#wedNEWSday – Somerset Netballer attains prestigious qualifications

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A Somerset netballer has become only the second coach in England to attain a Level 3 Netball Coaching Qualification alongside holding her A award in officiating.

In fact, Jenna Adamson, who works as Director of Netball at Millfield School in Street, is the only active individual to currently hold both these prestigious qualifications in the country.

“I have always been involved with netball for as long as I can remember, which in the early days was as a player. Although I had coached locally and at camps and in schools, my coaching journey really started when I was 19 and I went to New Zealand to attend Uni and to play netball. A few months before I sustained a knee injury, so when I arrived at the club in New Zealand, they suggested I coach as I couldn’t play,” says Jenna of how she began her journey into coaching.

“When I returned to the UK, I worked my way up through the performance pathway from Satellite to NPL to coaching internationally. I have also worked in an array of schools and have been at Millfield since 2017. I am fortunate that I have managed to make my passion and hobby my career.”

To gain the UKCC Level 3 qualification, Jenna completed more than 200 hours of training, assessments and directed activities, over five years. And in an equally impressive role, Jenna – who as well as coaching at Millfield, is also Assistant Coach at VNSL team Celtic Dragons, and Assistant National Coach of Wales, as well as Head Coach of Team Bath ADC at Millfield School – has also worked her way up as an umpire to gain the A award – the highest award in the EN Officiating Pathway.

Gaining her A Award in November 2018, Jenna was selected into the Elite Development England Officiating group, which enabled her to umpire Netball Performance League (NPL) and Premier League games, as well as the opportunity to be selected to umpire Vitality Roses (England Netball) training and selection matches.

“I believe the two disciplines – coaching and officiating – go hand in hand. Coaching gives you a better understanding of the game as an umpire, in terms of what you can see in front of you and helps with movement and timing when you recognise principles and plays,” she says. “Umpiring gives you a better understanding of the game as a coach as you can proactively inform players of the rules and help them to understand why and where they can adjust their game on court.”

Having played, coached and umpired netball at very high levels, it’s clear that Jenna finds the sport rewarding. “Supporting others and having a positive impact on their learning within netball and their development as an individual off the court, is something which really motivates me to work within the sport,” she says. “Being a part of their journey and helping to shape them as people whilst preparing them for the next steps is incredibly rewarding.”

But for someone who’s such a positive force who’s gone so far in her netball journey, Jenna’s not ready to stop striving yet! “We are just about to go into block 3 of our prep for qualification with Wales for the Commonwealth Games,” she says. “All being well, I’m really looking forward to going to the Commonwealth Games next year, and working towards the Netball World Cup in South Africa the following year.” Nothing can stop Jenna!

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#wedNEWSday – Studland WI are 100

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A huge welcome to our newest Women’s Institute (WI) Walking Netball (WN) group from Studland, Dorset. And it is a double celebration as they also have just celebrated their Centenary as a WI. The very first WI meeting in the UK took place in 1915 with Studland starting up not longer after that.

It may have taken 100 years for netball to come to Studland WI but now that it has arrived, it is proving very popular. The first 3 sessions have seen 20 ladies turn up each time with over 30 on the register. Chrissie and Aggie have been the driving force behind the sessions and they have managed to work with Sarah Clark (Dorset Netball Development Officer) to set up the WN group and get themselves trained as WN hosts in record time! There is plenty of ‘Wiggle and Giggle’ in this group and I think some of the ladies may also be ‘In it to win it’! The ladies are looking forward to entering teams into the WN festival on 13th February 2022 in Yeovil, Somerset (more details soon).

 

Click here to read more about the incredible history of the WI.

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For further information on Walking netball click here.

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#wedNEWSday – Netball and The Well HQ

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Tuesday 16 November, 7.45pm – Netball and The Well HQ: Ask Us Anything – Supporting Teenage Athletes. 

Book your place now!

England Netball have teamed up with The Well HQ to bring members and non-members the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of supporting the teenage athlete. With pioneering women’s health experts alongside Roses Academy Head Coach, Sheonah Forbes, this 1-hour long webinar will look at areas such as why girls drop out of sport at twice the rate of boys, and how to support teenage athletes by understanding how the changes they are going through can impact how they train and perform.

We want everyone to feel comfortable playing the game they love and by creating an environment that empowers and supports these young girls we hope to enable them to thrive.

To register for the upcoming webinar, click here.

Click here to catch up on previous webinars from injury prevention to menopause to mindset and confidence within sport.

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#wedNEWSday – Regional League Update

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With netball coming back stronger each day, teams across the South West have been keen to get back on court and back to playing competitive netball. The South West regional league is now well underway and teams have been travelling across the region to put their skills to the test. It has been wonderful to see so many players enjoying themselves and teams have put in huge amounts of effort to ensure that matches go ahead, whether that’s finding alternative umpires or pulling players up from other squads in their club they are determined not to let COVID-19 get in the way.

The weekend of 30th – 31st October saw Team Jets come over from Jersey for double headers, Les Thomas (Netball South West competitions lead) commented on how grateful she is to the teams for the extra organisation that goes into making these weekends happen.

Unfortunately, several matches have had to be postponed due to COVID-19, however these are being rescheduled for later in the year ensuring equal opportunities for all the teams.

Want to know the latest match results and the dates of the upcoming fixtures? Then click here to find out more.

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