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

There is nothing quite like a home games! Birmingham definitely met the mark as host city, enabling the West Midlands to come to life and showcase it’s history and culture whilst providing a perfect backdrop for the Commonwealth Games. With over 13,000 volunteers and 4,500 athletes from the Commonwealth’s 72 nations and territories, competing across 19 sports and 8 para sports, it certainly was 11 days of thrilling, heart racing action. These games have, as a result, inspired millions of people to become involved in sport, whether that’s playing, volunteering, umpiring or coaching.

Team South West at the Commonwealth Games

England Netball were not only involved in the action on court but off court too with a ‘Have a Go’ area located in the NEC Arena and a ‘Fan Park’ outside within the NEC grounds, where over 12,000 people, from netball fanatics to netball newbies came to try out the sport we love so much. There were guest appearances from Roses players, opportunities to sign up to sessions and a chance to test your skills. Our #MakeYourMark Station situated in the ‘Have a Go’ was also a huge hit with thousands of fans sharing how netball has impacted their lives on and beyond the court.  

Most of team South West were lucky enough to either attend the games in a working capacity or as a ticket holder, just one of the many benefits of having a home game’s and the opportunities it provides to get involved and catch up with old and new faces alike.

With a staggering 150,000 tickets sold across the CWG netball sessions, netball has been given the spotlight to showcase what an incredible sport it is, one where women and girls of all ages, ethnicities and abilities can come together as one.

The visibility that our sport has experienced during the competition has inspired people across the country to get involved in netball and find their place in the game. With over 500 sessions running across the summer, as well as the relaunch of our Bee Netball junior programme we aim to create a legacy that will continue to inspire all generations. 

Click below to get involved and start your netball journey today.

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Missing watching live netball already? Then book tickets to Vitality Roses Test Series vs Uganda She Cranes. Tickets are selling fast so book yours today.

Have the Commonwealth Games inspired you to volunteer? Netball South West have 2 volunteering opportunities. See below for details.

Netball South West volunteers will help in the identifying of and meeting the needs of everyone involved in netball in order to enhance participation experiences and encourage the uptake of the sport. We currently have the following opportunities available:

Volunteer Lead

As a Volunteer Lead you will be the main point of contact for volunteers and volunteering within Netball South West. This will include ensuring that volunteers receive support, identifying the volunteer needs for NSW, recruiting new volunteers, assisting in the organisation and promotion of volunteer recognition opportunities, for example, the South West ONE Awards and attending working group meetings as deemed necessary.

Youth Lead

As the Netball South West Youth Lead you will represent the voices of young people in netball through listening to them and gaining feedback to help improve their experience. Further to this you will champion the importance of developing young leaders, support the co-ordination of a youth group, and work alongside regional staff and other working groups to promote opportunities for young people.

If you are interested in either of these roles please email: southwest@englandnetball.co.uk for more information, role description and an application form.

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)

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

Across the South West, four Netball Youth Camps took place last week enabling over 65 players to get on court and have some fun.

The camps in Bristol, Devon, Dorset and Cornwall were all Commonwealth Games themed, inspired by the England Roses battling hard to keep their Gold Medal title. Many of the girls taking part have tickets to watch Team England in action up in Birmingham. It’s great to see the positive effect and influence that netball brings into people’s lives on and off the court.

Netball Camps inspired by Commonwealth Games

Want to get involved and fill your summer holidays with netball? Then why not book onto one of our four upcoming camps taking place this month in the South West.

Somerset Camp

Date: Tuesday 9th August

Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: West Somerset Community College, Minehead

Age: 9 – 11 years

Gloucestershire Camp

Date: Wednesday 10th August and Monday 15th August

Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: Rednock School, Dursley, Gloucestershire

Age: 11 – 14 years

Wiltshire Camp

Date: Wednesday 17th August

Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: Dorcan Recreation Complex, Swindon, Wiltshire

Age: 11 – 14 years

More information and to book click here. Spaces are filling quickly so don’t miss out and book today to secure your place!

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).

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles. This week we shine the light on Walking Netball and the amazing opportunities that it can bring.

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play it regardless of age or fitness level. From those who have dropped out of the sport they love due to serious injury, to those who believed they had hung up their netball trainers many years ago, it really is for everyone.

Chippenham Walking Netball ladies have been sharing with us how netball has provided them with a platform to fill their lives with lots of activity. Here their host Carla Smith, shares all the different activities they have planned.

“We all know that Walking Netball ladies love to chat, and our group is no exception. As numbers grew and friendships were made, so was the social committee! I put it to the ladies one evening and within 5 minutes I had 9 volunteers and a WhatsApp group. Each member researches and takes on organising an event. As a result, the social diary is certainly full. Some of the events planned so far are Ten Pin Bowling, Shakespeare Live, an afternoon tea for 20 of us being put together by our very own Kirsty, Bath Spa session and an Outdoor escape room, whilst still ensuring we leave enough time to fit in two netball sessions a week! We are so proud to be able to say that our group has survived the pandemic and is going from strength to strength. For more information on our group and how to become involved, check out our website: https://pewshambelleswi.wixsite.com/home/walking-netball.” (Carla Smith, Walking Netball Host)

Chippenham Walking Netball News!

(The ladies enjoying Shakespeare Live together)

Further information about Walking Netball can be found on the England Netball website: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/play/walking-netball/ or use our Walking Netball session finder to find your nearest session in the South West: Walking Netball Session Finder

Interested in delivery Walking Netball?

If you are interested in delivering Walking Netball, we’re looking for friendly, chatty, approachable people with a great sense of humour to become Walking Netball Hosts. Further information about becoming a Walking Netball Host can be found on the England Netball website here: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/course/walking-netball-host-workshop/

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)

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

I would like to take this opportunity to recognise an outstanding achievement of one of our Somerset volunteers.  Mel started her netball journey at a Back to Netball (B2N) session in Wellington, Somerset and has since spent countless volunteer hours pushing to establish a netball club for her area.  An outstanding contribution to netball in the county! Mel, collectively we thank you!! This is Mel’s story:

Wellington has a new club in town!

When I moved to Somerset from the South East I wanted to continue to play Netball. I had previously returned to the sport after 20 years attending a Back to Netball club in Sussex.

There seemed a lack of competitive netball for new players or returners and always thought there could be an opportunity to start a club in Wellington, Somerset.

After training with the fabulous girls of the Welly Warriors it was clear that numbers were good and the interest for learning new skills was there. I contacted England Netball and together we set up a Back to Netball and a Netball Now session.

We had the fastest growing participant numbers in the South West so the need for a club was definitely there!

We were keen to offer opportunities to younger netballers and also establish ourselves as a community club which we were able to do thanks to some amazing volunteers to make a committee.  June this year we were able to launch as Wellington Netball Club. 

A huge amount of unseen work and volunteer hours has gone into setting up this amazing club and I could not have done this without the help of our committee.  We now have over 40 members and are looking to launch Juniors and Bee Netball in September.

Our aim is to give everyone the opportunity to experience netball in a safe and friendly environment. For people to have fun and keep fit whilst also offering social interaction with different people.

My personal aim is to make the club sustainable, so it is there in years to come offering netball to everyone in Wellington and the surrounding areas. 

We would encourage anyone thinking about trying netball or coming back to the sport to do it! Beware though it is addictive, once you hit that court there is no turning 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).

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

This year the South West ONE Awards took place on Sunday 3rd July at Taunton School, Somerset. Hosted by Claire Carter (BBC Somerset) and with 105 guests in attendance it was an afternoon full of celebration and the joys of being able to come together to recognise the incredible work that is being done across the region to keep netball alive.

Netball is in the heart of each and every one of the nominees which made it very difficult for the nomination panel to pick just one winner from each category. After much deliberation, we are thrilled to share with you the winners.

Coach of the Year – Children and Young People: Liberty Hartley

Coach of the Year – Adults: Janet Cole

Sheelagh Redpath Community Official of the Year: Sarah Lewis

Muriel McNally Community Volunteer of the Year: Louise Hastie

Mary Bulloch Community Volunteer of the Year: Felicity Grammer

Unsung Hero of the Year: Tracy Watt

Club of the Year: Titans Netball Club

Young Volunteer of the Year and winner of the Heather Crouch Award: Amy Tomlin

Teacher of the Year: Rebecca Manley

Inclusion Award: Kathryn Pearn

We also want to say a HUGE congratulations to all of the nominees – Amelia Grigg, Amy Tomlin, Becci Calver, Caroline Kellaway, Chantelle Cox, Clare Peevers, Deena Ritchie, Denise Snow, Donna Annetts, Eloise Rowe, Emma Isaac, Emma Short, Felicity Grammer, Gabby Nardiello, Gemma Cowan, Grace, Hannah Partington, Janet Cole, Jemma Last, Jenny Hannis, Julie Dyer, Karen Hill, Kate Durbin, Kathryn Pearn, Laura Woollett, Lesley, Liberty Hartley, Lisa Martin, Liz Kelly, Louise Hastie, Lynne Giles, Naomi Stone, Olivia Wade, Phoebe Dalley White, Rachel Cocking, Rebecca Manley, Rebecca Squire, Rhianna, Rhonda Robins, Samantha Parker, Sammy Kemmish, Sarah Lewis, Sian Kelly, Sian Lawrence, Sue Elliott, Sussanna di Palma, Tracy Moore, Tracy Watt, Axe Vale NC, Bath Cougars NC, Musketeers NC, North Dorset NC, Steelers NC, Taunton NC, Titans NC, Wildcatz NC. Without their hardwork and dedication to making netball fun, inclusive and empowering we would not have a sport that is loved by so many.

The winners of our South West ONE awards will be invited to the national event taking place towards the end of the year (Date and Venue tbc) to represent our region and be in the chance of winning a national award. All of the winner’s nominations from the 9 regional ONE award events will be reviewed by a national panel.

Good luck to those representing the South West and thank you to the nominators for taking the time to nominate. Thank you also to everyone who joined us at Taunton School on Sunday 3rd July. Here’s to next year…

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).

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