#wedNEWSday – Swindon Walking Netball celebrates its birthday

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Over 200 Walking Netballers from Gwent, Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Surrey took part in a charity Walking Netball Festival (13 teams) and Tournament (8 teams) in Swindon on 10th August to celebrate the launch birthday of Walking Netball in Swindon on 11th August 2015.

In addition to having a lot of fun £1334.08 was raised for Headway, Swindon a charity that supports adults with traumatic and acquired brain injury, their families and carers.  

The tournament consisted a round robin tournament with 8 Teams which included Stroll Sisters, Pioneers 1, Pioneers 2, Swindon Black, Swindon Blue, Uniglow, Trailblazers Red & Calne & Corsham. The winners of the tournament were Swindon Black with Pioneers, Newport, Gwent as the Runners Up.

Swindon Blacks and Pioneers, Newport & Gwent Walking Netball teams

What a fantastic event and well done to all who took part.

Stroll Sisters, Pioneers 1, Pioneers 2, Swindon Black, Swindon Blue, Uniglow, Trailblazers Red & Calne & Corsham.

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#wedNEWSday – World Cup inspired Back to Netball Tournament takes place in Exeter

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On 14th July, Netball enthusiasts Sarah Bishton, a Back to Netball coach and Emma Kessie, a Sports Development Manager for Legacy Leisure, organised and delivered a one off Netball tournament celebrating the Netball World Cup at Riverside Leisure centre in Exeter.  

Lower divisions and Back to Netball teams from the South West were invited to play in a round robin style tournament. A total of 8 teams with over 80 participants played 7 games each. 

The Netball World Cup preliminary matches that weekend installed enthusiasm and energy into teams who all showcased some fantastic elements of skill and play. The top three playing position were hotly contested throughout and ‘Wildcats’ came out top winning the tournament, ‘Arrows’ came second and ‘Wonford Warriors’ came third.

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Sarah “We thank all teams who participated in the tournament and special thanks to the umpires, Ollie Hatherley and Andree Merrett whom without this tournament would not have been a success. We both had a fantastic time organising and delivering the tournament to provide a competitive playing opportunity during the World cup.”

A player from Wonford Warriors Back to Netball team quoted,

“It was such an amazing feeling playing in the tournament as a back to netball team .  So many amazing women in one place , inspiring and encouraging one another.  It was friendly , competitive and fun”

Have you been inspired to try or even get back to playing netball? Netball South Wests website provides information on a variety of different types of netball opportunities in the region including, walking netball, back to netball and regular playing opportunities. 

Winners Wildcat in photograph

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#wedNEWSday – U13 charity tournament is a hit

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On the 7th July, Netball South West Youth Representative Issy Farrell organised an U13 junior Tournament at Colston’s School. The event saw 7 teams from 5 clubs compete in the tournament. Hucclecote, Titans, Old Chelts, West Exe and Raychem all provided teams that saw West Exe Pumas come out on top.

£350 was raised in total which will go towards Netball in Africa.  Thank you to our volunteers and Severn stars guests Katie Pauling and Nadine Baird, who handed out prizes to the winning team. Prizes were donated for the raffle that took place, a big thank you St James Carpets, Team Bath, Severn Stars, UFS community, ALTUS3.LTD and BBC sport.

Special thank you to Evie Stewart-Davies who helped organise and run the tournament with Issy. It was a great event.

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#wedNEWSday – England Netball secures Jess Thirlby as the new Head Coach

England Netball is delighted to announce that highly respected netball coach Jess Thirlby has agreed to take on the role of Vitality Roses Head Coach. 

Thirlby was selected for the role shortly after Tracey Neville stepped down from the position following Neville’s four year stint at England Netball.

Thirlby‘s solid credentials stem from her sixteen year record as an elite netballer and some fifteen years as a netball coach. Thirlby represented her country from 1991-2006, in 2006 she transitioned into senior coaching with the Celtic Dragons, having already coached at England U17 and U19 during 2004 and 2005. She has held the position of England U21 Head and Assistant Coach during two World Youth Cups (Cook Islands 2009 and Glasgow 2013) and has worked as both an Assistant and Technical Coach with the senior England team (2013-15).

Following 20 years of her netball career as both a player and a coach at the first full time high performance environment at Team Bath based at the University of Bath, Thirlby now joins England Netball with a wealth of experience in identifying and developing high performance athletes. During her time at Bath Thirlby consolidated her experience as an elite player to take on the role of Head Coach at the England Netball Intensive Netball Training Centre, which in turn led to her role as Director of Netball at Team Bath in 2008.

Joanna Adams, CEO of England Netball, said “We are delighted to welcome Jess Thirlby to England Netball as our new Head Coach. Jess’ thorough understanding of the elite netball landscape and experience of working with some of the Vitality Roses’, both past and present, makes her the perfect fit for this role.

“Tracey did a fantastic job of growing this sport during her time as Head Coach, she will be missed but I know Jess will do a phenomenal job at continuing to build on the Roses’ legacy and developing our up and coming players into world class athletes.

“I’d like to wish her the best of luck in this role and look forward to working with her ongoing.”

During her time as a player, Thirlby won her first Superleague title with Team Bath in 2005-06 having already played for England at every level from U16-U21 and then as a senior, which included competing at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games alongside former England Head Coach Tracey Neville.

Thirlby has been involved in all five Team Bath Netball Superleague title successes as either a coach or a player.

Thirlby, who was the first netball coach to be selected and graduate from the highly respected UK Sport Elite Coaching Programme, said: “It is an absolute honour and privilege to be appointed as the Vitality Roses Head Coach. I have a huge amount of respect for Tracey, the Roses and the team behind them that have led this wonderful sport to where it is today. This is a great time to be taking on the role as we head into Netball‘s exciting next chapter. My focus will be to harness and build upon the momentum and solid foundation gained over the past four years.

“I expect the look and feel of the team to change as some players may begin to consider hanging up their netball trainers following the Vitality Netball World Cup, but I am excited to invest in and develop the amazing new talent that is coming through. We‘ve had phenomenal national support and wide coverage of the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup, which can only strengthen our focus and resolve as we set our sights on the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, another major event on home soil.

“I recognise and am truly honoured that England Netball have put their faith in me to take on this pivotal role within the England programme and can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Sara Symington, Performance Director at England Netball, said: “After seeing Jess’ success and progression as a coach over the years, it is clear that she lives and breathes netball and has done an outstanding job at creating a positive culture at Team Bath throughout her time there. I’m sure she will do an equally brilliant job working with the Roses and we are delighted to have her on board.”

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#wedNEWSday – Vitality Roses take netball to new heights!

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Can you believe the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 is over already?

It was a thrilling event taking place over 10 days in Liverpool which saw over 11,000 spectators to the M&S Bank Arena and saw England secure a bronze medal. The tournament saw exhilarating action, incredible intercepts, and goals galore! It has inspired a nation to see how exciting netball can be and English netball fans have witnessed tears, laughter and celebration throughout.

Lots of our South West netballers travelled hundreds of miles too see the Rose’s & the atmosphere netball had created on Liverpool! This included, Issy Birks, being the ball  girl for the England v Samoa game, the South West team working at the fan park, many clubs attending and even the Regional Management Board committee members cheering on.

After the Gold Medal win at the Commonwealth Games last year the Vitality Roses inspired more than 130,700 people to start playing netball or more netball and since the final day of this year’s tournament there has been a 1000 per cent increase in visits to the England Netball session finder.

Over this week there will be 500 netball sessions taking place around the country. Here in the South West we have lots of sessions taking place in the Biggest Summer of Netball so make sure that you find your nearer session and either get back on court or do more netball.

https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/netball-sessions/

Alternatively please contact your local netball development officer for your nearest session:

Amy Ruffell-Hazell – Gloucestershire Netball Development Officer

📧 Amy.ruffell-hazell@englandnetball.co.uk

Kerry Brooks – Avon & Wiltshire Netball Development Officer

📧 Kerry.Brooks@englandnetball.co.uk

Karen Peaty-Dorset Netball Development Officer

📧 Karen.peaty@englandnetball.co.uk

Sammy Kemmish – Somerset Netball Development Officer

📧 Samantha.kemmish@englandnetball.co.uk

Jenny Kelly – Devon Netball Development Officer

📧 Jennifer.kelly@englandnetball.co.uk

Fern Noott – Cornwall Netball Development Officer

📧 Fern.noott@englandnetball.co.uk

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#WedNEWSday – Dorset School Head to World School Games!

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The World School Games Event Series provides a unique stage for the world’s best young athletes to compete with and against each other, in a positive, fun and competitive environment, at truly world class facilities. This provides an opportunity for the best school netball teams on earth to showcase their talents on the international stage. Talbot Heath School in Dorset attend the World School Games, Netball Cup in Loughborough from the 23rd – 25th June representing England.

The coach Louise Burgan said ‘It was a brilliant event with schools from Scotland, Dubai, Egypt and England. We had two teams representing Talbot Heath. Our U15’s came 8th out of 22 schools overall and our U13 team came 5th out of 16 schools. We are incredibly proud of the two teams as the standard of netball was high and it was nice to see two Dorset school teams achieve against some tough teams’

Well done to both the U15 & U13 teams, it’s a fantastic achievement for you!

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#wedNEWSday – South West netballer has headed on tour!

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Exeter College Academy & Team Bath U19 player, Rachel Fee has had a brilliant 2019 so far!  She has been chosen as the Exeter College Netball Captain for 2019 and is currently on tour in New Zealand and Australia with the England U19 squad.

On her selection into the England Squad, the Team Bath U19 player said ‘I have been trying to make the England squad for 3 years. I had been rejected in previous trials and been told I wasn’t fit enough. This was not easy for me to hear and I was constantly knocked in confidence. But this didn’t stop me from coming back from trials and taking the feedback on board. I started to work even harder in training and I never gave up. I came back fighting even stronger after every rejection. And it really paid off because I am now in the U19 England squad. I literally cried my eyes out because I was so happy. I have been trying for years to get into this squad and it finally happened’

Defence player Rachel trains 3-4 times a week in the gym, strength and conditioning sessions 2-3 times a week while mixing in netball training and matches. She attends the Loughborough Camp every month and this has meant that she has been able to grow as a netball player and as a person as well. Her next sporting goal is to be selected and play in the U21 Youth World Cup

The U19 England Team are currently blogging their adventures while on tour so make sure you are following @U19Netball on Twitter for the latest updates!

Good Luck Rachel on the tour and for your future netball targets.

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#wedNEWSday – Netball Youth Camp bookings now Live!

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It’s that time of year again when are running Netball Youth Camps in the Summer holidays!

Netball Youth Camps give junior netballers the chance to get together with their friends and take to the court during the school holidays! This is a non-residential holiday camp providing ‘Nothing but Netball’ filled with top quality coaching and fun netball activities.

We have three day camps running around the region catering for girls and boys between the ages of 9-14. There will be plenty of fun, skills and match play as our expert coaches give tips to help improve play.

If you are the parent of a junior netball lover this is an unmissable holiday activity! There are even offers available for this camp – starting with a 10% sibling discount. Just enter SIBLING10 at the checkout (participants MUST be siblings to be eligible.) There is also a group discount for 10% off for groups of 5 or more children.

If you are a junior netball lover (or the parent of one!) these are an unmissable holiday activity.

See all the details to find a netball youth camp near you below and book your netball-loving junior players on to the camps today!

Tickets Event Name Date Timings Venue
BOOK NOW! Devon Netball Youth Camp
(Ages 9-11)
Monday 5th – Wednesday 7th August 10am-3pm Cranbrook Education Campus Exeter EX5 7EE
BOOK NOW! Gloucestershire Netball Youth Camp
(Ages 9-11)
Monday 5th – Wednesday 7th August 9am-5pm Hartpury Sports Academy, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucester, GL19 3BE
BOOK NOW! Bath Netball Youth Camp
(Ages 11-14)
Monday 12th – Wednesday 14th August 10am-3pm Oldfield School, Kelston Road, Bath, BA1 9AB
BOOK NOW! Gloucestershire Netball Youth Camp
(Ages 11-14)
Monday 19th – Wednesday 21st August 9am-5pm Hartpury Sports Academy, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucester, GL19 3BE
COMING SOON! SAVE THE DATE Taunton Netball Youth Camp
(Ages 11-14)
Thursday 29th – Saturday 31st July 10am-3pm Kings College, South Road, Taunton TA1 3LA

If you have any questions about this please visit the England netball website: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/NYC or contact your local Netball development officer:

Devon – Jenny Kelly – Jennifer.Kelly@englandnetball.co.uk
Gloucestershire – Amy Ruffell-Hazell – Amy.Ruffell-Hazell@englandnetball.co.uk
Avon – Kerry Brooks – Kerry.brooks@englandnetball.co.uk
Somerset – Sammy Kemmish – Samantha.Kemmish@englandnetball.co.uk

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#wedNEWSday – Netballer honored at Walking Netball Festival

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A charity event was organised on 25th & 26th May 2019 by a group of former netballers from Dowty Netball Club. A whole weekend of events was planned; a walking netball festival, skittles, white elephant, tombola, raffle and live music followed by Sunday lunch and a quiz at Tewkesbury Rugby Club.

Sally grew up on a small housing estate in Tewkesbury and made many friends locally playing on the streets.  In the mid 1970’s a group of friends working for Racal-Redac played netball tournaments locally usually playing on grass.

Sally Collin’s Moss family

The event was co-ordinated by a group of fellow friends and netballers of Sally Collins Moss who sadly died on 13th December 2018 in Spain, moving to Spain for a life in the sun was Sally’s dream come true. Sadly, Sally became unwell and was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in July 2018.

Sally and Teri Watkins moved to work at Dowty’s and after winning a national netball tournament formed Dowty’s Netball club. Another local company Dowty’s Mining Equipment sponsored the team and marked out a court next to their car park. Dowty Dodgers joined the Gloucestershire Netball League in 1978. Within the first season of playing had enough for two teams; Dowty Dynamos, and eventually within 5 years, a third team Dowty Demons. Dowty’s built a new tarmac courts on their sports field and were able to use the clubhouse for changing and teas. Sally played for Dowty’s then moved to Nomads. Dowty’s eventually merged with Tewkesbury Ladies then Challengers from Cheltenham. Challengers now have regional team and over 100 juniors and seniors playing in the Gloucestershire leagues today.

There were 5 teams that entered the walking netball festival held over bank holiday at Tewkesbury Rugby Club.  The Walking Netball sessions only started this year at Tewkesbury Sports Centre under the England Netball Initiative. Gloucester Ladies Netball Club, newly formed Malvern Walking Netball, Tewkesbury Walking Netball, Tewkesbury ladies rugby club and a team comprised of former members of Dowty’s and Tewkesbury Ladies Netball Club called Roses, all took part. The Roses team were crowned the winners of the tournament.

Winning Roses team comprised of Dowty’s and Tewkesbury Ladies former players.

Maggie Cole former GS at Tewkesbury netball Club said “In accordance with Spanish law, Sally’s funeral took place less than 48 hours of her passing, denying family and friends in the UK the opportunity to bid her a personal farewell.

We didn’t want Sally’s untimely death to be in vain, and felt there was no better way of honouring our happy memories of Sally than hosting a charity event in her name to raise much needed funds to aid research into the disease.

My name’5 Doddie foundation was the charity nominated to receive the money raised on the day. This charity helps to fund research for Motor Neurone Disease. £1305 was raised.

All Players

Thanks go to Tewkesbury Rugby Club for their support and expertise, including first aid cover and marking out a court; Heather Battson for umpiring, Peter Hayward and Adela who took all the photographs. Thanks to Uni of Glos walking netball team who sent a donation as they were unable to attend.

Maggie Cole said “The original members of Racal and Dowty’s remain close friends to this day.  Netball is a great team sports where life long friendships can be formed”.

Thanks to the committee; Maggie Cole, Teri Watkins, Lesley Neild, Sandra Jones, Viviene Tinker, Mary Holtham, Tracey Broll and Eileen Dunlop and all Sally’s family, former netballers and their families who came along to support the event.

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#wedNEWSday – U13 Charity Tournament is supporting officiating in Africa

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On the 7th July the Youth Representative on the Netball South West Regional Management Board, Issy Farrel is hosting an U13 charity tournament. The tournament is taking place at Colston’s School in Bristol from 11am-3pm.

On the day there will be mini netball activities for all the family, a raffle, prizes, ice cream van and even an appearance from Team Bath Player Laura Rudland.

All proceeds for the tournament are going to Netball in Africa. Our Netball South West President, Denise May has previously done a lot of work in Ethiopia developing netball. With the funds raised they are looking to support with officiating resources for the local schools.

There are still spaces available if you have an U13 team who would like to take part. Please contact Youth@netballsouthwest.co.uk to enter a team.

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