#wedNEWSday – Guess who’s back!

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

Since netball was able to return in April several of our regions local leagues have been swinging back into action and getting members back on court. Here’s a round up of what’s been going on so far in the South West.

In East Devon, Torbay Netball League, Riviera Netball League, Teignbridge Netball League, North Devon Netball League, Honiton Netball League and Exeter Netball League have all returned with friendly games for teams wanting to take part. The relaxed nature of the matches most are running with no league tables and an emphasis on fun have really proved popular.

Kirsty Trude Honiton League Chair said, “Not only was it lovely to see everyone again, it was wonderful to hear so much laughter whilst the games were being played.”

Natalie one of the players commented, “After a year of being apart from people, to finally get back on a court, laugh, run around and be free of any worries or life stress has just been amazing. I had missed being around strong, fun and caring ladies.”

West Devon league have been running Back to Netball, Netball Now and netball fitness, 60 players have taken part so far to prepare for the return of the league at the end of May.

The courts are busy in Dorset, SWDL (Weymouth), Poole, North Dorset and Bournemouth have all resumed activity.

Gloucestershire won’t be far behind with matches returning soon after some very successful return to court sessions which saw over 100 players and coaches on court. Alongside the sessions they are running coach mentoring to help support clubs develop Level 2 coaches, great work!

It’s been fantastic to see so may people getting back on court and we would like to thank all the league volunteers, coaches and umpires for all the hard work they have been putting in to make it happen. We are really looking forward to seeing more leagues, clubs and sessions starting in the next few months.

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 – Inspirational women take to court in Bristol

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Our Netball Development Community Coach Sue Anderson has started her Back to Netball sessions in Bristol. Sue has loved being able to take to court supporting the local community with 437 ladies attending the sessions.

Joining the session have been two inspirational women. Julie has returned to netball after a caesarian, Breast Cancer, treatment and numerous operations over a 6 year period. She tried to exercise but her body wasn’t able to do what she thought it should be able to do, forgetting about what she had been through and allowing herself to get upset and give up. But, back to netball has changed everything rather than crying sad tears, she cried happy and proud tears. She said ‘It’s made me feel like me again and that I can do anything. It’s made me want to push myself and do what I know I can do.’ The support she has received from the amazing ladies is immense and Julie feels so grateful and lucky to have met them and be part of an amazing team. She said ‘Thank you so much for tonight. I am buzzing. This is the first time in years that I’ve done some form of exercise that I haven’t actually gone home and cried about because my body wouldn’t let me do what it used to do. Clearly my game needs work but that’s expected but it’s made me want to work harder and not give up which is just what I needed.’

There is another inspirational lady Natasha who is a young single mum of two that is going through Breast cancer now and is still managing to play! she is amazing and uses netball as a release.

Sue has many sessions across Bristol, and you are more than welcome to contact her anytime for more information. Sue.Anderson@englandnetball.co.uk

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#wedNEWSday – 400 days ago…

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On Saturday (24th April) it had been exactly 400 days since Gloucestershire netball members had stepped foot on a netball court.

Across two venues – All Saints’ Academy in Cheltenham and St Peter’s School in Gloucester – 66 netballers took to court to participate in Return to Court sessions run by Gloucestershire Netball.  The coach lead sessions focused on fitness, injury prevention and fun!

Stroud Ladies NC returning to court last weekend

Stroud Ladies NC returning to court last weekend

There are four Return to Court sessions in total leading up to summer league which, this year, will be played under modified rules and be non-competitive to ensure covid compliancy.

In conjunction with getting players back on court, Gloucestershire Netball have launched their new website https://glos-netball.org.uk/ . The website has been designed to be informative for both current players and the netball workforce, and for those looking to join our sport.

If you would like anymore information with regards to netball in Gloucestershire, please do not hesitate to get in touch (rachel.bussey@englandnetball.co.uk).

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 – The First Online Sport, Physical Activity & Trans People Course takes place

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Last week, Netball South West hosted the first Sport, Physical Activity & Trans People: The Basic online Course which was successfully led by Gendered Intelligence. On the 16th April, 27 members ranging from Regional Management Board member, committee members & England Netball Staff.

This online course came about from County Chairs call in January, and since then there has been some behind the scenes conversations. Off the back of these we contacted Gendered Intelligence about putting a session for our members. Gendered Intelligence are a trans led charity working directly with some 500 young trans and gender questioning people from diverse backgrounds across the course of a year, primarily through our youth groups and 1:1 mentoring services (http://genderedintelligence.co.uk/) The session introduced the key ideas and information people need to know about trans inclusion within grassroots sport and physical activity settings. Allowing learners to understand what ‘trans’ means, crucial concepts to understanding trains people and legislation relating to trans identities.

We had some fantastic feedback about the session, with learners saying:

‘An excellent evening. From a base line of zero, I felt I learnt so much.’ & ‘This was one of the best training sessions I have ever been on, it really was so informative, but it was so engaging, and the time just flew.’

If you are interested in finding out more about Sport, Physcial Activity & Trans People or attending a future session then please let Laura in the Regional office know, on Southwest@englandnetball.co.uk so that you can be added for future contacts.

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#wedNEWSday – Lets Stay Connected

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Over the last 30 days, Chivenor Netters past and present  have been out walking, running, cycling in all weathers to hit their target of 1000 miles, getting out at these hard times and raising money for a local charity Survivors Alliance North Devon CIC.

This team is a group of military wives, just 1 team so to make over 1000 miles was a great effort by all. As players get posted away, we were lucky that some past players helped from different parts of England, 1 in Germany and 1 in America.

Club member Jan, said ‘I would like to thank everyone that took part and sponsored us, supporting each other and sharing a lot of love, I am so proud of all of you and to be part of such an amazing team. We had done our part smashing the 1000 miles target, so if you can spare a little and support this charity we would be very grateful: https://gofund.me/0daed2aa’

Congratulations to all involved, it is a great achievement.

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#wedNEWSday – Lets Stay Connected

Pewsey Netball Club are Heading to Africa!

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Thank you Emily for the update on how members of Pewsey Netball Club are keeping connected with their members, read what they have been up to:

Throughout this third lockdown Pewsey Netball Club have packed their bags and headed off to Cape Town (the home of the next Netball World Cup) in South Africa, (virtually for now of course!) During this third lockdown our team of 29 ladies are aiming to walk, run, cycle, spin, swim etc. our way through the 8282 miles to Cape Town.

Hitting week 10 means another week and another country. This past week we’ve travelled 963.5 miles meaning we’ve arrived in Sukses in Namibia. Our grand total now sits at a whopping 7413.25 miles! With just 969 miles to go…. can we complete our challenge a week early?! Cape Town, we’re so close now!

This is all in aid of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice. We had planned a number of fundraising events but due to COVID they’ve all sadly been postponed. Julia’s House provides frequent, flexible care for children with life-limited or life-threatening conditions to give their parents a much needed break.

Your kind sponsorship will make a life changing difference to these families.

The link to donate is below.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pewseynetball

A big thank you to all those who have donated to our Julia’s House Children’s Hospice fundraiser so far. You really have spurred us on. 🖤❤️🤍

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#wedNEWSday – SW Youth Officiating Taster Sessions

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Over lockdown, two members of the Netball South West Regional Management Board, Education and Training Lead Sarah & Youth Lead Issy met virtually to discuss the option of rolling out a Youth Officiating Taster session around the region.

They brainstormed the idea to engage and encourage more young people (U18s) to learn the rules of netball and get a better understanding of Officiating. This started by launching a couple of taster sessions, targeting clubs in Somerset and Gloucestershire with a range of different age groups to gain a clearer insight of how to deliver and tailor the session.

During the session they have taken a personalised approach using Q&A, pictures, diagrams, and demonstrations.  The overall feedback so far has been brilliant, the girls have been really engaged, enthusiastic and are wanting to participate. All learners earn a certificate for their participation on the course and receive supporting resources to help players continue their officiating journey after the course, having the tools to aid them if wanting to attend future England Netball Officiating courses.

The aim for Sarah and Issy is to role this to all the counties in the South West and deliver this forum for them, to provide them with a better understanding and give the young players a different perspective of the game. They will be in contact with counties directly about this.

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wedNEWSday – Lets Stay Connected

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Restoring Lymington Road Netball Courts

Beryl D’Alessandro has devoted much of her life to running netball teams and encouraging girls and ladies of a range of ages to believe in themselves and be part of a team and the netball community. The benefits that these opportunities have bought are huge. The confidence, the feelings of being part of a team, the friendships, the fitness and feelings of well being are far reaching beyond the netball court.

Beryl was a keen netball player herself and formed a team that used to play at Lymington Rd, Torquay in the early 1980s and then qualified as an umpire. Beryl started suffering from arthritis and so concentrated her efforts on running teams and organising charity tournaments that even involved local police and firemen! Beryl has always been driven to not only facilitate sport and fitness but to give back to the community and individuals that need support. Beryl’s daughters Laura and Lia started playing for her and over the years she developed and ran up to 10 teams in various local leagues.

Unfortunately, Beryl was diagnosed with a disease called Sarcoidosis effecting the joints and muscles and had to endure many operations and pain over the years. Unsurprisingly to all that know Beryl, despite many huge setbacks with her health, she continued to put netball first and her passion for her teams has never changed. Even having suffered from 3 heart attacks, Beryl has refused to take a back seat as apart from her beloved family netball is what she lives for!

Seven years ago, Beryl started up a League at Paignton Academy’s Hub and with the help from local sponsors and an invaluable committee has grown this into a well established Torbay League with 3 divisions and 29 teams. She was also presented with the ‘Unsung Hero of the Year’ Title by Torbay Sports Awards. These good times have been disrupted, however, as the Covid Pandemic has bought huge challenges to the netball community. Beryl has gone to great lengths to try and keep the games going and even found a local company to remark the old courts at the YMCA and bought new posts so outside games could continue.

Despite these efforts the Lockdowns put an end to all play. Beryl has already started to plan a charity tournament to raise money for the YMCA that desperately needs support. The council has also decided to fund the development of the courts at Lymington Rd where Beryl’s long career in netball all started! So Beryl has decided she would like to help with the shortfall needed to complete the project and breath life into the netball courts of Torquay.

She is planning to walk 40 miles in 4 months to represent the 40 years of service to netball and aims to raise £4,000 and hopefully lose 4 stone in the process! Beryl suffers from Sarcoidosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis and asthma so this is a huge challenge for her. She knows it will have health benefits and also prove to herself there’s fight in the Old Girl yet! Beryl will be 75 years old on June 6th and is hoping to finish in time for birthday celebrations and a cream tea in her garden! Beryl has set up a Fundraising Page which you can access here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-restore-lymington-road-netball-courts?qid=333c179ca447a25c574bbcdc15431eda

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#wedNEWSday – Let’s stay connected

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On the 15th of February, Gloucestershire Ladies Netball Club started a Lands End to John O’Groats challenge in aid of Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity. Their members and family’s ran/cycled/walked the 874 miles to raise money to thank our amazing NHS heroes who have worked tirelessly through the pandemic.

Taken pre-covid
This challenge was something different to what they had done in the previous lockdowns (such as ball skill challenges); to keep connected, they felt they needed a long-term challenge. A senior member Bianca suggested aiming to get to John O’Groats. There have been a wide range of members from Bee Netball to Walking Netballers, making it inclusive for all. They are regularly supporting each other on Strava for other exercises and keeping connected through Zoom quizzes.

Within 12 days of the challenge, they have managed to reach John O’Groats and have ran/walked/cycled, 200miles over the target, reaching 1000 miles. Well done to all who took part, there were participants from every age group of the club with around 50 individuals in total! It is a great achievement and the social media updates have shown how close and connected the club has become!

Picture taken pre-covid

Thank you for sharing your story and well done on achieving your challenge!

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#wedNEWSday – Let’s Stay Connected

Yeovil Netball Club – 6 week Inter Team Competition

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Yeovil Netball Club in Somerset had been continuing to train up until Christmas ensuring they were following Covid guidance but once lockdown 3.0 started they wanted to find something to keep the club connected.

After speaking to Paula, committee member at Yeovil said that ‘We came up with the KM challenge that was set up to run for 6 weeks, starting the week beginning 11.1.21 and ending last Friday, 19.2 .21. The aim was to provide a challenge that would keep the players connected to each other, to maintain fitness for physical and mental wellbeing and provide a little inter squad competition.’

‘The challenge involved each squad (6 squads of approximately 10 players) in competition to see who could travel the furthest over the 6-week period in KMs. They could walk, run, cycle, do HIT or S&C sessions etc and then each week send their distances into me and I collated.’

Weekly score updates were given across social media so that the wider netball community could see how they are getting on. Paula said ‘I have to say it has been amazing to see how involved everyone has been and how much inter competition has been generated. In total after the 6 weeks the squads travelled an amazing 15,523 Km! With one individual contributing a whopping 2466.34km on her bike in 6 weeks.’

The winning squad, Hendford travelled 6204 km between them which is incredible, that would take them all the way past the equator! Paula mentioned ‘now we have had the green light to return to netball after March 29th, our players will be fit and ready to go. We obviously need to wait to hear from EN as to how we can safely return but our COVID-19 committee is primed and ready!’

It is amazing to see and hear how to club has been working together to complete their challenge and getting ready to return to court. We can’t wait to see your pictures when you do.

Thank you, Paula for sharing the information with us.

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)