Goalden Globes 2017…NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!!

It’s Goalden Globes time!!

England netball are pleased to announce the nominations for the 2017 Goalden Globe awards are now OPEN!!

Do you have a volunteer that you wish to thank?

Can you think of someone who deserves to be recognised for the outstanding contribution they have made to making netball happen?

Make sure you complete a nomination form so all the hard work and achievements of our fantastic volunteers can be recognised and rewarded!

Regional Goalden Globe Awards

**The deadline for this year’s nominations is 1st May 2017**

Each region will chose a regional winner for each of the below 8 categories.

The regional winners will be announced at the South West Regional Goalden Globes which will be held on Sunday 18th June 2017make sure you save the date NOW!

Each regional winner will then be put forward for the National Award, which will be announced at the National Goalden Globe Awards in September 2017. Last year we had a huge 5 National Winners and would love to replicate that success again in 2017!

Goalden Globe Award Categories

Before nominating please refer to the Goalden Globes 2017 Nomination Information Pack. It is filled with lots of useful hints and tips in regards to completing the correct nomination form.

Specific nomination forms should be completed for each award category and emailed to Sam Kemp at southwest@englandnetball.co.uk.

The categories are:

National Awards

Nominations are also open for 2 National Awards that will be presented at the National Goalden Globes in September.

The Rose Award and National Long Service Award are not presented at a Regional level; all nominations should be made using the specific nomination forms above for each award and returned directly to: volunteering@englandnetball.co.uk Or via Post: England Netball, C/O Goalden Globes, Netball House, 1-12 Old Park Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2JR.

Closing date for all nominations is 1st May 2017 so don’t delay – nominate today!!

wedNEWSday: How I overcame my allergy to sport

Have you missed us?!

Unfortunately due to some major IT issues we, along with the whole of England Netball, have been unable to access our work emails, folders or the internet (for some parts) over the last couple of weeks. This means that we have missed 2 wedNEWSday’s but hopefully we will make it up with a great story this week! We do apologise for not posting anything and not replying to any emails that you may have sent. If you are still waiting for a reply to an email from any of the team please just resend it to us as we may never have actually received it!

This week’s good news story is about how Walking Netball has changed one person’s perception on sport as a whole! Each wedNEWSday we will bring you a great netball story from across the whole of the South West so make sure you check back each week for your netballing good news fix!

 How I overcame my allergy to sport

“Until recently I had a total aversion to sport, both playing and watching it. Memories of numb fingers and freezing bare legs on the school hockey pitch, added to the shame of always being last to be picked for netball, put me off it for life. Once I left school I never felt the urge to participate in sport again and, at the age of 53, I didn’t imagine that l ever would. All that changed recently when I discovered Walking Netball. I was persuaded into giving it a go by some friends but thought I would hate it as much as I did at school but now I’m an addict and try never to miss a session.

You don’t need to know anything about netball before you attend, all levels of fitness and expertise are catered for, and all ages and sizes are welcomed (I write as someone who is definitely built for comfort, not for speed!). The age range of the group so far ranges from 20s to 70s with a collective objective to get a bit fitter and have some fun. It’s also very sociable and you’re welcome to stick around for a cup of tea or coffee afterwards. First session is free and then it costs £3.50 per session. It takes place at 5pm on Tuesday evening at Crewkerne Sports Centre (Wadham School) and a Wednesday night session is planned for Chard starting at 6pm (start date to be confirmed). So any ladies out there looking for a new way to get fit or meet new people, why not give it a go – you might surprise yourselves!”

A huge thank you to Charlotte Revely, who kindly shared her story of how Walking Netball has changed her views on netball and sport. If you would like to attend either of the sessions mentioned above, or across Somerset, and start feeling the benefits of Walking Netball alongside Charlotte please contact Amy Wiltshire, Somerset Netball Development Officer (amy.wiltshire@englandnetball.co.uk), for more information.

If you have a good news story that you would like to share as part of wedNEWSday send your story and a picture to Rachel Bussey (rachel.bussey@englandnetball.co.uk)

NSW U12 Regional Tournament 2017

The 4 court indoor netball venue at Paignton Academy saw Netball South West host their first U12 Regional Competition on Sunday 19th March.

14 teams played in a friendly but competitive environment.

Final section stages saw Teignbridge Titans (Devon) and Wimborne NC (Dorset) as section winners then Saints (Cornwall) and Poole Gems (Dorset) as runners up.

Then followed some exciting playoffs – Poole Gems beat other local Dorset team 16-9 to win semi 1 and local Devon team Teignbridge Titans beat Cornwall Saints 10-5 in semi 2

A nail biting final resulted in extra time and then goalden goal seeing Dorset Poole Gems just nudge ahead 11-10 against Devon Teignbridge Titans

Final Positions

1st = Poole Gems (Dorset)

2nd = Teignbridge Titans (East Devon)

= 3rd Wimbourne NC (Dorset) + Saints (Cornwall)

= 5th Plymouth Pilgrims ( West Devon)+  Huccelcote (Glou)

= 7th Exmouth (EastDevon) + Kingsbridge ( West Devon)

= 9th Sidmouth Netball Club (East Devon) + Exeter Netball Club (EastDevon)

=11th Dart Netball Club (EastDevon) + Devizes Netball Club (Wiltshire)

=13th Honiton Netball Club (East Devon) +  West Exe (East Devon)

wedNEWSday: Bournemouth U14s are unstoppable!

wedNEWSday is here! Make sure you check out the website and social media each week to get more great stories just like this one about Bournemouth U14s who keep going from strength to strength. If you have any good news stories about netball from across the South West make sure you send them to us (with a picture) at the details below!

Bournemouth U14s are unstoppable!

Bournemouth under 14s are celebrating a series of excellent results in their first season in the Open Senior Bournemouth Netball League. They have come top of division 11 and runners up in the American and Versatility Tournaments.  They are looking forward to receiving their awards at the upcoming BNA Presentation Evening.

Well done to all the players and their coaches Jackie Berry and Linda Cutler. The girls have been playing together since under 9 High Fives and are looking forward to the new summer season ahead and promotion.

Players: Holly Jones, Louise Galloway, Maria Thompson, Eva Pears, Abigail Scott, Rhianna Sainval Freya Cutler, Lucy Whiting.

The girls are also giving back to netball by coaching the younger players at the club and umpiring at their school H5 tournaments.

Well done to all and good luck for the new season 🙂

If you have a good news story that you would like to share as part of wedNEWSday send your story and a picture to Rachel Bussey (rachel.bussey@englandnetball.co.uk)

wedNEWSday: Devon based Irene Mellor is a self confessed Netball Nutter!

After all the events of late, this weeks wedNEWSday takes a look at the story of a player, coach, volunteer and above all a netball nutter. Make sure you keep checking our website and social media every wedNEWSday for more good news stories from across the South West and if you have a story you would like to share then send it into us using the details below.

Devon based Irene Mellor is a self confessed Netball Nutter! 

Irene Mellor has played netball since school.  She moved to Devon in 1994 and joined Kingsbridge NC a year later as one of the founder members.  The club quickly decided to join the PDNL League to get some match play experience and after numerous successful seasons, they reached Premier B.  By that time, Irene had qualified as a level 2 coach and, in addition to playing, coached both Stokenham Primary School and Kingsbridge Community College.

Irene stopped playing for a while due to work commitments but after a job change in 2012 and England Netball launching their flagship product Back to Netball, she just knew she had to get involved. …And that’s where Quayside B2N club started!  Four years on, it’s still going strong with an age range of 16 to 58 and three well attended socials a year.  Quayside B2N train every Tuesday and enter on average two Back to Netball tournaments a year – the last two tournaments they’ve had to take two teams!  

Coaching aside, Back to Netball has been fantastic for Irene personally.  At the age of 54 she never thought she would play again. When she first went back Irene was very wary as she had gained weight and had to strap both ankles but after a few sessions her confidence was back. Quayside NC are a fantastic bunch of ladies to not only coach but to play with too, and laughs are always plentiful.  They give each other inspiration and confidence whilst having a lot of fun along the way.  Recently they have sourced some funding from England Netball for some balls and bibs, plus gained sponsorship from Toad Hall Cottages.

Thank you to Irene for all she has given to netball over the years.

If you have a good news story that you would like to share as part of wedNEWSday send your story and a picture to Rachel Bussey (rachel.bussey@englandnetball.co.uk)

wedNEWSday: Swindon Netball Marathon FUN-draiser!

It’s wedNEWSday! This week’s good news story comes from Swindon where they have been raising a great amount of money during a netball marathon.  For more good news stories like the below make sure you check out our page every wedNEWSday for more great updates from across the South West.

Netball Marathon FUN-draiser!

A 12 hour Netball Marathon was held at the Dorcan Dome, Swindon to raise money for the local Prospect Hospice.

The 12 hours were made up of a variety of netball activities including a Walking Netball Festival, Junior League matches, a Mixed Netball Tournament and a Fastnet Tournament. Money was also raised from a raffle, a tombola and from the sale of refreshments!

Everyone had a great time during the day, especially ‘Claire’s Bears’ (pictured below) who played in memory of Claire Bassett who sadly died of cancer last year!

The total amount raised for the local Prospect Hospice was a huge £3,071! Well done to everyone that organised the event, those that took part and those that donated – a great amount of money raised for a brilliant cause.

If you have a good news story that you would like to share as part of wedNEWSday send your story and a picture to Rachel Bussey (rachel.bussey@englandnetball.co.uk)

wedNEWSday: Regional Back to Netball Festival Success

It’s that time of the week again – wedNEWSday! Our news this weekend came from our second regional Back 2 Netball Festival this year. Make sure you check back each week for a new and exciting story from the South West Netball world. 

Regional Back to Netball Festival Success

Paignton Academy hosted the Netball South West Regional Back to Netball Festival (South) on 5th February 2017.

14 teams from across Devon and Cornwall whom have recently returned to, or taken up, netball competed for the title of NSW Back to Netball Champions (South) 2017.

All teams provided raffle prizes and a draw for Cancer Research UK was held raising £124.

It was a tough competition with teams split into two pools – at the end of the rounds both pool placings had to be decided on goal difference! Heading into the semi-finals were Haytor Hearts and Dart Vortex from pool A, and Quayside 1 and Alphanets from pool B. Quayside 1 got the better of Dart Vortex by one goal in semi-final one and  Haytor Hearts had a convincing 10-3 win over Alphanets to take them into the final. The overall winners were Haytor Hearts, with Quayside 1 taking second place.

If you are interested in getting Back to Netball please contact Devon Netball Development Officer, Jenny Kelly, on devon@englandnetball.co.uk

If you have a good news story that you would like to share as part of wedNEWSday send your story and a picture to Rachel Bussey (rachel.bussey@englandnetball.co.uk)

wedNEWSday: Poole’s U14s are off to a solid start

#wedNEWSday! Each week we bring you a netballing good news story from across the South West. Make sure you check us every wedNEWSday for another great story or if you have some news you would like to share get in touch with us using the information below!

Poole’s U14s are off to a solid start

Poole Netball Club U14 squad have had a strong start in division one of the Netball South West League.  Coach Hayley Peyman is delighted with their start but recognises that they still have a lot of work to do if they are to meet the aims that the team have set themselves for 2017.

The girls started playing together as juniors around the age of 10 and have progressed as a team to now sit in the top spot, unbeaten in the NSW U14 league.  All players understand that the concept of teamwork and this has been the key to all that they have achieved; it is not to do with the individual, it is about the whole team at Poole.

All of the players are committed to the competition, they have known from a young age that the Regional League, followed latterly by the Nationals, is the most prestigious Championship and the girls take their lead from their Coach, who has always been very passionate about the competition.

Ultimately, it is an amazing achievement to get to Nationals but the girls know only too well that they still have several challenges standing in their way, with two more fixture dates and a play-off final.  Everyone at Poole is behind them, hoping they take it all the way – good luck girls!

Poole 1If you have a good news story that you would like to share as part of wedNEWSday send your story and a picture to Rachel Bussey (rachel.bussey@englandnetball.co.uk)

SW Regional Schools 2017 results

Schools from across the South West came together at Marlborough College on Saturday 28th January to compete in the Regional Schools finals 2017. Over 30 school teams played in U19, U16 and U14 competitions, the top 2 teams from each age group will go on to represent the South West at the National Schools finals to be held at Welwyn Garden Cilty on the 18th March.


Winners: Millfield

Runners Up: Truro College


Winners: Millfield

Runners Up: Kind Edward’s Bath


Winners: Canford

Runners Up: Maynard

A full list of results for each age group can be found below. Congratulations to the winners, runners up and the all schools that took part in the competition. Netball South West would like to wish each of the team good luck when they go on to compete at the National Schools event!

U19 results 2017

U16 Results 2017

U14 Results 2017

wedNEWSday: Regional B2N (North) Champions

It’s that time of the week again – wedNEWSday – where we bring you a netballing good news story from across the South West. This week we are celebrating the success of our recent Back to Netball festival. Make sure you come back next wedNEWSday for another great story!

Regional Back to Netball (North) Champions – Black & Blue

 On Sunday, six Back to Netball teams from Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Avon came together for the Regional Back to Netball (North) Festival. It was held at Bentham Country Club (Gloucester) with an all-play-all structure. The top four performing teams then progressed through to the Final and 3rd vs. 4th play off.

The final results were as follows:

1st – Black & Blue (as seen in photo)

2nd – Malmesbury

3rd – Chippenham Vixens

4th – St Barnabas

Joint 5th – Mira Masters and Chippenham Vipers

Well done to all who took part, especially Black & Blue from Avon. In addition, we raised £105 for England Netball’s partner charity, Cancer Research UK.

20170122_143044If you have a good news story that you would like to share as part of wedNEWSday send your story and a picture to Rachel Bussey (rachel.bussey@englandnetball.co.uk)