Congratulations South West Umpires!

Posted March 30, 2022 by balticdesign

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

Over the past few months England Netballs South West members have been working hard to complete their officiating qualifications. An impressive number of umpires going through their training has resulted in a total of 105 members being awarded one of England Netball’s officiating qualifications since September 2021. We want to give a big shout out and congratulations to each of those members.

The first step on the officiating journey is the Into Officiating Award. This course aims to provide learners with an understanding of the basic rules of the game, as well as covering some of the basic positioning and movement required to enable you to ‘whistle well’ whilst being an umpire. Within the South West 57 members have completed their Into Officiating Award from the following counties.

  • Cornwall: 4
  • Devon West: 1
  • Devon East: 6
  • Somerset: 1
  • Dorset: 4
  • Wiltshire: 11
  • Avon: 15
  • Gloucestershire: 10
  • Jersey: 5

The Next step is the C Award. This award is fantastic for those who are wanting to umpire at a higher level within their counties. Here in the South West we have had 37 members complete their C Award.

  • Cornwall: 3
  • Devon West: 4
  • Devon East: 6
  • Dorset: 2
  • Wiltshire: 10
  • Avon: 5
  • Gloucestershire: 7

Step 3 of the officiating pathway is the B Award. This takes a blended learning approach and equips learners with the knowledge and technique needed to be able to officiate matches at a regional level. The following people have recently been awarded their B Award.

  • Josie Waithe
  • Caroline Cavanagh
  • Katy Joy
  • Samantha Lane
  • Kirstie Worth
  • Ruth Benney
  • Georgina Nelson
  • Tammie Williams
  • Cathy Watts
  • Hannah Symes

Following on from the B Award the Netball Europe A Umpires Award is the most prestigious Award used by England Netball. Successful Umpires will be expected to contribute to the on-going support of England Netballs Premier League competitions whilst maintaining a continual high standard of umpiring.

The award will allow them (by invitation) to umpire at National League level. With that in mind we want to give a special shout out and congratulations to Gina Pearce who passed her A Award, what a fantastic achievement.

Interested in starting your officiating journey? Then click here to find out more.

Fabulous umpiring achievements aside, we currently have two other very exciting events happening across the region. Firstly, there is less than a week to go until the closing date for our two vacant roles (Wiltshire NDO and Somerset NDO maternity cover).

To find out more and apply for these roles click here.

Secondly, nominations for The ONE Awards are open and we need YOUR help to spotlight the amazing people who make netball happen through officiating, coaching, volunteering, delivering in schools, clubs and local leagues, as committee members and so much more.

Formerly known as the Vitality Goalden Globe Awards, The ONE Awards will celebrate the achievements of regional England Netball volunteers, at the South West ONE awards ceremony. This prestigious event is always much anticipated by South West netball members and is an occasion for the netball family to unite for a day of celebration, and we want you to be part of it. Winners of the regional ONE Awards will also be invited to attend The ONE Awards national ceremony and represent the South West.

To find out more and to nominate someone today click here.

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 (

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