Last Week the South West Regional Goalden Globe Award took place to celebrate all of the volunteers in netball. This year’s awards did not disappoint and the winners from 8 catergories received their honors on the first Friday evening event the South West had run. The Awards took place at the Mount Somerset Hotel, Taunton on Friday 26th April in front of 70 people, including Team Bath Players, the NSW President Denise May & EN President, Lindsay Sartori. Read more about the winners below:

Grassroots Coach Award: Alyssa Hadley

Alyssa dedication and knowledge of coaching has allowed her to become an integral part of Bodmin Netball Club, supporting and coaching all of the juniors providing coached session every week. Alyssa gives her time unconditionally to the club which has given so many opportunities to young girls.

Nominees:          Sian Robbins, Sharon Steward & Chantelle Cox

Grassroots Officials Award: Hazel Nicholls
Hazel gives so much time to umpiring and mentoring with club and county and her feedback is always useful. Her ability to motivate and to inspire individuals has seen more girls picking up a whistle and her husband to become her own personal scorer.  Her commitment to her development has continued with her passing her B Award Written in December.

Nominees:          Sarah Lewis

Mary Bulloch Administrator Award: Lin Oldham
Lin volunteers her time regularly updating the South West official’s database which allows umpires the opportunity to develop themselves. Lin supports the regional leagues by ensuring umpiring commitments are sent out, supporting private schools, the armed forces, universities and the super league franchises. The support and admin that she provides the region is highly valued even when she is all the way in Spain.

Nominees:          Karen Peaty, Mel Reynolds & Angela Prior

Muriel McNally Award: Jacqui Berry
As the founder of Bournemouth Netball Club, Jacqui has administrated the entire club, across the junior and senior sections. She can be found mentoring and supporting players doing their Duke of Edinburgh, coaching and umpiring qualifications. Jackie has adapted the already busy training sessions to include as many girls as possible so they can keep playing and develop love for the sport.

Nominees:          Linda Dyer

Teacher Award: Hayley McCalister
Hayley is a fantastic role model and an inspirational coach that gives up so much of her time to help and motivate a huge number of pupils play and enjoy netball. She is a superb netball coach and her teams are always well drilled and tactically astute. She has had a positive influence on girls and boys wanting to join in with the extra-curricular activities and ensuring that her own school students have the opportunities to take part in netball, fixtures, tournaments, and leadership opportunities.

Nominees:          Tina Delaney & Charlotte Haigh

Outstanding Netball Club: Bodmin Netball Club
Bodmin Netball club are a flourishing netball family who aspire for our members to enjoy netball and provide them with lots of opportunities.  We are highly active on social media promoting our club and raising the profile of netball. The community work sees the club support Bodmin Lions and Bodmin Rotary with community projects and host mixed netball tournaments to support other local charities. The dedicated team of volunteers generously give their time and energy into making the club so great.

Nominees:          Galmington Netball Club & Titans Netball Club

Unsung Hero Award: Christine Laker
Christine has been responsible for the growth of the Plymouth Junior League from 11 teams to 49 in recent years. Her administration and organisation have helped the League to run smoothly and provide opportunities for the young players in our City to access competitive netball on a regular basis. Christine consistently attends all and every junior events including tournaments, festivals and fixtures and gains little recognition for all the time she gives.

Nominees:          Nicky Curtis, Rhonda Robins, Vicki Wood, Helen Brunt, Madelaine Doyle

Young Volunteer Award: Isobel Farrel
Issy’s confidence for a young volunteer is outstanding, she had the confidence and presence of mind to step onto the regional management board comprising of older adults and has made a great contribution by ensuring the voice of young girls in the region is heard. Her connections and ability to organise an event saw the first Positive Mental Wellbeing workshop for  75 14 to 16 year olds which has been highly praised by all who attended.

Nominees:          Lois Norman, Lauren Knight, Libby Hill

Heather Crouch Award: Christine Laker


Netball South West would like to say a big thank you to Claire Carter from BBC Radio Somerset for hosting our event wonderfully, to The Mount Somerset Hotel for providing an excellent venue and also to Will Dax for taking the photos on the day. Finally, we would like to say congratulations to all of the winners and nominees and we wish all the winners the best of luck when they go forward to the National Goalden Globe Awards.