being able to throw a ball around… and the return of one of our team members! This week, the South West Team have welcomed back Gloucestershire Netball Development Officer, Rachel Bussey, from furlough.

When workplaces and schools closed, and we all went into the original lockdown period, Rachel had the almost impossible task of working from home and looking after her two small (adorable but very time-consuming!) children. Being able to be furloughed helped her with the very tricky juggling act but we’re very happy to say that, since schools have reopened, Rachel is back with us and raring to go to support Gloucestershire.

“It’s great being back working again… I’m only on day three but already feel like I haven’t been away!” says Rachel. “It’s an exciting time to get back in the saddle as we edge ever closer to returning fully to court. My thanks go to Kerry Brooks, Avon & Wiltshire’s Netball Development Officer, for covering Gloucestershire during my absence.”

Welcome back Rachel, and a big well done to Kerry too. Team South-West is back together!

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 – Seven songs to get you pumped up for netball

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

Whether you’re warming up for a workout or cooling down after the latest Virtual Netball Club session, here are some of the Netball Family’s top tunes.

Music has been shown time and time again to not only motivate you to work out, but it actually improves the quality of your exercise too, by increasing your stamina – and it even puts you in a better mood!

These favourite songs – as chosen by the Vitality Roses ­– are perfect for before or during your own workouts.

For those of you who are England Netball members, they’re ideal tunes for listening to before you join our Virtual Netball Club sessions, so turn up the volume up and get pumped!

Jade Clarke: Sweet Talk by Jessie Ware (Cyril Hahn remix)

Beth Cobden: Faith by George Michael

Jodie Gibson: The Sweetest Thing ft. Lauryn Hill by Refugee Camp All Stars

Serena Guthrie: Glad You Came by The Wanted

Nat Haythornthwaite: Bring It All Back by S Club 7

Geva Mentor: Pony by Ginuwine

Chelsea Pitman: River ft. Ed Sheeran by Eminem

It was recently announced that the Government has given the sport the green light to accelerate its return through a modified version of the game. You can find out more here.

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)