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Skybound sore on Social Media

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The second week of lockdown has now commenced nationally and Bristol based Netball Club, Skybound has been keeping their members entertained by setting daily challenges on social media.

Their daily challenges include HIIT sessions to get everyone involved. All the members have been doing these challenges in their own time and sharing them on social media to keep active. The sessions have seen all members getting their families involved, especially Husbands & boyfriends, who have now been called #HABS in the club.  

The club has been very active on social media, uploading their daily goals, sharing how members are getting on and hosting their first quiz night which is going to take place every Tuesday via zoom. The quiz last night consisted of ‘The Netball Round’ 23 questions about netball in general and the club. Next week’s quiz is going to be on general knowledge and we are looking forward to seeing how it goes!

The club are now keen to keeping interacting with each club member and looking what else they can roll out on social media, we will be keeping our eyes peeled and keep up the great work!

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#wedNEWSday – LETS STAY CONNECTED

A LETTER A DAY KEEPS THE BLUES AWAY

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Dursley Diamonds Walking Netball Club was set up in January 2017 by Honorary Life Member Gilly Salter. Having attended Rednock School in Dursley where she was inspired to play netball, and having stayed in touch with some of her early inspirational coaches/players/friends from school,  Gilly thought it would be great to reunite everyone, give something back and encourage a new group to form a walking netball club to run out of her former school.

Right from the outset Gilly was thrilled to see old school friends and other new players immediately sign up and one of these was Gwen Frost (ne; Kinery).  At school Gwen was your typical all-rounder, great at every sport, and a loveable caring individual who was liked by everyone.  Gwen played in every team in virtually every sport, and inevitably her path crossed with Gilly as both were netball crazy, and although Gwen was a year older at school, (Gilly just wanted to get that one in ) , both ended up playing in the same team.

Fast forward 40 plus years it came as no surprise that Gwen willing signed up, and even came up with the name Dursley Diamonds, believing that all members were diamonds in her book. 

As the club attracted new members, Gwen began to take on the role of a club organiser, setting up a variety of events for the members to attend. These have included attending an auction dinner evening, setting up a Carly Taylor fund-raising initiative , and has even held two amazing events in her own back garden , one in the summer where her husband Jerry, and one of her son’s did all the BBQ cooking ,  and the most recent one at Christmas.

As club captain, a role that she naturally fell into, Gwen took on organising all the lists of members who play in a variety of festivals, tournaments and fixtures, that’s no easy task with three teams on the go and writes the most humorous write up’s on the clubs page which has generated much laughter and banter.

With the announcement from England Netball to suspend walking netball until further notice, Gwen immediately jumped into action writing a blog to our group, knowing this would impact hugely on some of our members who live for these nights out. Here is a snippet of what she had to say:-

“Well CV -19 has taken away the end of our season but it will never take away our friendships and support for each other . As a club we have made huge progress this season fielding three teams but more important we welcomed some wonderful new members who have enhanced our club through ability and companionship. I’m not sure when we will all get together again but I’m looking forward to it already – perhaps a social at my house to celebrate. I’m praying that all our families and friends stay well during this difficult time.

Since writing this and since the lock down has been announced for our more vulnerable groups, Gwen has taken it up on herself to write a letter a day to keep the blues away to each member of our group.  Three letters have already been received, with all members sharing how wonderful it’s made them feel.

In a world that needs compassion and love right now, Gwen Frost just can’t give enough.  So on behalf of our lovely ladies at Dursley Diamonds Walking Netball Club, Gwen we want you to know that  “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend and that friend is you” . Thank you for being there for all of us.

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#wedNEWSday – International Women’s day Festival

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On the 8th March, we celebrated international women’s day! To celebrate this, Jenny Kelly, Devon Netball Development Officer, organised and hosted a Walking Netball and Back to Netball Festival at Paignton Academy.

There were 5 back to netball teams that had to great games being played and enjoyed by all. The games took place in 1 round with 8 minutes each way. Wonford Warriors, Riverside Revels, Lanivet Pandas, Net Top Models & ANVC Bounce back. There were a few close games which saw fantastic netball play. Net Top Models were the winners, winning all their games with Riverside Revels coming close runners up.

In the Walking Netball group there were 4 teams who played in two rounds. The first round was about the ‘competition’! It was great to see the competition among the teams and some close games like in the back to netball in the 16 minutes. The 4 teams, coming from Devon & Cornwall were Acorns, Mayflowers, Allsorts & Lanivet Strollers. The winners of the competitive tournament were the unbeaten Allsorts.

We had a second round of the walking netball, which was call the versatility round. This was where each player chose their position at random playing by 5 minutes each way, as we know some people get stuck to a position. This was for a bit of fun and all the players seemed to enjoy it. The winners of this round were the Allsorts again but the games were certainly closer this time round.

A great thank you to Jenny for organising a fun and netball filled day and to Laura, South West Regional Coordinator, who manned the results table, did the guess the number of goals competition and for social media. As a result of the guess the goal competition we managed to raise £41 for Cancer Research UK.

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England Netball updated statement – Coronavirus

In light of the government’s announcement today (16.03.2020) around Coronavirus (COVID-19), England Netball’s Health Advisory Group has reviewed the government guidance provided and has made the difficult decision to suspend netball activity across the country at all levels of the game at this time.

The health and safety of the Netball Family is our main priority and to avoid the spread of Coronavirus we will be continuing to follow the government’s advice, which is to move away from mass gatherings and for the public to avoid any unnecessary contact where possible over the coming weeks. 

This means suspending competitions, courses, events, programmes, training sessions and all other forms of netball activity until further notice. 

We are aware that the Coronavirus outbreak is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We will therefore continue to follow advice from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and both local and national government on this matter and will keep the Netball Family updated as appropriate. 

We know how great the Netball Family is at supporting each other and we ask that you continue to pull together (albeit virtually) during this difficult time. We will do our best to get you back on court as soon as it is safe to do so, but in the meantime please try to stay connected with your teammates, colleagues, fellow volunteers and others in the netball community as much as possible.

Our Health Advisory Group is working tirelessly to review all netball activity that was scheduled to take place in the coming weeks and will be providing guidance and support to the relevant parties over the coming days. We appreciate your patience in the interim. 

Finally, we ask that you continue to follow the government’s guidance on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, by reviewing the advice provided here. Please stay safe and support each other during this hard time.

#wedNEWSday – Happy 10 Years Net Prophets!

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Net Prophets (from Exeter League) are celebrating 10 years this year after forming together as a result of a back to netball program. In that time we’ve gone from div 6 to div 1 (currently in 2nd place) and between us have had 9 marriages (+ 2 imminent!) as well as 12 children (dubbed the ‘Marginal Prophets’).

Melanie from the club said ‘One of our decade celebrations event was a training session with Serena Guthrie, this was by far the most exciting event we had planned.  Serena took a 2 hour coaching session for, she is a true inspiration and generally a lovely, funny and talented woman! We hope you had fun as we definitely did and hope you liked your bobby shaped gifts’

Happy 10 Year Anniversary Net Prophets.

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England Netball statement – Coronavirus

Netball Post.

The health and safety of the Netball Family, whether you’re a member, player, volunteer, staff member or fan, is our main priority, particularly during this busy season with competitions and leagues running across the country at all levels of the game including the Vitality Netball Superleague.

Currently, there are no plans to cancel, postpone or otherwise change any of the national competition and events England Netball delivers, however we are aware that the coronavirus outbreak is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We are in regular contact with the relevant authorities and venues, franchises and all key partners and stakeholders to monitor the situation.

We will continue to follow advice from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and both local and national government on this matter.

We would like to draw the attention of anyone who attends any netball event or activity to the following general advice:

  • Frequently clean your hands in soap and water, or with an alcohol-based hand rub. We will endeavor to provide additional hand sanitizers where possible
  • If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands
  • Avoid contact with anyone who has a fever or cough
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with ‘high touch’ areas such as handrails, lift buttons, door handles, surfaces etc
  • If you experience difficulty breathing, have a high temperature or cough, please stay at home and contact a medical advisor by phone
  • Players are entitled, should they wish, not to shake hands or have any other form of physical contact with their opponent or officials (for example at the end of their match)
  • Fans are advised that during this time players may not feel comfortable interacting with fans to their usual level and so it may be more difficult to obtain autographs or pictures with players. Fans are thanked for their understanding at this time.

If you are considering attending a netball event in any capacity and have recently returned to the UK from overseas, particularly affected parts of the world, we would like to draw your attention to the following advice from the UK Government: http://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

#wedNEWSday – U12 regional tournament is coming…

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So Regional Schools have been completed, State schools are well underway & now we have a U12 Regional Tournament coming up!

This event is sure to be an exciting one for the 7 clubs that are already signed up, however if you wish to sign up then entries are still available. All the details are below if you wish to sign up:

NETBALL SOUTH WEST
U12 Regional Tournament
Sunday 26th April 2020
10am-4pm approx
Paignton Community and Sports Academy
Waterleat Road, Paignton TQ3 3WA


ENTRY FORM
Please complete via
https://goo.gl/forms/HT6vx5hrSDZRdw5h1

Players

  • Players must be U12 on at midnight on 31st August/1st September 2019
  • Minimum squad size of 9
  • All players shall be a member of England Netball for the 2019-20 season.

Umpires

  • Each team to provide a qualified or County approved umpire – these will be allocated neutrally and may well be used when your teams are playing.

Scorers

  • Teams to provide a scorer – this can be a player as long as they know how to score.

The deadline for clubs to submit their form is Friday 20th March 2020!

*  TTNC Blue were the winners in last year’s final against Team Jets.

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#wedNEWSday – YOUR nomination counts…

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With an estimated 26,000 volunteers enriching lives through netball, we need your help to make sure they feel special, so please can you give a little bit of your time, to those who give their time, feel special?

There are 8 Goalden Globe categories that will feature at the South West Goalden Globe Netball Volunteer Awards to encompass all the great work our volunteers do. The South West event is taking place at Woodlands Castle, Taunton on the 1st May which is sure to be the celebration event of the year! The awards categories are:

  • The Unsung Hero Award recognises an individual who has contributed to the delivery of club or local league netball for a minimum of five years. Christine Laker was our worthy winner last year for her dedication to the growth of the Plymouth Junior League. Nominate here!
  • Do you know an inspirational individual who has provided an outstanding contribution to netball delivery, in a voluntary role outside coaching and officiating for a minimum of 3 years?
    Lin Oldham was the Mary Bulloch Award winner last year for her volunteering support given to the Officiating Technical Support Group.
    Nominate here!
  • The Teacher Award is for outstanding contribution to netball in the education environment.
    Hayley McCalister was the national winner at last year’s National Awards for her commitment to netball at her school and community. Nominate here!
  • Do you know an individual who has consistently contributed to grassroots netball officiating as a volunteer for a minimum of three years? Hazel Nicholls scooped the 2019 Sheelagh Redpath Grassroots Official Award Trophy for her club mentoring & umpire support. Nominate here!
  • The Grassroots Coach Award goes to an individual who has supported the growth of local netball through the development and positive experiences of players and coaches. Alyssa Hadley was our winners for commitment, support and club ethos to the junior members she coaches.
    Nominate here!
  • Do you know a netball club who has made an outstanding contribution within their community, and particularly made an impact in 2019?
    *Clubs must hold a current CAPS award* Bodmin Netball Club won the award for their work in the community allowing the club to grow and thrive providing more opportunities. Nominate here!
  • The Young Volunteer award recognises an inspirational young volunteer (under 25) who has provided an outstanding contribution to netball and has made an impact so far this season. Last year’s winner was Issy Farrell for her can do attitude in engaging teenagers in positive, mental health & well-being workshops around the region. Nominate here!
  • Do you know someone who has provided an outstanding contribution to netball delivery through administration, coaching or officiating at the grassroots level for a minimum of 10 years? Jacqui Berry was the national winner of the Muriel McNally Award at the 2019 ceremony for her dedication to Bournemouth Netball Club, offering support to coaches and umpires & providing equal opportunity.
    Nominate here!

Does your volunteer come across numerous categories, there are also national award which you can nominate a special individuals for, read about them here – https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/get-involved/volunteers/celebrating-with-volunteers/2020-vitality-goalden-globe-netball-volunteer-awards/

Make sure you get your nominations in by the 1st MARCH 2020!

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#wedNEWSday – Team White are progressing fast!

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

Over the last couple of weeks we have seen new additions to the Team White family around the region.

Fran has become the latest Dorset umpire to gain her B Award qualification.She said:  ‘After completing the B award course with Tutor Karen Jones I headed tentatively out into the world of NSW regional netball, starting with my local North Dorset Regional U16 team. Assisted by local A and B award umpires, I realised that my next progression would be to be assessed to umpire Regional 1 U14/16. This meant travelling to Paignton where I met the wonderful Debbie Ashworth, A award assessor, tutor, mentor and all around superwoman. With her mentoring support (no matter when texts were exchanged) she helped me gain the confidence to start umpiring Senior Regional 3 progressing on to Regional 2. I sat the written A/B assessment in May 2019 and took my Practical Pre assessment in November 2019. After superb feedback and more Regional 3 and 2 umpiring practice, my B Practical assessment was last weekend and I passed! The journey continues….’

Further north of the region in Gloucestershire, Amber Meredith-Wilks has passed her C award and is hoping to be identified as a talented umpire in the near future. Her mum said ‘She has just started taking up a place with Severn Stars Wycliffe Nova programme as a developing umpire and going forward receiving mentoring by Barbara Warburton. Hopefully this will mean that she continues going from strength to strength. So far, I know that she has been invited to umpire at the Supernova tournament in May, which will be a great experience. At the All Nations Amber was lucky enough to meet and chat with Kate Stephenson and Gary Burgess which she was extremely happy about. I can’t wait to see how far she can go.’

Congratulations to both Fran and Amber as they continue through their umpiring journey, we can’t wait see you progress. To all budding umpires out there, keep up the great work in joining the Team White family.

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#wedNEWSday – University Netball is on the rise

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The Arts University of Bournemouth Social Netball squad are enjoying a season of great Netball.

Everyone is welcome to join in the weekly sessions and have fun learning new skills and match play.

For those who also want some competition, the girls play in the HE/FE League held at Sir David English Sports Centre and have had some good wins.

Participation has increased this season and all are looking forward to continuing for the rest of the season.   Their coach, Linda Cutler, says “the girls are a pleasure to coach and they readily include players of all standards and demonstrate Netball can be fun as well as competitive”.

Well done everyone and we all wish Captain Katie a speedy recovery from a fractured ankle.

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)