#wedNEWSday – Congratulations Jean and Karen!

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

Back in December, following the trend of the past year, the England Netball Vitality Goalden Globe Awards took place live on Youtube, with more than 750 people tuning in to watch. Netball South West are delighted that 4 volunteers received accolades on the night, Louise Burgan (Teacher Award) Jean Davies & Karen Jones (Honorary Life Member) & Lindsay Impett (Special Recognition).

The big surprises of the night were Jean Davies and Karen Jones becoming Honorary Life Members. This honour is given to individuals who have given exceptional service to England Netball at a National or International level over a period of time. It is recognised that netball volunteers commit many days, months, and years of their life to netball. At a national and international level, England Netball find this dedication and service invaluable. Our two wonderful volunteers that received these awards have gone above and beyond their roles.

Jean Davies:

Jean, a member of Saints Netball Club in Cornwall, is a proud ambassador of the sport who has dedicated her life to high performance netball development. Jean’s knowledge has been gained over many years, in many different roles on numerous committees. Her passion for netball shines through in all she does, especially in her goal of seeing netball in England become number one in the world. Jean has impacted so many individuals in her multiple roles especially as a coach and selector, currently holding the role of the Roses National Academy Selection Chair.

Aside from her national and county roles, Jean has also volunteered as a lead coach in the development of netball in Ethiopia, where she has worked with more than 40 Ethiopian teachers to empower the game in a fun and supportive environment. As an innovator with inspirational leadership skills and with player development focus, Jean is admired and respected by all who know her. Her experience allows her to work alongside Netball South West President Denise May organising the SW U16 & U14 Regional League, providing much-appreciated support to Denise.

On receipt of the Honorary Life Membership, Jean remarked that she is “absolutely thrilled to receive this accolade”. She went on to say that it was “totally unexpected” and that she was “totally shocked and humbled”, expressing thanks to those who nominated her.

Jean is one of those individuals that is unassuming of her own success and continues to give back to netball and provide opportunities to others.

Karen Jones:

Where to start about Karen, she is currently the chair of Netball South West and is an exceptional individual who has provided outstanding services to netball at National, Regional and County level in a variety of roles over the past 30 years. Karen has many years of experience in management/leadership/sport development to ensure discussions and decisions are always strategic and focused to support the direction of Netball South West.

She is passionate about umpiring, being an active A award umpire, tutor, assessor and mentor. She is committed to umpiring, coach education and giving back to grassroots netball for the future. Throughout her umpiring journey, Karen has actively travelled to umpiring around the UK and even further afield.

“Karen is the consummate professional and offers outstanding guidance and support to me in my role as President of Netball South West,” says Denise May MBE. “She gives unstintingly of her time to ensure netball is upheld as a leading sport, offering opportunities for all.”  Karen was very surprised and honoured to receive this well deserved award, and we couldn’t be prouder of her.

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)

Netball South West Wonderful Wellbeing Month

On Monday 18th January, Netball South West launched the first ‘Wonderful Wellbeing Month’ to its members. This month is designed to provide activities and tip to help our netball family successfully navigate through Lockdown 3.

We understand you are desperately missing netball, and it is great to see how clubs are working together to keep everyone active. Netball South West wants to provide you with not just fitness challenges but ways to support your mental health through this tough time. Over the next month we will be sharing with you:

  • Monday Motivation – fitness activities and challenges that you can do on your own or as part of a team.
  • Time For Yourself Tuesday – ideas and activities to make sure that you take some time for yourself.
  • #WedNEWSday – our long-standing news articles, which share best practice and good news stories from around the region.
  • Press Play Thursday – we have joined forces with some amazing netballers to give you a chance to get to know them and understand what they do with netball.
  • Feel Good Friyay – providing ideas, activities, and exercises to help you feel good as you head into the weekend.

All our activities will be launching daily on our social media challenges so make sure you follow us and get involved at:

Twitter:  @NetballSW

Facebook:  Netball South West

Instagram: Netball SW

If you have any questions, please do not hesistate to contact the Regional Office on Southwest@englandnetball.co.uk

#wedNEWSday – Let’s Stay Connected

Hartpury’s new virtual sessions

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

For this week #wedNEWSday story we spoke to Holly at Hartpury College before the first event (Injury Prevention) in their Community Calendar takes place this evening live on their Instagram page.

Holly said ‘We have our student schedule which currently consists of 3 whole academy technical sessions, 1 yoga session and 1 team session per week. The top University group and top College group both have 2 Strength & Conditioning sessions per week too! Obviously at the moment these are all virtually which is so frustrating but each week the team session is not necessarily technical – e.g., this week the College 1st are reviewing a video analysis game to see if our structures worked, what combinations are better etc. whereas the 4th team are doing a team quiz!’

Hartpury Netball have decided to launch a community calendar in order for the college to keep engaged with the clubs and the new recruits! Normally they would be in College but with the current situation, they wanted to make sure that as a big community establishment, they still reached out!

Holly mentioned that ‘Wednesday 13th will be the first live Instagram at 18.30 where we are doing a preventing injury chat with myself, our physio and S&C. This is to give people an example of warm ups, cool downs and recovery processes. Everyone will be starting up home workouts again and we want to help them best we can prevent getting injured! Next week, Wednesday 20th live via our Instagram at 19.00 is a live Q&A chat with University player and Stars U21 Thalia Letori and College player, Bath u19 and England Roses Academy Lily Jones. They will be having a general chit chat and asking any questions people may want to ask about Hartpury!’

Moving forward, Wednesday 27th is a technical training session which is open to anyone and this time will be via zoom and booked through emailing Holly (holly.duerden@hartpury.ac.uk). This will be being delivered by Nikki Lloyd and on Wednesday 3rd February there will be on the Hartpury Instagram live at 18.00 with a special Super League guest who will be talking about managing diabetes at an elite level. Paige will be on our account and having a chat with our guest! Coming up on Wednesday 10th Feb there will be a video analysis workshop with Holly, Paige and the analysis at Hartpury which will include looking at software, what to look for in a game etc. If you are interested this can be booked in with Holly.

Keep an eye out on the Hartpury Netball Instagram page (Hartpury Netball), looking forward to seeing the sessions.

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

Randwick raising funds for Sunflower Suicide Support!

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

Due to the lack of netball currently Randwick Netball Club wanted to find a way to stay connected…

Randwick netball club have decided to raise money for an amazing local Gloucestershire charity, Sunflower Suicide support 🌻

As a club, there are 96 members taking part, plus their families covering 2021 miles (walking, cycling, running & swimming!!) within the month of January! Their way of staying connected virtually🥰 the initial target was £100, and within 24 hours this was raised to £600!  The target now stands at £1200.00.

The idea came around as since the start of the first lockdown last March, Randwick’s coaches were providing online challenges (on their Instagram @randwicknetball) for their club members. There was a new challenge each week for club members & their families to partake in & has been very popular. Challenges ranged from ‘5K your way’ to ‘well-being week’ & it was a way of keeping our club ‘together, at a distance’. This ended at the end of lockdown 1 and started again as netball was cancelled in Autumn & similar restrictions were put in place. As the new year came around & netball was again cancelled, Randwick decided it was time for a bigger & better challenge, and a way in which to raise money for an extremely deserving local charity.

The club are staying connected by everyone posting their miles on social media, with kind comments of encouragement from other members. Once this challenge is up, they will be restarting the ‘#RandwickChallenge’ over on their Instagram page, ensuring the challenges range from physical to mental & wellbeing ones, keeping in close contact with our club members & remind them they are always here if they need.

After speaking to Misha from Randwick, she told me that the club have now decided increase their challenge. She said ‘Due to the fact that we have covered 844 miles (by day 5?!?!) we’ve decided to increase our challenge & add a mile for every £1 raised! So our total mile aim is now 3133 miles atm, and as our donations increase so will our miles to cover!’

we can’t wait to see how far you get! If you’d like to donate to the club, the link is:


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)