#wedNEWSday – Somerset Netballer attains prestigious qualifications

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

A Somerset netballer has become only the second coach in England to attain a Level 3 Netball Coaching Qualification alongside holding her A award in officiating.

In fact, Jenna Adamson, who works as Director of Netball at Millfield School in Street, is the only active individual to currently hold both these prestigious qualifications in the country.

“I have always been involved with netball for as long as I can remember, which in the early days was as a player. Although I had coached locally and at camps and in schools, my coaching journey really started when I was 19 and I went to New Zealand to attend Uni and to play netball. A few months before I sustained a knee injury, so when I arrived at the club in New Zealand, they suggested I coach as I couldn’t play,” says Jenna of how she began her journey into coaching.

“When I returned to the UK, I worked my way up through the performance pathway from Satellite to NPL to coaching internationally. I have also worked in an array of schools and have been at Millfield since 2017. I am fortunate that I have managed to make my passion and hobby my career.”

To gain the UKCC Level 3 qualification, Jenna completed more than 200 hours of training, assessments and directed activities, over five years. And in an equally impressive role, Jenna – who as well as coaching at Millfield, is also Assistant Coach at VNSL team Celtic Dragons, and Assistant National Coach of Wales, as well as Head Coach of Team Bath ADC at Millfield School – has also worked her way up as an umpire to gain the A award – the highest award in the EN Officiating Pathway.

Gaining her A Award in November 2018, Jenna was selected into the Elite Development England Officiating group, which enabled her to umpire Netball Performance League (NPL) and Premier League games, as well as the opportunity to be selected to umpire Vitality Roses (England Netball) training and selection matches.

“I believe the two disciplines – coaching and officiating – go hand in hand. Coaching gives you a better understanding of the game as an umpire, in terms of what you can see in front of you and helps with movement and timing when you recognise principles and plays,” she says. “Umpiring gives you a better understanding of the game as a coach as you can proactively inform players of the rules and help them to understand why and where they can adjust their game on court.”

Having played, coached and umpired netball at very high levels, it’s clear that Jenna finds the sport rewarding. “Supporting others and having a positive impact on their learning within netball and their development as an individual off the court, is something which really motivates me to work within the sport,” she says. “Being a part of their journey and helping to shape them as people whilst preparing them for the next steps is incredibly rewarding.”

But for someone who’s such a positive force who’s gone so far in her netball journey, Jenna’s not ready to stop striving yet! “We are just about to go into block 3 of our prep for qualification with Wales for the Commonwealth Games,” she says. “All being well, I’m really looking forward to going to the Commonwealth Games next year, and working towards the Netball World Cup in South Africa the following year.” Nothing can stop Jenna!

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#wedNEWSday – Studland WI are 100

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A huge welcome to our newest Women’s Institute (WI) Walking Netball (WN) group from Studland, Dorset. And it is a double celebration as they also have just celebrated their Centenary as a WI. The very first WI meeting in the UK took place in 1915 with Studland starting up not longer after that.

It may have taken 100 years for netball to come to Studland WI but now that it has arrived, it is proving very popular. The first 3 sessions have seen 20 ladies turn up each time with over 30 on the register. Chrissie and Aggie have been the driving force behind the sessions and they have managed to work with Sarah Clark (Dorset Netball Development Officer) to set up the WN group and get themselves trained as WN hosts in record time! There is plenty of ‘Wiggle and Giggle’ in this group and I think some of the ladies may also be ‘In it to win it’! The ladies are looking forward to entering teams into the WN festival on 13th February 2022 in Yeovil, Somerset (more details soon).


Click here to read more about the incredible history of the WI.

If you would like to become part of a WI near you click here.

For further information on Walking netball click here.

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#wedNEWSday – Netball and The Well HQ

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

Tuesday 16 November, 7.45pm – Netball and The Well HQ: Ask Us Anything – Supporting Teenage Athletes. 

Book your place now!

England Netball have teamed up with The Well HQ to bring members and non-members the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of supporting the teenage athlete. With pioneering women’s health experts alongside Roses Academy Head Coach, Sheonah Forbes, this 1-hour long webinar will look at areas such as why girls drop out of sport at twice the rate of boys, and how to support teenage athletes by understanding how the changes they are going through can impact how they train and perform.

We want everyone to feel comfortable playing the game they love and by creating an environment that empowers and supports these young girls we hope to enable them to thrive.

To register for the upcoming webinar, click here.

Click here to catch up on previous webinars from injury prevention to menopause to mindset and confidence within sport.

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)


#wedNEWSday – Regional League Update

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

With netball coming back stronger each day, teams across the South West have been keen to get back on court and back to playing competitive netball. The South West regional league is now well underway and teams have been travelling across the region to put their skills to the test. It has been wonderful to see so many players enjoying themselves and teams have put in huge amounts of effort to ensure that matches go ahead, whether that’s finding alternative umpires or pulling players up from other squads in their club they are determined not to let COVID-19 get in the way.

The weekend of 30th – 31st October saw Team Jets come over from Jersey for double headers, Les Thomas (Netball South West competitions lead) commented on how grateful she is to the teams for the extra organisation that goes into making these weekends happen.

Unfortunately, several matches have had to be postponed due to COVID-19, however these are being rescheduled for later in the year ensuring equal opportunities for all the teams.

Want to know the latest match results and the dates of the upcoming fixtures? Then click here to find out more.

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#wedNEWSday – Celebrating Black History Month

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

Black History Month, commemorated every October, is a national celebration that aims to promote and showcase Black contribution to British society. To celebrate the Black members of our Netball family in the South-West and beyond we have collated a few insightful discussions and documentaries below.

England Netball have some incredible interviews from some of the Black members of our Netballing community, who play a valuable part in making our sport what it is.

To watch and read these interviews, with people from all parts of the community from England Roses and Vitality Netball Superleague players to Walking Netball Hosts and coaches, click below to find out about their experiences with the sport.

Halimat Adio – Roses Future

Jodie Gibson – Vitality Rose

Janet Hills – Head Coach

Jean Hornsby – First Black netball player to represent England

Cherron Inko-Tariah – Back to Netballer

Jenny Thomas – Walking Netball Host

Jewel Uchegbu – Netball Development Officer

Marlene Wander – Vice Chair

Ebiso Whyte – Youth Netballer

Have you seen the Black Roses documentary yet? It’s an astonishing insight into the history of the history of the Black Roses. Led by Superleague Assistant Coach Camilla Buchanan, she explores how the Windrush Generation produced the first Black athletes to represent England in a red dress. Members of the Netball South-West team found it an insightful and poignant documentary and well worth a watch.


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#wedNEWSday – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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

With Breast Cancer Awareness month happening in October Netball South West are very grateful to Natasha for sharing her experience of breast cancer and the impact that playing netball had on her journey.

“In November 2020 I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in my right breast. Hearing the news I had breast cancer was the worst day of my life. All I could think of was my two girls and who would look out for them if I died. I had 18 chemotherapy sessions, lumpectomy, and lymph node clearance under my arm and then 15 sessions of radiotherapy. I finished all my treatment in September 2021 and was told that I was cancer free. I was very lucky that I caught my breast cancer early, if I had left it any longer it could have spread to other organs which would have made my diagnosis terminal. It was a relief when I finished my treatment and I realised just how strong a person I am. Hearing those words “it’s over” was the best feeling ever. I asked myself a lot of the time why me, why have I got cancer, I am too young, I am only 37. I will never be the old Tash again, but I will thrive to be the new me. 

Having played netball since I was 7 years old, the sport is an important part of my life and I have made so many great netball friends from it. When I was diagnosed, netball wasn’t going ahead but as soon as it was back on I was keen to play. Throughout my chemotherapy, I continued going to Sue Anderson’s (former Bristol NDCC) sessions at Merchants. I made myself play half the time as I was sometimes exhausted from my treatment. I played all the way up to surgery and went back to netball quite quickly after, I was so keen to get back to being me again.

Throughout my journey with breast cancer, netball has helped me emotionally, socially and physically. Just turning up, meeting new people, and playing a game that I love. Sue was checking in on me throughout the sessions making sure I was ok and not overdoing it. I am now playing in a league with my team Portishead Pirates and enjoying the sport that I love.

I would like to thank a few people who all have a big place in my heart and whom I couldn’t have got through this without: Sue Anderson for taking me to all my chemotherapy sessions and picking me up and for making me a lovely bag of hospital goodies to help me through them. Emma Dorrington for dropping and picking Rosealin up from school. And my netball team Portishead Pirates especially Lindy for raising money to help me look like me again and have some dignity back. Also for the constant check ins and calls and just caring for me, I will never forget that. 

Everyone deals with cancer differently I choose to be positive, actively play the sport I love and live life to the full.”

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to anyone who is going through or has been through cancer. For more support and information please follow the links below:





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#wedNEWSday – #TimeTogether Campaign

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

This week in line with Women In Sport’s #TimeTogether Campaign, which is encouraging mothers/mother figures and daughters to reconnect through sport, we spoke to England Netball’s very own Sarah Clark about her experience of sharing her passion for netball with her daughters.

“I can’t ever remember not playing netball and for many years it was a lifeline, a parallel universe away from challenging home and personal situations. At times I played for four different teams each week – not a chance of my body withstanding that now! I have worked across the UK and with each move, the first thing I did was join my local netball team. I did not start giving back to the netball community until my own three girls were in primary school. Following an ACL reconstruction and an enforced year out, I trained as a level 2 coach to stay in touch with the sport. After a few years coaching at my girls’ primary school, I started Axe Vale Netball Club with two of my netball friends. Coaching your own children is not always easy but all three of my girls fell in love with the sport instantly and they have never seemed to mind me always being around. I soon found that I had to buy a 7-seater car as one of the benefits of having your mum on the coaching team is that she can give a lift to all your friends who are also coming to the match! I have ended many a netball journey with my ears ringing from all the loud singing and shouting that seems to accompany six teenagers in a car. In my younger days, I spent many years just turning up for training and matches without any idea of the effort to make it all happen and I was keen that my girls would start giving back to the netball community as soon as possible. All my girls have helped coached, umpire and support netball events and whilst there is sometimes an incentive like Duke of Edinburgh Award or Pass on Your Passion hours, I know they are also doing it for enjoyment. I think this has also given them an insight into how many volunteering hours go into the netball community and why it is important to make a contribution from a young age. I have helped them learn to coach and umpire and they have taught me how to use social media to publicise events and successes! Netball certainly gives us a common language but importantly it gives us some cross over in diaries and I know that we will be spending at least two nights together. I now play in a netball team with my two older teenagers – the whole of the defence is the Clark family! The youngest Clark is busy playing with Team Bath at the moment, but I hope that one day I will play with all my girls in the same team. We still do the netball journeys in the 7-seater but this time it is my seventeen year olds who are complaining that the middle aged ladies are making too much noise!”

Feel inspired to get involved in netball? Then click here to find a session close to you and start your #TimeTogether today.

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#wedNEWSday – Start your netball journey today

Here in the South West we strive to better the delivery of our netball programmes across the region, however, in order to succeed in inspiring others to take part in netball we need YOU to become part of it too.

Over the upcoming months we have several Walking Netball Host Training and Bee Netball workshops on offer.

What is Walking Netball?

Women the length of the country have been playing Walking Netball for fun, laughter and the camaraderie the sessions bring, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into netball. Unlike most of the other courses England Netball offer, no prior qualifications or skills are required to attend the Host Training workshop – in fact the very best way is to start as a participant yourself!

NSW asked current Walking Netball Host, Karen Perryman, why she enjoys being a host:

I think being a Walking Netball host makes you feel that you are making a difference by re-engaging people in your community to exercise many of whom have not been active for years. It does not matter how good or fit you are, Walking Netball really is for everyone to enjoy and the satisfaction it gives me as a host is huge. Seeing them laugh and having fun whilst improving their health whilst making great friends along the way. We are a family and have supported and helped each other during good times and bad.”What is Bee Netball?

Bee Netball is a framework for primary school children to get a great start in life through learning valuable skills including social, emotional and teamwork, all through netball. Bees themselves exemplify many of the values that netball instils; they’re active, hardworking, have a real sense of belonging and that’s exactly what we hope all our very own Bees (the young players!) develop as they are introduced to our great sport! Aimed at teachers and coaches, this workshop will be all you need to deliver this great programme in your setting.

Experienced Bee Netball Workshop Tutor, Lisa Birks, comments:

“The Bee Netball workshops are a good blend of practical and theorical aspects of this brilliant progressive and interactive grassroots programme. Whether you are looking for tips on how to deliver the skills, reward the values or simply network with fellow coaches in your area, you will hopefully go away more informed and raring to deliver the ethos of Bee Netball into your clubs and schools.” 

Don’t miss your chance to book onto one of these workshops here.

Walking Netball Host Training

Date: Sunday 17th October 2021

Time: 10am – 4pm 

Location: Bucklers Mead Leisure Centre, 1 St John’s Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4NH

** booking for this workshop closes today (06/10/2021) **


Date: Sunday 5th December 2021

Time: 11am – 5pm

Location: Falmouth School, Trescobeas Road, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4LH


Date: Sunday 9th January 2022

Time: 11am – 5pm 

Location: Rednock School, Kingshill Road, Durlsey, GL11 4BY


Date: Sunday 16th January 2022

Time: 11am – 5pm

Location: Paignton Academy, Waterleat Road, Paignton, TQ3 3WA


Date: Sunday 20th February 2022

Time: 11am – 5pm 

Location: Warminster School, Church Street, Warminster, BA12 8PJ


Bee Netball Workshops:

Dates: Monday 8th November 2021

Times: 5pm – 8pm

Location: Stoke Damerel Community College, Somerset Place, Stoke, Plymouth PL3 4BD


Date: Wednesday 19th January 2022

Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Location: Cheltenham Ladies College, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3EP

#wedNEWSday – She is dedicated, she empowers, she is our Devon NDO

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

When it comes to empowering others, one long serving Netball Development Officer (NDO) should have it as her middle name!

Jenny Kelly, Devon NDO, is currently either a Champion or Expert in all things Covid-19, Membership, Data Hub, Walking and Bee Netball, plus a Behaviours Taskforce member – all this alongside her day job!

The above additional roles that Jenny undertakes show her commitment to inclusion and have a valuable place in creating inclusive cultures in the workplace every day. Jenny’s dedication to empowering others in her county, region and beyond is hugely appreciated by her colleagues and all the volunteers she works with. Thank you, Jenny.

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)

#wedNEWSday – SW clubs gain final reaccreditation!

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

At the start of the summer five clubs from the SW region submitted their (electronic) CAPS folder ahead of the final reaccreditation, as we currently know it.

Netball South West are delighted to announce that all five clubs passed so a huge congratulations to Devizes NC for achieving their bronze reaccreditation, Randwick NC, Dorset Allstars NC and Galmington NC for reaching silver and a special shout out to Cornwall based Saints NC who gained their gold reaccreditation.

Jean Davies, Head Coach from Saints NC was delighted with the news and comments:

“I am so proud of all the hard work that members of the club have done to help Saints Netball Cornwall regain its gold caps award.  It takes dedication from all involved to achieve this award from England Netball. We are so fortunate to have great players, coaches, umpires and committee members. The Saints family continues to strive for excellence in all we do and it’s great to see our efforts recognised by England Netball.”

The review of CAPS should be completed by the end of the year, with the launch of a new club recognition process due in Spring 2022. England Netball will be in touch in due course but, in the meantime, a huge thank you to every club volunteer who continues to work tirelessly to ensure netball activity can continue with brilliant standards upheld.

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)