#wedNEWSday – Local Netballer performs on National Stage

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Taunton Netball Club’s very own Lauren Knight successfully trialled for the AoC Netball Colleges Team this season. Her season is going from strength to strength, playing against Northern Ireland Under-17s and Under 21s at the weekend.

 

The team had two fabulous wins with 50+ goal difference to beat Northern Ireland U17’s 77-27 and a 40+ goal difference against Northern Ireland U21s winning 67-27.

 

Having played superbly in the games, WD Lauren was awarded Coaches player and players’ player. A brilliant achievement for a Somerset rising netball player.

 

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#WedNEWSday – Devon host first Walking Netball & Back to Netball Festival

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At the end of January, Walking Netball and Back to Netball teams from Devon, Cornwall and Somerset met at Hele’s School in Plymouth for the first Walking Netball and Back to Netball festival in Devon.

The Walking Netball competition saw 8 teams competing in 2 groups of 4.  After the group rounds, BBs were in the lead in 1st place and Mayflowers were 2nd in group 1 and in group 2, Yeovil were 1st and Saltash in 2nd place. This meant that the two semi-finals games were between BBs v Saltash & Mayflowers v Yeovil.

Both Yoevil and Slatash from group 2 won their respective semi-final games with the final a replay of the previous group game with the outcome almost identical, Yeovil winning by 8 goals to 2 (the group result was 8-3) . BBs and Mayflowers played off for 3rd and 4th place with BBs taking 3rd place in a close contest by 7 goals to 6!

 

The Back to Netball competition was formed of 6 teams playing a round robin tournament where all teams played each other once. There was a variety of experience within the tournament ranging from the Wonford Warriors who had only just completed 10 weeks of back to netball to Montys Magpies, UTN Sound Financial and Saltash Clovers who have all started league netball recently. It was a reverse of the Walking Netball results with Saltash Clovers coming out on top with Yeovil in 2nd place.

Well done to all who took part & it was a great day of netball with lots of laughs and fun being had across the generations with players aged from 20 to 70+!

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#wedNEWSday – Bournemouth Netball Head to the Quad Series to support Geve

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Bournemouth Netball Club attended the recent Quad Series to see former player and England Netball’s Commonwealth Gold Medallist Geva Mentor in action.

More than 100 members including some of our youngest members aged just six through to some of the oldest members aged over 60 were in attendance.

Club coach Hanna Butler gave a special shout-out to club chairman Jackie Berry. Jackie established the club back in 1986 as a single team and has grown the club to over 300 members, 160 juniors and 150 adults.

Hanna said: “We are truly grateful for the time and effort Jackie puts in to Bournemouth Netball Club and without volunteers like her we simply wouldn’t have a club.”

BNC were delighted to take part in the half time activities which included forming two teams, named Team Geva and Team Mentor as a tribute to our former club member.

Hanna added “It was a wonderful day, and we didn’t get home to Bournemouth on our double decker coach until 11pm. Most of the girls were up bright and early to travel to Salisbury the next day for their league fixtures. No rest for future netball superstars!”

BNC are an inclusive grassroots club. Their main aim to get as many people playing netball as possible. We welcome girls from 6 – 16 in our junior club, of all abilities, some who follow pathways to the top like Geva, and some who just play for recreation. We have 13 teams in our local adult league, many of whom started as juniors and now continue to play as adults. We have a massive emphasis on netball being a game for life, and want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to play and continue to play.

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#wedNEWSday – School netball show us they are the future generation

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On Saturday 26th January, 42 school teams across three age groups (U14, U16, U19) who had qualified from their respective counties, took part in the regional round of the National School competition held at the Sir David English Sports Centre, Bournemouth.

Top two teams from each age group go through to nationals in Welwyn Garden City on the 16th March 2019, all the results are:

U14 Regional Results:

*WINNERS                           MILLFIELD SCHOOL

*RUNNERS UP                     CANFORD SCHOOL

3RD                                        MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE

4TH                                         PARKSTONE  GS

U16 Regional Results

*WINNERS                           CANFORD SCHOOL

*RUNNERS UP                    TAUNTON SCHOOL

3RD                                        MILLFIELD SCHOOL

4TH                                         ROYAL HIGH SCHOOL BATH

U19 Regional Results

*WINNERS               MILLFIELD SCHOOL

*RUNNERS UP         HARTPURY COLLEGE

3RD                            TRURO & PENWITH COLLEGE

4TH                             EXETER COLLEGE

Well done to all schools that attended and good luck to the winners and runners up who will be attending the Nationals.

 

Thank you to the 26 umpires who officiated the games and were supported by a team of mentors. ‘Umpire of the Tournament’ was awarded to Dan Racey, and Katy Joy was awarded ‘Most Promising Umpire’. Their awards were presented by Super League umpire James Thomas.

 

A big thanks also to all the Netball South West Schools organisers, Pam Telford, Pat Salter, Danny Neill, Les Thomas and Steve Richmond. They were assisted on the day by a team of Young Leaders from Blandford Forum School who acted as timekeepers and court runners, plus a team of court managers and score recorders.

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#wedNEWSday – Your Chance to Shine

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Netball South West annual awards event 2018

 

It’s that time again when we look to celebrate all of our fabulous South West volunteers in the 2019 South West Goalden Globes. This year the event has been bought forward due to an exciting World Cup that is happening in Liverpool in July… all the regional winners will be invited to the National England Netball Vitality Goalden Globe Awards on Sunday 14th July. The South West Regional Goalden Globes will be taking place on the evening of Friday 26th April 2019 at The Mount Somerset Hotel, Taunton, with timings TBC.

Do you have a volunteer that you wish to thank? Can you think of someone who deserves to be recognised for the outstanding contribution they have made to making netball happen? Now is the time to complete a nomination form and to make sure what they have achieved is shared with others.

Nominations are sought across the following categories:

  • Grassroots Coach Award Nomination Form  – Outstanding contribution to a grassroots netball club coaching as a volunteer, for a minimum of 5 year making a particular impact between 1st Jan – 21st Dec 2018.
  • Sheelagh Redpath Grassroots Official Award Nomination Form – Outstanding contribution to netball officiating as a volunteer at a grassroots level for a minimum of 5 years, this award can include umpiring, match bench officials, scorers, mentors and assessors.
  • Young Volunteer Award Nomination Form –  Outstanding contribution to netball as a volunteer under the age of 25 years old. The nominee should have volunteered for a minimum of 2 years in any capacity of netball administration, coaching or officiating.
  • Outstanding Netball Club Award Nomination Form – Presented to a netball club who has made an outstanding contribution within their community. Clubs must be affiliated to England Netball and hold a current CAPS award.
  • Teacher Award Nomination Form –   Outstanding contribution to netball through delivery in the education environment having volunteered for a minimum of 3 years and this to be outside their statutory responsibilities as a teacher.
  • Unsung Hero Award Nomination Form –  Outstanding contribution to netball through the delivery of club or local league netball having volunteered for a minimum of 5 years in any capacity.
  • Mary Bulloch Administrator Award Nomination Form –   Outstanding contribution to netball delivery, through administration, for a minimum of 3 years making a particular impact between 1st January and 31st December 2018.
  • Muriel McNally Award Nomination Form –  Outstanding contribution to netball delivery through administration, coaching or officiating at grassroots club level for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Inclusion and Diversity Award Nomination Form (direct national nomination) – Developing netball to address equality for the inclusion and participation of all people, Initiatives to equip the disadvantaged, overcome barriers to participation and engaging with communities.
  • Rose Award Nomination Form  (direct national nomination) –  The nominee(s) will have made an exceptional contribution to netball in any capacity with particular impact between 1st January 2018 and 31st December 2018.
  • Long Service Award Nomination Form (direct national nomination) – Volunteering must be for a minimum of 25 years (as at 31 December 2018) at County, Regional, National or International level and should not include the volunteer’s playing history.

Closing date for all nominations is midnight on Wednesday 13 March 2019

All nominations are to be submitted to the South West office at the following address, England Netball South West Regional Office, Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership, Castle Road, Chelston Business Park, Wellington, TA21 9JQ or to Southwest@englandnetball.co.uk

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#wedNEWSday – Millfield Student makes Team Bath Superleague Team

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The 2019 Vitality Superleague Season is now underway and Millfield Upper Sixth pupil and 1st team Netball Captain Hannah Passmore from Wells has been named in the Team Bath Netball squad.

Hannah, who is currently studying for three A levels in Mathematics, French and History, is the only squad member to be born in this millennium after celebrating her 18th birthday in December.

The Sixth Former who plays as a Goal Shooter has been with the Team Bath programme for four years and has progressed through the pathway into the Superleague Team. Hannah will also be Vice Captain of Team Bath’s U21 squad for the 2019 Netball Performance League (NPL), having played a pivotal role when they won bronze in the league and silver in the NPL Tournament last season.

Millfield Netball is pleased of its strong links with both the South West Superleague franchises, Team Bath and Severn Stars. They have athletes playing at U17, U19 and U21 National Performance League level as well as being home to one of the U17 Severn Stars Nova Academies.

Millfield’s Director of Netball Jenna Culley has also recently been announced as Assistant Coach of Welsh Netball, helping the team prepare for the 2022 Commonwealth Games alongside her role at Millfield.

Hannah says, “I am very grateful for the direction that I was given at Millfield Prep, where my journey as a Goal Shooter started. My hard work and determination, along with the guidance from my coaches at Millfield Prep and the unwavering encouragement and understanding of Miss Culley, has helped me to get to where I am today.”

Good luck to Hannah for the season and also to Team Bath and Severn Stars!

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#WedNEWSday – New Year, New Goals?

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Happy New Year to all the South West netball players, coaches, officials, volunteers, supporters and parents. Welcome to the first #wedNEWSday of 2019.

Here is the latest update on what is coming up in the South West over the course of this year. We have a lot of coaching courses, officiating course and workshops for you to progress and develop your netball. We also have new sessions popping up around the region.

Coaching course:

Level 1

St Georges Preparatory School, Jersey
19th May and 16th June 2019
Closing date 19th April 2019

  • Hartpury College, Gloucester
    18th August and 22nd September 2019
    Closing date 18th July 2019

Level 2

Cranbrook Education Campus, Exeter
16th & 17th March, 13th & 14th April, 12th May 2019
Closing date 16th February 2019

Hengrove Leisure Centre, Bristol
27th April, 28th April, 25th May, 26th May, 23rd June 2019
Closing date 27th March 2019

Westfield Academy, Yeovil
6th July, 7th July, 3rd August, 4th August, 1st September 2019
Closing date 6th June 2019

Walking Netball Host Training

  • Wonford Sports Centre / Wonford Community Hall, Exeter
    23 February 2019
    Closing date 8th February 2019

Key Stage 3 Workshop

  • Plymouth School of Creative Arts, Plymouth
    3rd February 2019
    Closing date 25th January 2019

There will be more courses coming up throughout the year so please keep an eye on the website and social media for new course announcements.

For all officiating courses, please keep an eye on social media and the England Netball website: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/netball-finder/category/officiating/ If you would like to be kept up to date on future courses please let me know (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk) and I will be able to add you to the interest list.

 

For a booking form for any of the above courses please contact the South West office on southwest@englandnetball.co.uk

All of the sessions around the region are all registered on the England Netball session finder: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/netball-sessions/ however if you are looking for more information please contact your relevant Netball Development Officer, who’s details can be found here.

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#wedNEWSday – Vitality Roses win gold at BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards

England’s senior netball team, the Vitality Roses, attended the 65th BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards on Sunday and scored two awards.

The Vitality Roses took home the Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year Award, which they were nominated for following their historic win at the Commonwealth Games in April 2018.

England’s triumphant moment at the Gold Coast was up against stiff competition for the award, which was opened up to public votes, including England’s win against Colombia on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the moment Alastair Cook reached a century during his last Test innings before retiring, Tiger Woods’ win at the season-ending Tour Championship, and Tyson Fury coming back from two knockdowns against Deontay Wilder.

Ama Agbeze, captain of the Vitality Roses and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, said: “We’re ecstatic to be the recipients of this award. It’s amazing to be part of something that England Netball have been trying to achieve for years. It has been a long, long journey and each member of the squad and wider support network has a different story of the path they have taken towards their contribution.

“It’s been quite a whirlwind since the Games, with netball thrust into the spotlight in the UK, and more people taking the sport up daily. We love this game and are happy that others can share in that joy.

“To even be nominated for such a prestigious award is an honour; alongside some household names and other amazing achievements, but to win is unfathomable. There’s still so much we have to do, especially with the Vitality Netball World Cup next year in Liverpool.

“Thank you to the netball community, including the many new inductees – we’re grateful for the support.”

The excitement didn’t end there. The Vitality Roses were soon after crowned the winners of the prestigious Team of the Year Award.

Joanna Adams, CEO of England Netball, said: “We are so proud of all that Tracey Neville and the Vitality Roses have achieved over the last 12 months! Thanks to their incredible commitment, the hard work of everyone at England Netball and the support of all those that play, watch and support

netball throughout the country, this wonderful sport has grown significantly and netball fever has well and truly swept the nation. I’d also like to thank Sport England for their continued support of England Netball.

“After their success at the Commonwealth Games in April, Tracey and the team truly deserve these awards. A huge congratulations to all of them!”

The Vitality Roses will come together for the final time in January at the Vitality Netball International Series, as part of the Netball Quad Series, when they will face Australia, New Zealand and South Africa for the last time before the Vitality Netball World Cup in July 2019.

 

#wedNEWSday – Team White show success in the sunshine

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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)