#wedNEWSday – First Virtual Goalden Globes Round up

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

On Friday night, we celebrated the very first Virtual South West Regional Goalden Globe Awards, after the original event in May was postponed due to the current pandemic. Myself (Laura Woodruff, SW Regional Coordinator) and the Regional Management Board spent time working out how would be best to celebrate all of the South West volunteers.

This year’s awards did not disappoint ­– we saw 93 volunteers including England Netball staff join us on Zoom to share laughter and tears, to celebrate the fabulous amount of hours and hard work that our volunteers put in. We recognised all the nominees across 8 categories, with the final award of the evening, the Heather Crouch Award, dedicated to one of the 8 winners.

The categories were announced by MC David White from BBC Radio Cornwall and featured videos from Fran Connolly, England Netball CEO; Team Bath players, Serena Guthrie, Eboni Usoro-Brown and Kim Commane; Severn Stars players, Jane Taylor, Chloe Carchrie and Paige Reed, and a wonderful surprise video from double Olympic champion, Helen Glover, and naturalist Steve Backshall.

Each award had at least 3 nominees and we heard lovely snippets about each nominee before the winner was announced. Read more about the winners below:

Grassroots Coach Award: Sarah Clark, East Devon

Sarah’s ability to think outside of the box is a great asset to her coaching, as she is able to provide feedback for athletes and encouraging players. Spending time reflecting on her coaching encourages her can-do attitude, which sets a great example to both peer coaches and athletes alike. Her love for coaching and the sport shine through, giving a great experience to keep teenage girls actively involved.

Nominees: Sharon Steward, Paula Isaacs, Rebecca Mitchell, Stacey Gilbert, Liz Banyard, Taryn Perkins, Lisa Birks, Karen Short & Kathryn Walker

Grassroots Officials Award: Danny Neill, Dorset

Danny provides opportunities for TTO and umpires across the South West and is always willing to support new umpires. His management and development of the Officiating Technical Support Group within Netball South West has seen a surge in courses, coordination of umpires and positive relationships with our franchises. He has been devoted to the game of netball for more than 20 years and always puts the needs of others above himself. Danny is the essence of what an official should be. 

Nominees:  Sarah Lewis, Caroline Cavanagh, Elizabeth Hall & Samantha Parker

Mary Bulloch Administrator Award: Heather Clemens, Cornwall

Over the past 5 years, Heather has always gone above and beyond her roles which have facilitated the smooth running of the club. Heather really is ‘club mum’, the go-to for a multitude of roles within the club but also for support for players. From funding, CAPS support and the prep talk she gives, she makes everything so much easier each time. Without Heather, the club would not have achieved financial security for their regional side.

Nominees: Sarah Lewis & Sarah Lapping

Muriel McNally Award: Lorraine Beel, East Devon

Since starting Titans Netball Club, Lorraine has made sure that the club runs effectively and efficiently for all members to enjoy netball. Over the past year, Lorraine has managed to increase the number of volunteers, provide more competition and have created a positive impact throughout the club. Lorraine is 100% committed to netball, always having a smile on her face even when she up till the early hours completing paperwork. Without Lorraine, Titans Netball Club would be nothing.

Nominees: Rebecca Squire, Danny Neill, Chrissie Brooks, Trish Warwick, Kelly Browne, Dawn Gardener, Mavis Thorpe, Natalie Roddy & Kelda Snell

Teacher Award: Louise Burgan, Dorset

Lou is passionate about sport, encouraging girls to try new positions/practices to help them be the best. Lou gives the girls the confidence to aim high and gives them the opportunities to play against teams of all levels, making sure they all receive significant match play and tournament experiences, and dedicating time outside of teaching hours to inspire the girls. Lou is a positive role model for the girls, and through her love of netball has seen them grow in confidence.

Nominees: Rebecca Divall & Nadia Edyvean

Outstanding Netball Club: Galmington Netball Club, Somerset

Galmington Netball Club is outstanding because of its commitment to developing and maintaining a positive, supportive, fair club culture. The community network support sees them donate contributions to various charities both locally and nationally. They have managed to build a wider volunteer base, which has allowed the club to continually develop with coaching, umpiring, playing and volunteering opportunities. Recognising worth and valuing volunteers, investing in personal development and operating in a culture that thanks individuals and rewards commitment is at the heart of the club, making sure that the future of netball at GNC is carried on.

Nominees:  Titans Netball Club

Unsung Hero Award: Jill Aldridge, Wiltshire

Jill at the age of 78 still manages, umpires, coaches and plays netball. She has dedicated 39 years of her life to netball and would still be coaching every night of the week if allowed! Jill is an inspiration to so many at the club and has expanded the management group at Croft, brought creativity and has supported numerous members in the community by volunteering in schools and providing the health and wellbeing benefits of netball. 

Nominees: Pat Lander, Sylvia Neill & Julie McClean

Young Volunteer Award: Abigail Humphrey

Abbie has enabled Bodmin Netball club to expand and develop the junior section due to her commitment to coaching, volunteering, and attending workshops, all alongside her studies. Abbie has worked alongside School Games Organisers to deliver netball in primary sessions and creating links to expand and develop the U12 section. Abbie always has a smile and is extremely encouraging towards players and participants.

Nominees: Ella Fraser-Smith, Amy Mortimer, Alice Clark, Georgina Goodwin, Charley Warren and Aimee Ellis.

Heather Crouch Award winner: Danny Neill!

We would like to say congratulations to all of the winners and nominees and we wish all the winners the best of luck when they go forward to the National Goalden Globe Awards that are taking place on the 10th December.

Keep your eyes peeled on the Goalden Globe page for the National award updates and news about next year awards (https://netballsouthwest.co.uk/make-the-game/votm/)

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 – Lets Stay Connected

Welcome Back Fern!

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

Whilst the nationwide return to netball has been put on pause for the moment, the South West Team has welcomed another team member back into the fold. Cornwall’s Netball Development Officer, Fern Noott, has returned from maternity leave and is eager to switch from nappy changing and weaning mode to all things netball development! 

“It’s been lovely to have had this past year to focus on being a new parent and to watch my little one grow. I feel incredibly lucky. I am really pleased to be back to work and I look forward to hopefully touching base with everyone soon!” says Fern. “My thanks go to Lucy Higgins for covering the role during my absence and to all of the wonderful volunteers for keeping netball going in whatever way they have been able to this past twelve months. It’s such an unusual and uncertain time at present but I can’t wait to do what I can to support the Cornwall Netball family in returning to court as and when the time is right” 

Please note, Fern continues to work part-time but her working days will now be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings. 

Welcome back Fern, and a big thank you to Lucy who we’re pleased to say will be part of Team South-West for a little longer as she provides support to Somerset and Dorset! 

For any Cornwall related queries, please contact fern.noott@englandnetball.co.uk / 07540126593 

For any Dorset queries, please contact dorset@englandnetball.co.uk 

For any Somerset queries, please contact somerset@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)

Government lockdown and what this means for community netball

Following the Government announcement on Saturday 31 October, we are deeply disappointed to confirm that community netball will be suspended until the national lockdown, coming into affect on Thursday 5 November, is lifted. All community netball following the Return to Play roadmap is impacted including club activity, leagues, local pathway activity and all England Netball programmes including Back to Netball and Walking Netball. Activity operating as part of the elite sport framework is however permitted to continue.

The efforts of the Netball Family since the Government signed off our Return to Play plan in August have been inspiring. England Netball are immensely proud of the huge amount of care and attention the Netball Family has taken to ensure that the virus isn’t spreading through netball activity. We sincerely thank the committees and COVID-19 Officers who interpreted the guidance and developed risk mitigation plans, the coaches who’ve carefully planned sessions, the officials who have implemented the modifications, and every single player who has stepped back onto court. The opportunity to play even for a few short months will have meant even more after these difficult times for so many.

During this second lockdown, we will do everything we can to give the Netball Family what you love most; netball! Throughout the pandemic, the Virtual Netball Club (VNC) has continued to run exclusively for members so that you can keep fit, active and connected to our sport. Whilst the thought of another lockdown is going to be tough on so many, rest assured that we will do all we can to keep you entertained and engaged via this platform throughout this time. We will be running even more virtual netball sessions including fun junior sessions, exclusives with the Vitality Roses and much more. We’re kicking things off with a Bonfire Night extravaganza on Wednesday 4 November, plus keep your eyes peeled for upcoming VNC emails. The VNC is one of many great membership benefits, click here for more information.

We are currently anticipating a return to court in early December for community netball and whilst this is likely to be under the tiered system, this won’t keep us away for long. We will continue to update the website and Care Package as we know more, communicate with COVID Officers and run forums to support netball organisations and COVID Officers, coaches and officials.

We thank you for supporting netball through these challenging times. We are so grateful to have you on the team and will continue to do all that we can to support you, entertain you, and fight for you – and the sport – during the pandemic, and beyond. When we can return, this time we already know which facilities are available, risk assessments and mitigation plans are written and players know what they are doing. So, we will be back on court in no time. We will always have each other, and together, we will ensure netball will #RiseAgain.