#wedNEWSday – REBELS WALKING NETBALL – A PROMISING START

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Less than six months ago, a small group of walking netball enthusiasts found themselves without access to their usual midweek playing slot. Today, thanks to the energy of qualified host Jackie Brooks and her team, and help from a local facility, Rebels Walking Netball have a permanent home, growing numbers, and are about to enter their first tournament.

Newly affiliated to England Netball, assisted by Samantha Kemmish (Somerset Netball Development Officer), they are keen to recruit new players. With ages ranging from 20 to 76, the group based at LED Westland Leisure Centre in Yeovil play from 1 to 2 pm every Thursday with a get together for tea (and biscuits) afterwards.

Participants, who include at least one male, come from all walks of life, and share huge enjoyment for this less taxing form of the game they may not have played since school days. As the group has already proved, walking netball not only boosts physical fitness but sharpens up the senses, reflexes and coordination, engages the brain, engenders team spirit and is a great way of making new friends. Cost is £4 per session. For more information check out our Facebook page or contact Samantha.kemmish@englandnetball.co.uk or LED Westland Leisure Centre, Yeovil, BA20 2DD (01935 314652).  

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#wedNEWSday – Nominate a mascot for the Vitality Netball Nations Cup at Birmingham

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Being a mascot at a major sporting event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

The young netball fan in your life could experience the unbelievable feeling of walking out on court with some of the best netball players in the world during January’s Vitality Netball Nations Cup!

The Vitality Roses will be battling against the Jamaica Sunshine Girls, the New Zealand Silver Ferns and the South Africa SPAR Proteas across four days of action in three cities.

Kicking off at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham on 19 January, which will be the first time since 2011 that an international netball competition has come to the city, the competition will start with England playing newly crowned World Champions New Zealand and Jamaica facing South Africa in what promises to be an exciting start to the series. The action will then move to Arena Birmingham for another double header on 22 January and will conclude at the Copper Box Arena in London for the final two days of the competition on 25 and 26 January.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: match action during the Vitality Netball International Series match between England and Uganda at the Copper Box Arena on December 2, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images for England Netball)

Exclusive to England Netball U11 members, there’ll be four mascot spots (one for each team with selections drawn at random) available on 22 January at the Birmingham match day.

You can nominate an England Netball member aged 7 – 11 years old to be a mascot. The winning mascots will win a ticket to the match with one parent or guardian also getting a complimentary ticket.

To enter the competition, you must complete in full this form before 13:00 on Friday 17th January.

Entrants must be aged 18 or over and will need to provide their name and email address, along with the nominated child’s.

The winning entrants will be drawn at random on Friday 17th January from all fully completed entries.

Enter the competition here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JYBJN6Y

Terms and Conditions: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/vitality-netball-nations-cup-mascot-competition-tcs/

If you want to see the Vitality Roses back in action but aren’t eligible for the competition, snap up your tickets here!

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#wedNEWSday – What are you waiting for? 2020 has a range of courses for you!

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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 2020.

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 courses:

Level 1

St Georges Preparatory School, Jersey
26th April & 31st May 2020
Closing date 29th March 2020

Hartpury College, Gloucester
26th July & 23rd August 2020
Closing date 28th June 2020

Level 2

Richard Huish College, Taunton
16th & 17th May, 13th & 14th June & 26th July 2020
Closing date 18th May 2020

Wiltshire Level 2
Coming in Summer 2020 – dates to be confirmed

Walking Netball Host Training

  • Springfield Community Campus, Corsham, Wiltshire
    1st February 2020 10am-4pm
    Closing date 24th January 2020

Bee Netball Workshop

  • Launceston College, Cornwall
    4th February 2020, 1-4pm
    Closing date: 28th January 2020
  • Chulmleigh Community College, Devon
    8th February 2020 1-4pm
    Closing date 31st January 2020
  • University of West of England (UWE Bristol), Bristol, Avon
    24th April 2020 5-8pm
    Closing date 10th April 2020

CPD Workshops

  • Sharp Shooting Workshop – Chulmleigh Community College, Devon
    18th January 2020 – 10am-1pm
    Closing date 10th January 2020
  • Activate Workshop –Chulmleigh Community College, Devon
    18th January 2020 2pm-5pm
    Closing date 10th January 2020

Time to Listen Workshop

  • Haven Banks Outdoor Education Campus, Exeter, Devon
    27th February 2020 6-9pm
    Closing date 20th February 2020

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 or look on the Netball South West Website

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 – Christmas celebrations at first walking netball tournament

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Trailblazers Walking Netball Club hosted their first Walking Netball Festival at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Weston Super Mare on Sunday 8th December. Two tournaments took place, the fun festival and The tournament. 18  teams were welcomed with Hot Mulled Wine ( non Alcoholic) and Mince Pies.  

The festival saw 18 Teams attended from Newport, Chippenham, Cirencester, Bath, Bristol, Swindon, Corsham and Weston Super Mare playing in a two strand tournament . The Fun Festival was won by Lyde Green, Bristol with Keynsham Roses from Bristol he runners up. The Tournament winners were by Pioneers of Newport and the runners up were Swindon Blues from Swindon. The Fair Play Trophy was presented to Sullis Strollers, Bath, who played all their matches in great spirit.

The day went well and lovely feedback was given from the teams. Trailblazers would like to thank The management and staff of Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, who were so supportive of this event.

A lovely way to round up a fabulous year of netball.

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#wedNEWSday – Ode to Walking Netball

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Sheila from Torquay walking netball has written the below Ode to Walking Netball:

‘ Walking netball is such good fun
As long you walk and do not run
Because if you run and get found out
Then Glynis will blow her whistle and  give a shout
It doesnt matter who is winning or losing
Just enjoyable time with adrenaline oozing
It’s not a case if winning a cup
But the friendships that are made up
This is what it is all about not who is the best
But frankly it is nice at the end to have a rest
With a cuppa in our hands and little natters
To us that is all that matters
We have come through another Monday or should I say funday’

Shelia is 2nd from left

Thank you for the lovely ode and it has certainly put a smile on our faces!

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#wedNEWSday – New Disability Strategy launched

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Disability Strategy, which outlines our plans to increase participation numbers in deaf and disabled women and girls.

The strategy was introduced off the back of Sport England’s Active Lives 2017/18 report, which found that disabled people are twice as likely to be physically inactive than non-disabled people. In addition, it found that just short of a million people played netball in that time, however only 448 deaf and disabled people took part in a England Netball session during that period.

Within our strategy it outlines our mission to enable more than 5,000 deaf and disabled people to participate in netball programmes by 2021. We hope to achieve this by hosting new competitions tailored specifically to people with a disability, and providing coaches, officials and session providers with the training required to provide more accessible sessions across the country.

As part of this, we have also introduced a network of clubs which specialise in disability and inclusion, known as ‘Core Inclusion Clubs’. For each club that signs up to become a Core Inclusion Club it will receive a grant and support to help in the running of netball sessions in local communities. These clubs will continue to lead and pioneer England Netball’s inclusive footprint throughout the UK.

Richard Evans, the Strategic Lead for Disability at England Netball, said: “We are delighted to officially launch our Disability Strategy, which we have been working on for some time now. This is a really exciting chance for us to welcome more deaf and disabled women and girls into the netball family.

“This strategy gives people a glimpse into our future and breaks down our ambition to understand, engage with, and maximise opportunities in netball for disabled people. It will allow us to grow and build towards a future where disabled people playing netball isn’t the exception but the norm.”

As part of the strategy, we will also be hosting our ParaNetball Championships on 1 February 2020, which offers a competitive netball opportunity for people who are deaf or hard of hearing or for those with intellectual impairments, learning disabilities or special educational needs. On the same day there will also be a Disability Awareness Course taking place to provide people with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to be able to deliver netball sessions for disabled people.

Another strand of the strategy will see the introduction of ‘Blended Netball’ in the New Year, which is a new secondary school peer to peer offer, designed for mainstream girls to deliver netball to girls with special educational needs, allowing them to benefit by gaining important life skills such as leadership, communication and empathy.

The development of our new Disability Strategy has been supported by Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Activity Alliance and the National Disability Sport Organisations.

You can find out more about about the strategy, upcoming competitions and training opportunities here.

In addition, as part of our new digital transformation project, spectators who require accessible seating at its major events will also be able to take advantage of a new dedicated online booking platform, enabling them to buy tickets most suited to their specific needs. The technology is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020.

Speaking about the new platform, England Netball’s Ticketing Manager Matthew Breen, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring this new functionality to our customers. In early 2020, spectators who require wheelchair or accessible seating will be able to book their own tickets online at a time that’s convenient for them.

“Previously customers who required accessible seating had to call up and book over the phone. Whilst it may not sound revolutionary, this functionality is something which is still in development by many national ticketing agencies and we’re delighted to be one of the first governing bodies in the UK to offer this much needed service for our customers – we’ll be announcing further details in the New Year on our website.”

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#wedNEWSday – Netball Gets Moving at UWE

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The University of West England’s University Netball Officers have hit the ground running with their weekly netball league. 120 students attended the first session in September and with 75 of them having not played netball in the last year, the programme has been a great success in providing opportunities for students to get involved in something new to them. 

Tintin, Hannah, Rianna and Emma. University Netball Officers at the University of West England

Tamara Getter who is the Sport Experience Manager at the University of West England commented “Social Netball at UWE Bristol is a fundamental and important part of our MOVE participation programme which aims to provide fun, friendly and social activity for students, staff and the community. Partnering with England Netball gives our students the opportunity to apply for the role of UNO (University Netball Officer). This role gives them real life experience of organising and delivering a sports programme, national networking and enhancing their CV and employability upon graduation. Our UNO’s enable, encourage and organise over 150 people per week, to be active playing in our social netball league.”

The UNOs run a weekly league on a Thursday evening in which teams get to play matches against each other as well as meet new people and socialise. Emma, who is a 2nd year student, gave the UNO’s collective thoughts on what it’s like being an UNO:

“Although it is a lot of work organising so many people it is really worth it to get so many people active and involved in social sport, which is the main aim of the MOVE programme at UWE.
We have a huge range of abilities in our sessions, from people who have never played before to people who have been playing for years. It’s great seeing everyone playing together and having a good time regardless. It’s really rewarding that so many people come to the sessions as it really makes us feel like we must be doing a good job!”

Emma and Tintin with some of the netball teams at UWE

“We have such a great mixed group who are keen to get involved in netball this year, and we try to appeal to everyone by organising friendlies against other Universities to appeal to those who are keen to play competitively, as well as keeping the sessions fun and light-hearted for those who enjoy netball sessions for a run about and time with their friends.”

UNOs Tintin, Emma, Rianna and Hannah with two of their teams before their friendly matches against Bath Spa University.

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#wedNEWSday – Happy Birthday Trailblazers

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Trailblazers Walking Netball club in Weston Super Mare celebrated their 3rd Birthday on the 7th November! As part of the celebrations they had a special training session which was run by Gilly Salter. Angela who leads the sessions said ‘It was a great coaching session with Gilly, she always makes it fun and has so much experience.’

After the session, they presented the “Tina Webb Memorial Trophy” to the Club person of the year, voted for by the other ladies. This was given to Stella Hamilton. Tina Webb was a lovely lady who sadly passed away in May this year. She was a valued member of the club and the club want to keep her memory alive by presenting this trophy each year.  

They had a great session and even had a cake afterwards to celebrate with their mascot!

Happy Birthday Trailblazers and we can’t wait to see what more you do in the future!

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#wedNEWSday – Pudsey plays netball

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On Sunday 10th November, Bournemouth Netball club hosted a BBC Children in Need Pudsey Games Family Netball Tournament.

Mum’s, dads, Aunties, uncles and the U14 juniors made up the 10 teams that competed in the family tournament. Well done to the Winners – Club Tropicana and the Runners Up – Fur the Love of Netball!

Throughout the day a raffle took place which included a hand knitted Pudsey which was knitted by head coach Jacqui’s 94 year old and a shooting competition all while paying their respects to the fallen and observing a 2 minute silence for Remembrance Sunday.

Joan and knitted Pudsey

Hanna Butler from Bournemouth Netball Club said ‘It was so much fun and we are very proud to announce we raised over £480 for Children in Need! A huge thanks to BH Live Active, Sir David English for donating the use the courts so all the money we raised went to charity. Our shooting competition was a great success and big congratulations to Sascha who got a whopping 450 points!’

What a brilliant way to spend a Sunday morning and well done to all who took part.

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#wedNEWSday – Welcome Lucy

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We have new member of the South West Team, Lucy Higgins has come on board as the  Netball Development Officer for Cornwall, as maternity cover for Fern Noott. She will be working 2.5 days a week and focus on supporting the Cornwall Netball Management Board with increasing participation.

Lucy is born and raised in Cornwall and having played netball since primary school, she developed her passion for the sport when she moved to Australia. Lucy has continued to play right through to today, although currently recovering from an injury so her return to court is via Walking Netball. She plays for a local club, where she also helps to coach, umpire and do admin behind the scenes, and is very passionate about injury prevention and management in sport.

When Lucy isn’t playing, organising, watching or talking about netball (which isn’t very often), you can find her at the beach or in her other role as Deputy Editor at a wedding magazine!

Since starting her role, Lucy has said that she is ‘most looking forward to getting to talk, write and think about netball all day! I love the sport and am passionate about getting more people involved in it’

She thinks her biggest challenge will be ‘Learning to work in a new industry, having always worked in journalism until now. While I’m loving getting stuck in, I think there will forever be acronyms I don’t understand!’

This year Lucy’s favourite netball moment was a tough one to choose so she said ‘ -Starting up a Walking Netball session in Penzance, getting to know a great bunch of ladies, having a brilliant turn-out week after week, and winning our first ever Walking Netball festival! And Being at the Netball World Cup and watching Rachel Dunn take the court in the bronze medal match after lots of cheering and shouting from the crowd. Such a fab atmosphere, and I loved being in the presence of so many other netball nerds!’

Say Hi to Lucy if you get to see or speak to her and welcome to the team!

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