#wedNEWSday – Building a club for the future

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

Lanivet Pandas held their very first community fun netball session in the summer of 2018 and over the past four years this village club has exceeded all expectations culminating with their team debut in the Cornwall Senior league this season.

Now hosting four weekly sessions embracing all ages and abilities, Lanivet Pandas maintain their all-inclusive ethos of fun, friendship and camaraderie.

“I’m proud to be the Panda’s Chairman and Secretary,” said founder member Kathryn Pearn. “Our aim has always been to encourage people of all ages and abilities to return to netball or give the sport a try. Little did we imagine that four years later we’d be registered as a club with England Netball, have a team in the league and hosting Walking Netball Stroller sessions!”

With ages ranging from 16-70, the Pandas cater for all abilities offering weekly Back to Netball, Walking Netball and squad training. The Pandas also have an enviable reputation for their social calendar bringing members from all sessions together.

“None of this would be possible without our fantastic team of volunteers including my fellow founder members Alec and Sam Church,” said Kathryn. “We all share a belief in providing the platform to help physical and mental health through netball and this has been so significant during the COVID crisis. I’m also personally passionate about making our sport accessible to all and building a club for the future.”

The Pandas are committed to enhancing their skill base and keenly support members in their personal development. Tiff Sweet, an original member, has recently qualified as a Level 2 coach and is now starting umpire training alongside fellow Panda Claire Baldock. The club has three Walking Netball hosts led by Sharon Mills-George in addition to Level 1 coaches, Alec Church and Bryony Coates.

“Affiliating with England Netball has been an enormous benefit,” said Kathryn. “It’s helped give us structure and provides a framework to aspire to. As COVID officer the guidance from England Netball has been crucial for our safety during the pandemic. We’re also incredibly fortunate that all our coaches and hosts willingly give up their time and you can’t put a price on their selfless commitment.

If you told me four years ago that the Pandas would be competing in the Cornwall Senior league I’d have laughed with disbelief!  But these girls were ready for a fresh challenge and it’s a natural progression. I’m the first to admit it’s been a huge learning curve bringing ups and downs. But for every worrying moment, watching our girls run out on court wearing Panda dresses makes it worthwhile. And they’re attracting quite a fan club bringing a new dimension to the club. If we could fulfil the official criteria on the umpiring front, the enthusiasm is certainly there for us to field two teams in the league!”

Lanivet Pandas Winter programme:

Back to Netball: Mondays 6pm-9pm, Callywith College

Walking Netball: Tuesdays 2.30pm, Lanivet Parish Community Centre, all-weather

Squad training: Fridays, Callywith College.  From April all sessions return to Lanivet Parish Community Hall, all-weather.

To find out more on how to get involved with Lanivet Pandas click here.

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#wedNEWSday – It’s a busy netball season!

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

It’s been a ‘netball busy’ start to 2022 for the Southwest region despite the ongoing presence of COVID-19. The England Netball COVID-19 guidance continues to minimise risk and maximise enjoyment of our sport and confidence is high within our community. Netball sessions are seeing excellent turnouts, league matches are being played and clubs are training. There is also a lot of activity taking place off court with learners making the most of the Walking and Bee Netball workshops on offer here in the region.

By the end of February we will have delivered our first Back to Netball festival (Devon), our first Walking Netball festival (Dorset) and our first Netball Youth Camp (Gloucestershire) in over two years. Spaces are filling up fast and netballers across the region are eager to attend. Further information on the two upcoming Festivals are detailed below.

Your latest COVID-19 Update: https://newsletter.englandnetball.co.uk/i/XGo-FIc7sUTPB0QGkr4TdxT7rq00jIcCGYPbeHwQJ7U.

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#wedNEWSday – All change in the SW!

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

As of this month, we bid farewell to Kirsty who has been covering Avon and Wiltshire for nearly a year, and welcome back Kerry.

A big thank you to Kirsty who finished just before the Christmas break and luckily for us is staying at England Netball, just moving to work full time as the Birmingham Netball Development Officer.  It’s an exciting time for Birmingham city with the Commonwealth Games starting in July and we wish Kirsty every success in her new, and no doubt, very busy role.

A warm welcome back to Kerry who rejoins us following maternity leave working as the Avon Netball Development Officer three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday).  It’s like Kerry’s never left as it’s only her second day and she’s already planning and plotting netball activity within the county! Welcome back Kerry, it’s great to have you back in Team South West.

For all Avon related enquiries please contact Kerry.brooks@englandnetball.co.uk

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