NSW Games Conference

Games conferenceThe University of St. Mark and St. John in Plymouth Marjon recently hosted the Netball South West Games Conference on 31 May 2015. The Games Conference was attended by over 70 coaches and umpires from across the South West who were treated to a range of truly informative and inspirational workshops by some of the most knowledgeable deliverers in their field of netball expertise.

The Conference included a number of workshops which focused on coach and umpire personal development. Gary Burgess lead informative Umpiring workshops which were followed by Coach Education workshops delivered by Denise Ellis, Maggie Jackson, Anita Navin, Denise Egan, Gilly Salter and Katie Noonan.

Karen Jones, Netball South West Chair, said “What a great day for our coaches and umpires. The volunteers worked really hard to deliver a top-notch conference which exceeded our expectations on all fronts. We’re already looking into the prospect of delivering another event.”

Feedback from the attendees on the day was positive and included comments such as:
“I came away inspired, confident in my coaching ability and a hunger to learn more”
“I really enjoyed the course last week and found it very beneficial”
“An informative day with well delivered workshops.”
“Amazingly education and great opportunity to ask questions. Many questions answered and exciting new opportunities ahead.”

The Netball South West Games Conference was a great success and complimented the national netball conference ‘Make the Game Live’.

Team Bath Coaching Workshops

teambathAre you a coach interested in observing and getting involved with Superleague coaches and Coach Educators working in Performance Netball.

These Team Bath coaching workshops are an opportunity to gain hands on experience across a range of topics with some of the top UK netball specialists.

For more information on these courses or to book yourself a place please see the flyer below or visit www.teambath.com

Team Bath coaching workshop information.pdf

South West success at Golden Globes

Rose Award - Karen JonesLast weekend the national Goalden Globe Awards took place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry to celebrate the outstanding work and dedication of all of England Netball’s volunteers and to present the national awards to the regional Goalden Globe winners.

All of the South West’s regional winners were among the nominees for their respected categories and enjoyed a Great Gatsby themed evening alongside the finest names in netball including The Roses head coach Tracey Neville.

Congratulations to Danny Neill (Dorset & South West) who was the winner of the Grassroots Officials Award. Danny has been heavily involved in officiating for a number of years and currently chairs the Netball South West Education and Training Group which looks at developing coaches and officials across the region. Danny launched the Talented Young Umpire Programme with the vision of having a group of young volunteers pass their A Award and earlier this year 2 officials were successful in doing this, thanks largely to the support Danny gave them over the last 6 years.

Another big congratulations goes to Active Devon for winning the Rose Award. Active Devon have made an exceptional contribution to netball by having innovative funding programs which have enabled netball to be activated in Devon as well as promoting and actively assisting with working partnerships between themselves, the leisure industry, local authority partners and England Netball. Active Devon were also celebrated for their successes with the Active Villages Netball project, the Active Communities project and their workforce bursary which has seen over 100 new netball players introduced to the game, 4 new adult and 3 new junior netball clubs formed and supported 51 coaches develop their skills and gain UKCC qualifications.

A massive well done to both winners as well as all of the regional Goalden Globe winners who were nominated for national awards.

Romans give Premier performance at pre-season tournament

Premier_RomansEleven teams from across the region and an invitation team from South Glamorgan, came together on Sunday 13th September in the Sports Training Village at the University of Bath to challenge for the first competition of the season.

Although billed as a friendly tournament, the level of play was intense with the teams using the four quarter format to rotate squads and try out different player combinations.  Hucclecote, unbeaten in Group A, were unable to sustain their winning ways, losing to Exeter, runners-up in Group B in one of the semi-finals. The other semi-final saw Group A runners-up, Premier Romans beat the invitation team, CTK who had won their group on goal average.

With both teams now playing their seventh game of the day, Premier Romans eventually triumphed 13 goals to 7 over Exeter in the final.

The tournament was also used to provide mentoring to umpires, especially those wishing to advance to the next officiating award.  Danny Neill, Netball South West’s Officiating Manager, was pleased with the event, “It is vital that umpires are able to access this level of competition if they want to progress. We have a great group of mentors, themselves experienced “A” Award umpires, and we are grateful to them for giving up their time to help those coming up the officiating ladder”.

Job Opportunity: Regional Academy Assistant Coach (Truro) Maternity Cover

nsw_whitebgNetball South West is looking for a Regional Assistant Coach for the Truro Regional Academy.

It is England Netball’s vision to become World Champions by 2019, and to go on to experience consistent success and World and Commonwealth level for years to come. In order to achieve this we must generate a new Performance Pathway that will produce and deliver athletes into the England programme.    Fundamental to the new Performance Pathway is the recent announcement that Netball South West have been successful in gaining support from England Netball to run 3 Regional Academies and 1 Regional Performance Academy. The Academies enable players to train year round in a high quality training environment, creating a magnet for identified players who wish to pursue their ambition to represent England.

You can read full job descriptions attached

Regional Performance Academy Assistant Coach

  • Truro College
  • Monday 6.30-9.30pm
  • 48 weeks a year


  • These positions involve contact with young people and will be subject to DBS disclosure
  • All positions are subject to review throughout the season
  • Expenses will be reimbursed at £15 an hour

If you are interested in applying for this role please complete the attached form and return it to Linda Dyer, Performance Pathway Chair by Friday 4th Sept 2015 – lindadyer7@hotmail.com

An independent panel will review the applications and successful applicants will be notified and invited for an interview

If you have any queries regarding any of these posts, please feel free to contact Linda via email or mobile for an informal discussion.

Linda Dyer – NSW Performance Chair
Email:  lindadyer7@hotmail.com
Mobile:  07974 752912

Coaching Expression of Interest Form
Job Opportunity – Truro – Ass Coach RA

Hucclecote Netball Club announce new Premier Division One Coach

Jamilla AbbotHucclecote Announce New Coach for the 2015-16 Season

Hucclecote Netball Club is pleased to announce ex Welsh International and Superleague Player Jamilla Abbot as their New Premier Division One Club Coach.

Jamilla brings with her a wealth of playing experience having represented Wales at two Commonwealth Games and two World Championships.  Jamilla has played in the Superleague for Celtic Dragons for four years, and Northumbria for one season.  Alongside this, she has represented Hucclecote on and off since 2005.

Jamilla gained her UKCC  L2 Qualification in 2013 and is currently finishing her UKCC  L3.  Having worked alongside Melissa Hyndman as the assistant coach for Celtic Dragon for two years, Hucclecote are thrilled to announce this new appointment.

Jamilla said “I am really excited at the prospect of taking on the challenge of Lead Coach for Hucclecote in the Premiership.  Hucclecote’s reputation as a performance club is second to none and I am looking forward to the start of the new season”