The last wedNEWSday story of 2016 comes from the Plymouth University Netball Officer who explains her successes during her first term in the role. Check us out throughout 2017 where we will be bringing your a good news story each week from across the South West!

Elanor James from Plymouth University comments on the success of her first term as an UNO

As Plymouth’s first University Netball Officer (UNO) I wasn’t sure what to expect, but after a wonderful two days training in Birmingham with England Netball and the other UNOs in September, I quickly became exited to start the role and put into practice the ideas that I had.

We have had a busy term with an increase of 81 people attending the ‘give it a go’ sessions from last year, and 12 society teams entering into the mixed Intramural League (played on a Monday and a Thursday). As well as pay and play sessions, we also had a professional coach attend to work on basics and confidence.

Each week I see an improvement in all the teams’ game play and although the Intramural is a social league, it definitely brings out everyone’s competitive side! It’s great to see both men and women playing together as netball is a sport that brings out everyone’s enjoyment. It’s prompted more people to join our University Netball Club, as well as encouraged more people to join clubs and enter mixed leagues and tournaments in their home towns. This increase of interest and passion in netball is extremely positive to see and hopefully everyone will continue to play both at university and at home.

I have had a fabulous time this term organising the sessions and can’t wait for next term to carry on with the league and start to advertise the mixed charity netball tournament which is at the beginning of February. Recently, a few of us have participated in an officiating course and so are exited to continue to practice our umpiring.

This role has brought me more confidence and an even bigger love for netball than before – I couldn’t have done it without the help of my friends who have been umpiring and running the league with me. The support off the sports staff members and those at England Netball has also been fantastic and this term could not have run this smoothly without them.

Plymouth UNO

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