#wedNEWSday – What a year!

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

This week we are doing a round the region special for our final wedNEWSday story of 2021. Each county Netball Development Officer has picked their counties top 3 highlights for the year and what a year it has been! From the restart of netball to the launch of a new strategy and rebrand, the sport really is going from strength to strength, I wonder what the new year will have in store…


  • Before the 2020-21 season was out, several volunteers, players, coaches and officials took their first steps towards rebuilding, reuniting and returning to court. 100 players returned to court through Netball Now programmes, the first summer leagues in a long time took place (junior and senior) and many clubs were working hard at providing regular activity.

Skip forward to the 2021-22 membership year and all the county’s leagues are back up and running and 90% of the county’s 2019-20 registered clubs have returned. Together, this has enabled players, coaches, officials, and volunteers up and down the county to reunite and enjoy being on court together again.

A sell out Level 2 coaching course based in Cornwall, leading to 12 newly qualified coaches in the county. England Netball’s revamped course delivery has also led to 6 newly qualified Level 1 coaches.


West Devon County secured £10,000 funding from Sport England for floodlights at Eggbuckland School so they could return netball activity in Plymouth safely and whilst the Plymouth Life Centre was shut for refurbishment. They ran Netball Now sessions, Back to Netball sessions and a summer league which was all free to members and a great success.

All of East Devon’s leagues are back running activity for members successfully helping to return 94% of 19/20 membership.

Back to Netball in Crediton had an amazing 47 participants, a massive well done to coach Sarah Bishton.


Wellington Netball Now and Back to Netball groups got off to a flying start in May and haven’t looked back since. A total of 156 participants have joined the sessions, and the sessions have provided a great opportunity to get back on court, which has brought a lot of joy. It’s also led to friendly games, hoodies, social events – a real netball community. Well done to all involved!

Not just content with getting their own players back on court, Yeovil Netball Club have started up three new programmes of Back to Netball and Walking Netball, as well as Bee Netball. A very proactive club, they have organised something for every age group and ability level, which is just what we like to see!

All of Somerset’s member leagues have returned, and support given for all clubs to return too. We even had a new club start up this year (Sherborne Wildcatz) who play in Somerset, and the Somerset Netball committee have been super supportive and helpful to those needing extra support for their return to court. Thank you everyone!


100% of leagues back up and running and the majority of clubs coming back stronger than ever thanks to dedicated volunteers.

Schools Area and County tournament dates for 2021/2022 set, with organisers appointed for eleven tournaments across the County.

Competitive trials for all U13 and U15 Satellite and County Academies, resulting in strong performance pathways in Dorset.


Having all EN Leagues back up and running.

Having a strong relationship with Swindon Netball Development Officer and Wiltshire Council encouraging 16 Walking Netball sessions to take place.

The development and success of Junior Netball across the County.


The overwhelming supporting from 2663 members which is 90% of 19/20 members who purchased EN membership and helped the rebuild of netball across Avon.

The incredible work from the Avon County Netball Association to help support all their clubs and leagues return, answering all questions and queries.

Working with Netball Development Community Coach Sue to help get as much netball back as possible following the pandemic.


Over 100 members took part in Gloucestershire’s Return to Court sessions in April – a bespoke programme designed by GCNA to slowly and safely encourage members back to court.

A Gloucestershire Covid Champions WhatsApp group has been created in the county – a platform to speak to Covid Officers directly and share vital information promptly.

All leagues and clubs in Gloucestershire are fully back and membership renewal is up 113% compared to 19/20 putting us in the top ten of percentage renewal in the country and highest in the South West.

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 – A Very United Christmas

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

With Christmas yet again looking like it won’t be the usual celebrations, a Gloucestershire based netball club began thinking about how they could engage members and share the festive netball spirit.

United Netball came up with the idea to share something on each of the 25 days of Christmas and use social media for good. Each day, a post would go out with useful netball information, facts about the game, tips on self-care or sharing the new England Netball strategy. Thanks to Social Media Officer Cat, the club has increased its followers on all 3 social media sites (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), which is helping them find new players and stay engaged with friends and family all around the world.

If you want to see the tips that United have been sharing, then please go to one of their channels:

  • Facebook – @unitednetballchelt
  • Instagram – @unitednetball
  • Twitter – @united_netball

The club is based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and has 2 teams currently competing in the county league. As a club they aim to have a friendly approach with a competitive edge. Feel free to get in touch if you’re interested in joining them, they are currently welcoming new players!

Advent calendars aside, another Christmas treat. As part of Netball South West’s membership offer, Netball South West have kindly offered funding for any South West England Netball member wishing to attend one of the Walking Netball Host Training (WNHT) courses detailed below.

Within the region we have three upcoming WNHT courses – Gloucestershire (Sunday 9th January), Devon (16th January) and Wiltshire (20th February) – all with ample space so don’t delay, get booked on today!

To make the most of this offer, please book on and pay to secure your place (link below). Once you have attended the course you will be reimbursed by Netball South West through the completion of a short form detailing your ENA ID number and your course attendance certificate.

To book onto one of the courses, please visit: ENgage (https://engage.englandnetball.co.uk/EnglandNetball)

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 – Cornwall Catch Up

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

This week’s wedNEWSday sees us catching up with Cornwall Netball Development Officer, Fern, to take a closer look at the club and league happenings during this all important rebuild phase.

Apart from a few pockets of club training activity, almost all of the usual activity that would be taking place throughout the county was placed on pause till the summer of 2021. Volunteers on the Cornwall Netball Management Board worked hard to create a suite of activities to both support and welcome players, coaches and officials return to court. Things have moved along at a fair pace since the virtual coach CPD workshops that took place in the Spring. Subsidising Netball Now sessions throughout the summer months, contributed to almost 100 players getting together for some informal gameplay and provided umpires with a familiar and relaxed environment in which to dust off their whistles.

Both the Senior and Junior League Secretaries collaborated in some out of the box thinking and new competitions were created for clubs to get involved in, whilst restrictions allowed. 21 teams participated in the leagues, which provided gameplay for U12, U14, U16 and those eligible to play in the Senior League. Many more umpires utilised these opportunities as a return to court steppingstone too.

Fern wished to extend “a huge thank you to all involved in the work behind the scenes. All of the volunteers worked incredibly hard and it was wonderful to see it all come together and to see so many enjoying returning to court. I have no doubt that this was hugely appreciated by everyone taking part and provided the best platform for the transition to the 21-22 season”.

Fast forward to December 2021 and all of the county’s leagues have returned, fixtures are flowing and the wonderful team behind the league administration have been busy transferring the league management to the system within ENgage. A lot to get to grips with and as with any new system, not without its teething problems, but with persistence and patience it’s getting there.

Things are looking promising for the remainder of 21-22. The resumption of the Winter leagues has seen 90% of clubs return across the county, with new teams featuring at both Junior and Senior level. As we approach the mid-way point, what could be a more fitting end to 2021 than a Junior Christmas Festival! 7 teams from 5 clubs entered the U12 festival, providing many excitable Juniors with their very first taste of Junior Club competition. The players enjoyed playing friendly matches, wearing Santa hats and raising money for Cornwall Hospice Care. The smiles on the players faces say it all and speak for the whole Cornwall Netball family – pleased to be back!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 – Festivals are back!

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

South West Festivals are Back!

We are really excited to be welcoming our Back to Netball family back on court in 2022. It has been a long time since we have experienced the rush of competitive action and the giggles associated with a Back to Netball festival. Get your mates together for a fun day of netball competition tailored for you. Games with like-minded women at your pace, fun and laughter guaranteed.

Back to Netball festivals are a great way to get some competitive experience, here is one back to netballers message to you if you are unsure. “I was really nervous before my first Back to Netball festival but I ended up loving it. It was so nice to play against other teams who were all feeling the same, the umpires were lovely and it was a really fun day. It gave me the confidence to play more regularly.”

Don’t have a group to come with? Register as an individual and we’ll put you with others to make a team.

If you don’t have an umpire for your team that’s ok too, we will organise one for you. Once you have got your team sorted or decided to come along as an individual complete the link below and we will send you details of how to pay by BACS.

Any questions email Jenny devon@englandnetball.co.uk

It’s that simple register now!


Date: Sunday 30th January 2022

Time: 10am-3pm

Location: Paignton Academy, TQ3 3WA

Cost: £10 per person

Closing date 21st January 2022

Registration form: https://forms.office.com/r/xFddd3AmMq


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 – The Adventure Has Begun

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

Thursday 25th November 2021, the day our new adventure went live. Bringing with it not only ambitious and inspiring goals to develop netball over the next 10 years but also a rebrand, a fresh new look, one that stands out from the crowd and shouts we are ONE netball family.

We are not just a sport but a community, one that is creating safe spaces for women and girls all over the country. A place for sharing, laughing and having fun. A place where we can let go of our worries and feel supported by those that surround us. A place that is inclusive for women and girls from all walks of life.

Our new 10-year Adventure Strategy sets out our purpose-led ambition for netball, to build on the momentum our sport has seen in recent years and take it to new heights for the decade ahead. You can view the full ‘Adventure Strategy’ here.

“It is our goal that by 2031 netball in England offers a true game for life, with an offer for all communities supported at every life stage and every life age, to be the sport of choice for women and girls for years to come.” – Fran Connelly CEO

Our Purpose

Ours is a purposeful adventure. The journey of the next 10 years will be defined by a sense of duty and aspiration.

To lead a movement, on and beyond the court.

To uphold an unapologetic focus on women and girls whilst opening the game for new audiences to belong, flourish and soar.

Introducing our new look

Spelling out the word ONE, our logo sits apart from the red, white and blue of traditional governing bodies. It is adaptable, open to your own interpretation, bold and friendly all at the same time. We are ONE netball family championing the individuality of each person. Learn more about England Netball’s new brand identity here.


New partnerships

On Monday 22nd November, England Netball announced a new partnership with England Men’s and Mixed Netball Association (EMMNA). Over the coming months we’ll be working closely with EMMNA to develop a strategic growth plan for male participation, whilst carefully ensuring it complements our aspirations for the female game, which will remain our focus. Further information can be found here.

As part of the new partnership, an England Development squad will face two leading men’s sides in curtain raiser games as part of the Vitality Netball ‘Roses Reunited’ series in Nottingham on Dec 4 and 5.

Onwards together!

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)