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

Last week, the first Netball South West Positive Mental Well-Being Workshop was run and organised by the Regional Management Board Youth Representative, Issy Farrel. The event was held at Cheltenham Ladies’ College for 14-16 years olds in the Gloucestershire area with the focus on supporting girls and accepting that ‘it’s ok not to be ok’.


The event was supported by Former Severn Stars player, Becky Oatley, Wendy Sharam and Ella Powell Davies who encouraged and informed the 75+ girls. Becky spoke about her experiences with mental illness throughout her career and how sport has aided her in her recovery. She said ‘it was good to share some laughter, some sadness, some honesty & hopefully a tiny bit of wisdom with netballers’.

Wendy ran a mindfulness session with the girls, looking at coping mechanisms and how different aspects of society can affect the girls lives, such as “who’s affected by body image”, “who’s affected by peer pressure?”.  She built on these with doing deep relaxation with the girls to be able to collect themselves along with a period of relaxation time.


In the sports hall young Severn Stars player Ella lead a teambuilding session with aspects of netball integrated in. The focus was for it to be fun for the girls so that they could work on communication, working as a unit and supporting one another.

The event was highly successful and enjoyed by all. Thank you so much to Issy for organising and to Becky, Wendy and Ella for your support and presentation during the sessions.

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. 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)