#wedNEWSday – SW clubs gain final reaccreditation!

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

At the start of the summer five clubs from the SW region submitted their (electronic) CAPS folder ahead of the final reaccreditation, as we currently know it.

Netball South West are delighted to announce that all five clubs passed so a huge congratulations to Devizes NC for achieving their bronze reaccreditation, Randwick NC, Dorset Allstars NC and Galmington NC for reaching silver and a special shout out to Cornwall based Saints NC who gained their gold reaccreditation.

Jean Davies, Head Coach from Saints NC was delighted with the news and comments:

“I am so proud of all the hard work that members of the club have done to help Saints Netball Cornwall regain its gold caps award.  It takes dedication from all involved to achieve this award from England Netball. We are so fortunate to have great players, coaches, umpires and committee members. The Saints family continues to strive for excellence in all we do and it’s great to see our efforts recognised by England Netball.”

The review of CAPS should be completed by the end of the year, with the launch of a new club recognition process due in Spring 2022. England Netball will be in touch in due course but, in the meantime, a huge thank you to every club volunteer who continues to work tirelessly to ensure netball activity can continue with brilliant standards upheld.

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 – Glorious Gloucestershire and Awesome Avon

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

Welcome to the third and final part of our three-part series on Netball South West’s Lockdown Hero’s and the incredible work that they have been doing. Today we celebrate those from Avon and Gloucestershire.

Avon

Becci Calver:

“Becki has an amazing capacity to take in information; is a spreadsheet genius and makes it all seem so simple for the rest of us. She has been incredible throughout the pandemic, being our first point of contact with our venues as the world changed before taking on the mammoth task of our leagues COVID-19 officer. She was always there to deal with questions and support clubs who were unsure of what to do and where to find information. Becki has put in a huge amount of work behind the scenes on behalf of everyone in our league. She has definitely been one of our hero’s over the last 12 months.”

Julie Dyer:

Julie has run the Avon Senior League for many years and has formed such good relationships with all of the clubs in the area – everyone knows Julie! At the start of the pandemic she kept all of the clubs informed, fielding all kinds of questions about rules and regulations. Julie’s determination to keep everyone involved and playing netball was inspirational, taking the initiative to plan a Summer league brought many of our clubs back together. She was always on hand to answer questions from clubs as the world opened up again and to clarify the requirements for netball to be able to take place again. Julie is a real hero to all of our clubs and the Avon League in general.”

Sian Robbins:

“Sian did all that she could to keep junior clubs playing netball whenever possible throughout the pandemic. As players returned, she surveyed the thoughts and feelings of clubs and volunteers to gain clarity on how comfortable they were with getting back on court. Taking this on board, Sian looked closely at the safety of players and was conscious in ensuring that players didn’t do too much too soon. She has organised friendlies so that players had something to aim for before the season was over. Sian has done her very best over the past year to support our youngsters and their clubs through the most difficult of times, helping them out the other side and back onto the netball court.”

Gloucestershire

Chloe Jones:

“Chloe is the Chair of Churchdown netball club and has only been in this role for a couple of years. A tricky time to run a club with very little netball taking place. But under Chloe’s leadership, with support from her committee, the club has actually thrived and grown over lockdown and has come out stronger than ever.”

Leigh Trigg:

Leigh has recently set up a new club with a dream of making netball accessible and inclusive to all capabilities. A dream of creating a safe and inclusive environment for participants to develop, learn and grow. Her encouragement and passion has led to players becoming qualified coaches and umpires. She now boasts a club of 36+ members and growing. I’ve watched from afar as the League Secretary of Gloucestershire netball with ultimate admiration as Leigh continues to instil the passion of our sport in new players every single day.”

Les Thomas:

“Les has worked tirelessly across all levels since March 2020 acting as the point of contact for NSW activity. She has been on regular calls to England Netball, interpreting national guidance, liaising with regional clubs, supporting COVID-19 officers and advising County Chairs at numerous meetings. Les has steered the group through several lockdowns and 8 different junior competition scenarios in an attempt to get some form of junior competition running again. Despite numerous disappointments she has persevered undaunted. Les has done all this and more while retaining her incredible sense of humour which colleagues looked for to help keep their spirits up and keep them smiling. I really don’t know what we would have done without her.”

Nicola Parry:

“Nicola has kept in touch with all our member clubs throughout, regularly checking in with them to see how they were feeling about returning to court and making sure that their concerns and anxieties were heard. She was involved in setting up our Return to Court coach-led sessions which were free to members, and especially tailored for those smaller clubs who did not have a Level 2 coach. Nicola has organised our outdoor, friendly Summer League, and is now busy organising our Winter League. She is easily contactable and responsive to queries and her enthusiasm and energy has helped keep us all going with promise of return to Netball at the end of it!”

Shirley Ransom:

“Shirley’s passion and commitment to netball is inspiring. She has continually supported members mental health through the organising of walks, encouraging ladies to get out and back together. This has now become a regular walk and talk group, and during lockdown with no netball available, many of our ladies joined in. The group have now walked over 100 miles during the past year, and in turn encouraged some of our other ladies to form small groups and do the same in their own locations. Upon netball returning a lack of venue didn’t stop Shirley from playing, instead she walked 5 miles to her neighbouring town to join in their session, now that is what I call commitment!”

Sue Wainwright:

“Everyone who knows Sue will agree that she has a netball river running through her veins! Never have we come across anyone who just won’t give in, even during the pandemic to netball coming to a halt! With every announcement from England Netball, the calls and messages began again, and coffee meetings were arranged to reunite members to see what more they could do. She never once gave up and was always the optimistic one to keep netball on the move. Sue is an inspiration to netballers all over the County and is one tough cookie who even the pandemic was never going to get the better of!”

Theresa Veale:

“Theresa has been running a club for 26 years, with the well-being of each member at the heart of everything that she does. Throughout COVID-19 she has organised quiz nights, fancy dress Zoom parties and phone calls to the girls that were struggling, giving them hope. When restrictions lifted, Theresa arranged for players to meet up for running, hiking and fitness training, it was so nice for the players to be able to meet up, exercise and bond again as a team. Without Theresa our club wouldn’t exist, and without our club lots of us would not have the close friendships that we have formed. She has helped so many girls have a purpose, and we couldn’t be more grateful for everything she has done.”

Yasmin Vines:

“Yasmin’s imagination and creativity to engage the whole club and their wider families through various communication channels and her determination to get us back on court and adhering to all the rules to keep us safe was inspiring. She has volunteered so much of her time to prepare, motivate, communicate, and deliver across all of our age ranges and abilities. With the support of our coaches, she provided the energy and much needed enthusiasm that has allowed us to return to competitive netball better and stronger. Our Club values are expressed as ‘little club-big heart’ and Yasmin has lived this throughout lockdown, ensuring that as a club we have come out the other side stronger, more positive, and still with a great passion for netball.”

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who have put their heart and soul into making netball the sport that we all love and enjoy. For bringing people together, creating friendships and providing a safe space for players to believe in themselves.

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 – It’s Somerset and Dorset’s Day

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

Welcome to part two of our three-part series on Netball South West’s Lockdown Hero’s and the incredible work that they have been doing. Today we celebrate those from Somerset and Dorset.

 

Somerset

Rebecca Squire

“Becky’s enthusiasm for netball is infectious and over the last 18 months she has been the driving force behind Somerset County. Her pro-active approach has kept morale high within her committee, leading them through every stage of COVID-19 modifications and constantly offering her assistance to clubs. Becky has overseen every aspect of the restarts and the shut downs, she has ensured that clubs were not left behind due to facility or membership problems. She made sure that social media accounts were kept up to date, providing members with guidance, updates and a platform in which to stay connected to one another. Becky’s personality is what has help the County come together. She really was the best person to lead Somerset County Netball through this pandemic.”

Victoria Bisgrove

“Victoria led fitness sessions via Zoom throughout all lockdowns. Inspiring many players to keep fit through Pilates, ball drills and cardio workouts. It enabled players to connect socially and provided a huge benefit to our mental health. Once the netball courts were open again, Victoria worked to ensure the safety of teams returning to court. She really is an amazing person!”

Faye Symons

“Faye has worked tirelessly and selflessly to make sure our members can get back to playing the sport we love. She has been instrumental in ensuring members remain engaged and communicated with. She has emailed, phoned, video called, sorted bubbles, liased with our venue, bought more equipment, sorted trials, organised events and washed many bibs and managed all this with good humour and a smile. Faye’s knowledge and confidence in risk assessments has given club members huge reassurance in returning to court. She has been proactively looking for ideas to build team relationships, especially where teams had new members, juniors moving up and new combinations of players. For us she has been the Club Secretary of the year and our Lockdown Hero.”

Hazel Hucker

Hazel was instrumental in ensuring clubs were ready to retake to the court as lockdown lifted. I am sure at times it felt like a mountain to climb to get coaches, volunteers, club members and parents all ready to restart. However, Hazel used every social media and method of communication to get the club playing netball again. We have a new venue, newly painted court markings, new posts, new balls and bibs, all the necessary signs and sanitisation equipment required as well as all the paperwork in order and this is all down to Hazel’s commitment through lockdown not to give up. Hazel is her name, but Netball is her game.”

Hollie Wright

“Hollie’s positivity has ensured the continued engagement of many players and officials. Providing playing opportunities whenever possible and encouraging coaches, assistants and volunteers to maintain their involvement. She facilitated the resumption of YJNC junior training in April being lead coach and continuing with it throughout the summer. She has also engaged the interest of new players by setting up Bee Netball sessions from August onwards. Hollie has kept everyone up to date, provided COVID-19 kit bags for the club and was always available to answer any questions.”

Dorset

Kelly Browne

Kelly has been there for us all from our league members to our junior members, we are extremely lucky to have her. With her endless energy and enthusiasm, she kept in touch with the girls giving them ideas about how to keep fit and active, but without undue pressure if they couldn’t engage. At the start of COVID-19, Kelly set up Zoom training sessions for members who had been struggling with having to do their schooling from home. She organised outside training sessions come rain, wind or sun for the 85 juniors/seniors from the club as soon as it was possible. Kelly was there to help get the league up and running again helping with any queries and worries anyone had and made sure that players felt safe returning to court. She was excellent at keeping us up to date and always having time for us all. You really couldn’t find a better example of someone who, week in week out, turns up and gives her time and energy. She is an inspiration to all.”

Anna Coombes

“Anna has worked tirelessly since the lockdown started to ensure the girls at the club stayed focused and fit throughout. In such an important season for the girls, Anna has managed to keep the team on track and ready to step back into netball as and when the regulations allowed. As well as keeping on top of all the COVID-19 guidance, Anna organised regular training, fitness in the park, friendly matches, video analysis sessions, guest coaches, masterclasses with both netball and basketball stars and even managed, with the help of Joss Brown, to secure a new training venue and kit for the girls. As anyone who runs a netball club will know it is not an easy task, even without COVID-19 to contend with, and in a difficult year when the girls could easily have lost their enthusiasm for the sport, Anna has been at the helm making sure that did not happen. The players have gone from strength to strength because of Anna and are hoping they get the opportunity to show this on the court very soon.”

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 – Let’s Celebrate Cornwall and Devon East

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

Following on from last weeks wedNEWSday article we wanted to showcase the amazing people behind the Lockdown Hero recognition awards here in the South West. Starting with Cornwall and Devon East.

Cornwall

 

Emma Moore

“Emma has worked tirelessly to get the girls back on court, researching and seeking guidance from various sporting bodies as well as planning ahead and pre-empting guidance in order to act quickly to get back up and running. Emma fully appreciates the impact on mental health of not being active and acted as a champion for those whose clubs were unable to operate, providing lots of opportunities to help girls to participate.”

Ellis Adamson

“Ellis is an integral part of St Agnes netball club. During the pandemic she made sure there were weekly sessions on our social media sites to keep our members and players talking, active and engaged in the sport we all love. She led Zoom sessions with such enthusiasm ensuring we were all smiling right through and keeping open important channels of support that our club so often offers for so many. When not running fitness sessions Ellis was working as a doctor on the front line caring for end-of-life oncology patients that were suffering with Covid.”

Rachel Jones

Rachel’s passion and determination has meant that our club has been meeting at every opportunity within all guidelines. Using fun, innovative ways to ensure the team could continue to train. Bringing joy back into many ladies who had fought the hardship of the pandemic. Rachel has been taking all members health & wellbeing incredibly seriously and has gone above and beyond with levels of compassion. Reducing members anxiety and empowering ladies to return when many have been in crisis. No amount of words could give Rachel the credit she deserves for her tremendous efforts with our club. She courageously gives her heart and soul to members.”

Kathryn Pearn

“Kathryn has been a ray of sunshine throughout lockdown. She has kept teams together and provided them with safe and enjoyable activities. Kathryn ensured she was up-to-date with all legislation and oversaw every single session, through rain or shine. Due to her amazing abilities to think outside the box, she has allowed many of us to maintain our sanity, when mental and physical health issues were put under immense pressure due to the ever changing Government guidelines. Kathryn has inspired so many women, young and old, to retain or regain their fitness, whilst ensuring the wellbeing of others. Her positivity shines like a beacon even in the darkest of times.”

Devon East

Alice Clark

“Alice, through her dedication to netball and to the netball community, has been a tower of strength and positivity. Alice kept up the girls’ spirits with twice weekly Zoom sessions focusing on fitness, strength, netball skills and most importantly to ensure members remained engaged with netball and friends.  As soon as the rules allowed exercise with one other person Alice braved the winter weather and designed sessions that minimised equipment sharing, maintained the pace to avoid getting cold and used carparks, walls of buildings and steps to keep the sessions fresh. Alice shows a maturity beyond her young years and has proven to be a great role model for teenagers at our club.”

Chantelle Cox

“Chantelle’s commitment to netball has been above and beyond, she puts her heart and soul into everything she does. From organising Zoom netball sessions, fitness classes she has ensured that the young players remained connected throughout the pandemic.”

Dannii Godbeer

“Dannii has really strived to get our club back up and running especially the Junior section. Dannii looked for car parks, fields and any suitable space that would be suitable to cater for the juniors. Through many late nights she made sure all coaches were up to date with the new rules, risk assessments were completed, covid opt in forms were done and made sure that the club knew all the latest guidance. She organised training via zoom as well as online competitions and challenges to keep our club engagement high and a sense of family and community continuously going. Dannii is an absolute credit to the sport, the club and the members and without her we would have not been able to be back where we are and performing at the level we are.”

Karen Perryman

“Karen has willingly and selflessly looked after and supported us throughout the lockdown. by regularly putting on Zoom classes of “Wiggle & Giggle” and Pilates and, when we were allowed, set up Netball Skills sessions in her local park to encourage us to keep as fit, physically and mentally, as we could during the pandemic. She has been a constant support to all of us, creating a continuous sense of family and community.”

Kate Harper

Kate not only ran covid safe training sessions as soon as allowed, She helped set up outdoor courts for training & friendly games. Secured outdoor facilities for our local league. Umpired multiple matches every weeknight to cover for umpires who didn’t feel comfortable during the pandemic. Found players for teams who were short of players and always covered games so nothing was cancelled. Kate has gone above and beyond to keep netball going for everyone. She is an amazing teacher and netball wouldn’t be the same without her.”

Lorraine Beel

Lorraine has kept every single member of Titans engaged whether it has been them attending a zoom fitness session, a COVID safe training session or even an online quiz. Remaining fully up to date with the latest restrictions Lorraine fully risk assessed 5 different venues and was out 4 evenings a week to enable Titans to continue their netball. In addition, she organised virtual awards, equipment funding, safeguarding courses and even cooking competitions! Lorraine’s positivity shone through to everyone and has been a true inspiration to every single member of Titans.”

Sarah Bishton

During the first lockdown Sarah set up online health & well-being advice & fitness sessions for the back to netball groups & their wider friendship groups. When we came out of lockdown she offered back to netball fitness camps at a local field for all levels, aimed at encouraging everyone to get back out again after restrictions started to be lifted. Sarah always has a smile on her face and always wants to do the right thing to encourage us to develop a positive mindset through playing netball.”

We hope you enjoyed reading about all of the amazing work that these lockdown hero’s have been doing for netball. Next week we will be featuring Somerset & Dorset.

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)