#wedNEWSday – Team White show success in the sunshine

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

Back at the end of November, 15 umpires went out to Dubai and took part in the Dubai Netball Sevens Tournament. The tournament took place on Thursday 29th November to Saturday 1st December and comprised of three competitions: Gulf Women, Open Youth and International Open Women.

This year there were 23 teams and approximately 200 games with teams coming from all over the UAE, Sri Lanka and South Africa. During the tournament there were mentoring opportunities, with Janice Treasure kindly providing invaluable support to improve key skills and assist the umpires to progress to the next qualification.

 

Congratulations to Louise Cole and Emma Carstedt-Duke for being selected to umpire the International Open Women Final and to Vanessa Taylor-Byrne who brought home the Umpire of the Tournament trophy.

The following umpires were selected by Netball South West, to represent Team White at the event which is run alongside the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens:-

Nicky Shard-Palmer

Nicki Hindmarch

Karen Hill

Vanessa Taylor-Byrne

Emma Carstedt-Duke

Gina Pearce

Janice Treasure

Louise Cole

Barry Boyd

Tracie Hull

Kate Underwood

Janko Salzwedel

Teresa Slee

Katie Jones

Lisa Townsend

Everyone who took part had a wonderful time. There is nothing quite like umpiring in the sunshine!  The tournament was great fun with a fantastic atmosphere and the netball was of a very good standard.

Special thanks to Gina Pearce who organised the umpire selection process and masterminds the logistical arrangements to get our umpires to Dubai and safely home again.

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Mental Health Workshop is a positive hit in Gloucestershire

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Last week, the first Netball South West Positive Mental Well-Being Workshop was run and organised by the Regional Management Board Youth Representative, Issy Farrel. The event was held at Cheltenham Ladies’ College for 14-16 years olds in the Gloucestershire area with the focus on supporting girls and accepting that ‘it’s ok not to be ok’.

 

The event was supported by Former Severn Stars player, Becky Oatley, Wendy Sharam and Ella Powell Davies who encouraged and informed the 75+ girls. Becky spoke about her experiences with mental illness throughout her career and how sport has aided her in her recovery. She said ‘it was good to share some laughter, some sadness, some honesty & hopefully a tiny bit of wisdom with netballers’.

Wendy ran a mindfulness session with the girls, looking at coping mechanisms and how different aspects of society can affect the girls lives, such as “who’s affected by body image”, “who’s affected by peer pressure?”.  She built on these with doing deep relaxation with the girls to be able to collect themselves along with a period of relaxation time.

 

In the sports hall young Severn Stars player Ella lead a teambuilding session with aspects of netball integrated in. The focus was for it to be fun for the girls so that they could work on communication, working as a unit and supporting one another.

The event was highly successful and enjoyed by all. Thank you so much to Issy for organising and to Becky, Wendy and Ella for your support and presentation during the sessions.

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Gloucestershire WI’s are wiggling onto Court

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Since England Netball and the Women’s Institute (WI) created their partnership, numerous individuals have got a wiggle back on court by taking part in Walking netball sessions. Marle Hill WI and Hartpury WI’s (Gloucestershire) formed a joint partnership as part of the national programme and have completed their 20 week block of supported sessions with England Netball.

 

For the last supported session they organised and held a mini tournament with a Walking Netball group from Cirencester, which saw the players put what they had learnt in a competitive environment which they all enjoyed. They will now continue to run the sessions themselves as one of their players Liz Henchy has qualified as a WI Walking Netball Host from the recent training course in Bristol. Liz will begin coaching this week assisting with existing host Vicki Wood and they are looking forward to continuing Walking Netball with these WI’s.

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Thank you Roses

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As the selectors stow their clipboards and the training bibs are sent to the wash, Galmington Netball Club (GNC) pause to reflect on the enormity of what has just happened.

GNC has celebrated its 50th Birthday this September.  The club (based in Taunton, Somerset) boasts a thriving High 5 and Junior section as well as senior teams representing the club in all 4 of Somerset’s competitive leagues and a further three teams in South West Regional League 1, 2 and 3.

When GNC began to publicise its first ever whole club open night back in February of this year, nobody dared to imagine that it would take place mere days after our English Roses made history, clinching the Common Wealth Games gold medal.

It was clear early on that England’s best had inspired a nation as GNC welcomed 55 new players through its doors that breezy evening in April.  The CWG gold was on everyone’s lips that night – sharing stories of ‘that last goal’ and ‘can you believe it’. The buzz was palpable and it was infectious!

Fast-forward to the present day and GNC had a mind-blowing selection period in the dawn of the 2018/19 season.  An unprecedented number of players donned their trainers and hit the court to compete for a place in one of GNC’s seven senior league teams.

Amongst the 35 new trialists were players taking the step from social to club netball; players who had been part of GNC as school girls but had decided to get back in to the game, and; those who had moved from other club’s in search of regional league opportunities.

When asked ‘why now?’ and ‘why netball?’ it was clear that the love of our great game is spreading far and wide, from grass roots level and beyond.  New players talked about the success of our national side and the opportunity to access competitive and/or friendly netball locally as factors that contributed to their decision to join a club.

2018/19 will mark a huge leap forward for GNC as it enters an additional two teams in to The Somerset League as well as a further two social league sides, taking their total number of senior teams up to 11!  GNC continues to get a steady stream of new players so much so we’re wondering where we are going to put them all!

Furthermore, in a bid to accommodate everyone and get even more women involved in our great game, GNC launched it’s very own Back to Netball session in September. B2N is thriving with a core group coming to training to each week and finding their way in competitive fixtures in the local friendly league – getting so many new women active in netball week after week is something we’re very proud of.

We’ve retained all of our new joiners who trialed at the start of the season and with mid-season trials taking place tonight we know of at least 10 new women coming to join us on court! Netball is going crazy!

GNC has tipped the 230 members mark! That’s 230 girls, women & volunteers actively involved in netball each week. Netball is taking the country by storm just now and the South West, Somerset and Galmington Netball Club couldn’t be happier! Thank you England’s Roses!!!

Written by Abbie Barker, GNC.

For more information on Galmington Netball Club contact galmingtonnetball@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/GalmingtonNetballClub/?ref=br_rs

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

 

#wedNEWSday – 100,000 women are taking a shot at Back to Netball

A whopping 100,000 women across the country are playing Back to Netball; England Netball’s flagship participation programme, which first launched 10 years ago to encourage people of all ages to play the sport recreationally.

England Netball has announced that 30-year-old Alexandra Challis from Bristol, was the 100,000th person to sign up to the programme.

To celebrate the growth and success of Back to Netball, England Netball surprised Alexandra by turning up to her session with an array of prizes, including a trip to London to enjoy the final game of the three-match Vitality Netball International Series between England’s Vitality Roses and Uganda.

After being surprised, Alexandra, who is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor, said: “I was not expecting that at all! It’s amazing, I never win anything so it was a very nice surprise – I’m very excited about it all.

To read more about Alexandra’s surprise and the England Netball programme visit the England Netball website.

Since the first Back to Netball session began in the East of England, interest in the programme has grown significantly, with more than 200 sessions now taking place each week across the whole country.

Back to Netball sessions can be found via the session finder on England Netball’s website.

#wedNEWSday – Netball fever spreads to Students

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The start of the university year has been and gone and for most students getting involved in a sport is what makes their university experience. University of Gloucestershire Netball Club have worked extremely hard to get a fantastic 111 girls signed up at the Fresher’s Fayre in September.

They were promoting England Netballs 16-21 social netball programme at the Fresher’s Fayre, in partnership with University of Gloucestershire Sport. They have two sessions running, a first at Gloucestershire university. One in Cheltenham and one at the new arena in Gloucestershire.

 

Their new fun sessions have been a huge success and seen a high number of girls getting involved in netball. They are also focussing their efforts on the ‘this girl can’ campaign which aims to get more girls actively involved in netball.

For more details on this or any of the sessions, please email amy.ruffell-hazell@englandnetball.co.uk

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Lili John is ‘Walking this Way’

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Early this year Lili John contacted the Devon Community Foundation (http://devoncf.com) as she was looking for funding to run walking netball sessions in Kingsbridge. When they heard about why she wanted the money, they were keen to help and they encouraged Lili to think bigger and offer her services to a wider group of people. And so, Lili’s Social Entrepreneur project ‘Walk This Way’ came into being.

In the summer Lili was awarded money by UnLtd (https://www.unltd.org.uk/our-work/our-focus-areas/solutions-for-an-ageing-society) from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Fund. The Grant was given to set up Walking Netball Programmes in 3 x areas in South Devon over a 12 month period. The Walking Netball Programmes are not just about the sport of netball, they have wider community goals and are seen as ways to engage with older people and keep them active in their community.

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. They do this by funding the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society.  https://www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk

Lili is currently working through everything and already has one scheme up and running in Kingsbridge, bright and early on Sunday mornings at Quayside Leisure Centre from 9 am until 10 am. There will be a new programme in Newton Abbot starting in November, starting from tomorrow (1st November) at Teign School in Kingsteignton between 6 pm and 7 pm. The third set of sessions will beginning in Totnes in January 2019.

Lili is such an inspiration to the community and raising the profile of walking netball in the South West. She has even been invited to UnLtd’s event which celebrates Social Entrepreneurs who are making a difference in an ageing society being held in Birmingham in November. We hope you enjoy the event and keep up the great work!

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#wedNEWSday – Dorset County Playoffs Under 14 & 16’s

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On 9th September 2018 Teams, Coaches and Umpires from Dorset travelled to Sir David English sports centre in Bournemouth to take part in this year’s County Playoffs to head to Regionals for the 2018/2019 season.

First up were the Under 14’s; each game was very competitive and well played by all teams involved.

Final standings and representing Dorset for U14 regional:

  1. 1) Poole
  2. 2) Wimborne
  3. 3) North Dorset

Next up were the Under 16’s; again, each game was very competitive and well played by all teams involved, and this year saw Dorset choosing between 5 teams to represent Dorset at Regional U16, which we have never had before.

Final standings and representing Dorset for U16 regional:

  1. 1) Poole
  2. 2) North Dorset A
  3. 3) Wimborne

Representing Dorset at the Under 14 regional tournament proved a hit for the teams as Wimborne and Poole made it into Division 1 and were winners of their pools and North Dorset making Division 2. Good Luck for your next fixtures.

We look forward to hearing how the U16 teams do at the seeding tournaments down in Paignton in the next couple of weeks.

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Congratulations Sue

This week’s WedNEWSday is a very special congratulations to one of our regional staff, Sue Anderson who got married to her partner Adrian in a small ceremony in Bristol in August.

It seems only right that we have chosen to send our congratulations to Sue on the day we are celebrating Back to Netball’s 10th Birthday – as in her role as Bristol’s Netball Development Community Coach, she is the absolute queen of Back to Netball and all the programme stands for inspiring and supported thousands of women to get back on court!!

Congratulations Sue and Adrian – wishing you lots of love and happiness!

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Welcome aboard Issy

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

However this week is slightly different, we are giving a warm welcome to Issy Farrell who has become the Youth Representative on the South West Regional Management Board, making her the youngest member.

Here is a little bit more about Issy:

She is originally from Gloucestershire, currently studying PE & Sports Studies at the University of Worcester with the aim of becoming a secondary school teacher. She plays for both the university team in Worcester, last season playing within the 3rd squad and currently plays at Hucclecote Netball Club in Division 1. She also coaches the U13 section at Hucclecote with a brilliant bunch of girls keen to learn. Her other sporting love is hockey where she plays for a local team and once played for England!

Issy’s main aim with the role is to get as many young girls as possible enthused by the sport and wanting to participate in it. Within this role she wants to offer a range of opportunities that will both attract and sustain our numbers within the South West to find a love for netball.

Issy has said ‘I’m so excited to begin my time as youth rep because I want to be able to get involved through a hands on approach by tackling some of the issues within the county and being able to make a difference to south west netball’

If you would like to know more about Issy’s role or have any more questions for her, then please do not hesitate to contact her on: youth@netballsouthwest.co.uk

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)