#wedNEWSday – South West Hawks Netball

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

“South West Hawks are a brand new mens netball team based in the South West of England encompassing players from Bristol, Bath and surrounding areas in the South West. With mens netball ever growing across the UK, Hawks are keen to represent the South West and give males on this side of the country the opportunity to play closer to home, or even start their netball journey!
South West Hawks have their first ever trials scheduled for Saturday 19th June at Coombe Dingle Sports Complex, Bristol. The trial is inviting all males whether experienced in netball or not, to come along and take part in some training and match play and experience a taster of the mens version of the game. The aim is for organisors to then form a team who can train and compete against both male and female netball teams across the UK.

With the England Mens & Mixed Netball National Tournament coming up in August 2021 Hawks are keen to field a side and be involved in making history for mens and mixed netball in the UK. So do you know any males who have always been keen to play but never given the opportunity? Are you a male sick of being sat on the side line of the court and fancy the chance to get stuck in? Then South West Hawks want to hear from you! Check out their social media pages for contact details and further information on upcoming dates.”

If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to the South West Regional Coordinator (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Level 2 Coaching course takes place in Cornwall!

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

This weekend (19th & 20th June), Cornwall saw the first full England Netball Level 2 Coaching Course take place for the first time in a very long time. Learners gathered together at Sir Ben Ainslie Sport Centre, Cornwall for the face-to-face element of the course, which had been carefully planned in accordance with the current Covid safety guidance. 

 Last week, we caught up with a couple of the local learners from Cornwall based club, Helston NC. Both providing insight into their netball coaching journeys and how they’re finding England Netball’s revamped coaching offer to be.  

Rachel said “It’s been great to continue my coaching journey during this current ‘downtime’ caused by Covid. Being online has made it so accessible for me, with family and work commitments. I’ve found the online classes very engaging, and the online system is very easy to use. Can’t wait for the practical session this weekend to meet everyone in person!” 

Fellow club colleague, Leeza, noted that “Netball has been a big part of my life since primary school.  I had the opportunity to represent my county at U21 and still play in the Cornwall Senior and Social leagues.  I felt I wanted to give something back to the sport I love and when the Level 2 course was offered and to be held on the doorstep at Sir Ben Ainslie Centre, Truro it was just too good an opportunity to miss!”. 

 For further information about England Netball’s Level 2 Coaching Courses and for future course dates, please head to England Netball | Coaching. 

If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to the South West Regional Coordinator (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – We Love Walking Netball

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

We hear from Angela Bass, Trailblazers Walking Netball on how it feels to get back on court. She told us:

After months of “What’s App” chat trying to keep everyone’s spirits up it was great, on the 15th April to be welcomed back to Hutton Moor Leisure Centre albeit on the outdoor Tennis courts and how brilliant to get our Trailblazers ladies back together.  With some funding from Sports England and “This Girl Can” campaign, we managed to purchase some extra equipment: beanbags, targets, marker spots, low nets, new netballs, we started our campaign of “Lets get Netfit”,  the aim to get our ladies moving again, regain their confidence, no pressure, just fun and lots of smiles and laughter. So with the Partnership Agreement, social distancing, sanitising stations, Covid officers, Opt in forms, 4  foot rule on court and groups of six off court  all in place and eighteen ladies raring to go we were back.

It was wonderful to see everybody enjoying themselves, although it was a challenge  to make sure we were following all the guidelines. As Hosts we felt a tremendous responsibility to keep all our ladies safe. They were  brilliant and the only problem was  they were so excited being back together they seemed to have lost the ability to count to 6 !!  We had to constantly remind them of this when leaving the court.     Sessions continue to bring new challenges but  we look forward to the time when we can all relax and just enjoy our Walking Netball without restrictions.

If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to the South West Regional Coordinator (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Volunteer week, Gloucestershire Committee

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

When it comes to volunteering, two members of the Gloucestershire committee have gone over and above this year.

Nicola Parry from the Adult Working Group has been instrumental in getting Gloucestershire’s members back on court following lockdown 3.0. She has kept in frequent contact with the 26 clubs in the county, resulting in a tailored Return to Court programme. The programme sessions were coach lead and provided over 100 members safe, structured netball, with a specific focus on fitness and keeping injury free after the long, enforced break.

Another testament to the fabulous Return to Court programme Nic set up was the successful completion of a Sport England Small Grants bid. GCNA applied for the grant and were awarded the full amount they requested – well done to Les Thomas who took the initiative, and invested the time, to apply on behalf of the committee.

In addition, Nic has expertly organised summer league across two venues in the county, that will hopefully (rules permitting) lead us nicely into the Glos Winter League in September.  Thirdly, and on a personal front, Nic is booked onto her level two coaching course later this year and has proactively set up a Safeguarding course later this month in the county, as the next nearest course is more than 100 miles away. This will save fellow aspiring coaches, like Nic, many miles and minutes.

Behind the scenes, Emily Wilton – Head of the Media and Comms Working Group – has been working tirelessly to fully revamp the Glos website (https://glos-netball.org.uk/). With the help of Les and James Thomas, the new website is fresh, informative and a one stop shop for information regarding all thing’s netball in the county.

A huge thank you to both Nicola and Emily for their recent contributions.

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)