The South West Regional Goalden Globe Awards 2017 were held at Somerset County Cricket Club on Sunday 18th June to celebrate the hard work and contribution of coaches, umpires, administrators and all other volunteers across the region. We were also lucky enough to enjoy two key note speeches from Jess Thirlby (Team Bath Director of Netball) and Anita Navin (Severn Stars Director of Netball). Over 100 people came to celebrate and reward the hard work and dedication of our wonderful volunteers across the region and 9on top of this we raised a very impressive £207 for the Carly Taylor trust.

Please see the results and nominees for each award below:

Grassroots Coach Award

Winner: Frankie Nutt 

As the lead of the Avon Coach Education programme Frankie has provided practical coaching sessions and mentoring opportunities to coaches across Avon, as well as organising CPD workshops for them to attend. Frankie is always available to provide cover for coaches across the Avon Netball community and has supported a number of clubs to develop their current members into coaches. As coaching secretary she has been able to fill an incredible 31 coaching vacancies in the area. Frankie has also introduced over 130 new players to netball and is loved by the teams and players that she coaches.

Nominees: Angela Rimmer, Karen Short, Charlotte Haigh, Sally Ruddle, Tessa Hutton


Grassroots Officials Award

Winner: Debbie Ashworth 

Debbie is an A award umpire and considered to be the umpiring guru of Cornwall. She has moved umpiring in Cornwall from not having sufficient umpires for the level of games to a point where there are not enough top level games to support the ever increasing number of talented umpires. Debbie has developed over 50 new umpires and continually goes above and beyond to support umpires across the region. Debbie inspires others to get involved in umpiring and encourages them to develop and improve.

Nominees: Gina Pearce, Karen Kilderry


Mary Bulloch Administrator Award

Winner: Lesley Robbins 

Lesley knows Team Bath Netball Club inside out. She manages the administration for the entire junior section, efficiently manages the club finances and has recently sourced a new website provider. Lesley provides vital support to the committee and since starting her position has assisted in growing the club from 4 to 10 teams. Lesley has built relationships with other local clubs to direct players to as the club is regularly oversubscribed. Lesley is simple an administrative dynamo – without her Team Bath Netball Club could not function.

Nominees: Karen Rawlins


Muriel McNally Award

Winner: Katrina Venner 

Despite a challenging year Katrina has ensured the North Devon League has run smoothly, ensuring everyone was aware of the changes and writing funding bids to help the league return to its original venue. Katrina has supported her club and league with administration and has coached 7 club teams and a regional league squad – all on top of her responsibilities as a teacher. She is enthusiastic about giving everyone a chance to play netball and most recently has fundraised for netball equipment for a school in Kenya.

Nominees: Lorraine Beel, Beryl Darling, Laura Holt, Ann Smith, Paty Colvin, Hazel Hucker, Sally Arthur


Teacher Award

Winner: Clare Allen 

Clare’s love of netball is evident in every event or role she is involved in. She provides countless out of school opportunities for students to take part in netball as players and volunteers. She promotes netball to all of her students, identifying relevant pathways for their progression and encouraging them to represent their school in competitive tournaments – where they are regular finalists. Outside of her role as a teacher, Clare has inspired and encouraged hundreds of children to participate in netball.

Nominees: Katrina Venner


Unsung Hero Award

Winner: Jackie Tresidder 

Jackie has been a coach at Penryn Netball Club for 20 years as well as club chair and secretary. She has been chair of Cornwall Netball and coached the Cornwall netball youth teams as well as supporting a number of local schools. Jackie always promotes the pathway from school to club netball, encouraging girls to join clubs, which has increased participation. For over 40 years Jackie has dedicated her life to ensure the development of netball in Cornwall. She is seen as a mother figure and is a well-respected member of the Cornwall netball community.

Nominees: Jennifer Kelly, Kate Harper, Joan White, Caroline Kellaway, Rosie Hale


Young Volunteer Award

Winner: Lauren Leatherland 

Lauren’s selfless dedication to volunteering is admirable and without her commitment Weymouth Junior Netball Club would not be the same. Despite completing her A-levels her ability and willingness to volunteer has not decreased. Lauren is a coach and umpire as well as a committee member at Weymouth, she assists and mentors juniors and possess skills equivalent to that of an experienced club coach. Lauren is highly respected and despite her age is often looked to by senior members of the cub for advice. Lauren is extremely hard working and is an outstanding role model at Weymouth Junior Netball Club.

Nominees: Amy Tomlin, Chloe Cooper, Claire Tooth, Jodi Sealey, Channon Bruton


Outstanding Club Award

Unfortunately as the nominees are not CAPS accredited they do not meet the award criteria and therefore we do not have a winner in this category.

Nominees: Axe Vale NC, Dart NC


Heather Crouch Award

This award is selected from the winners of the other 8 categories and presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to netball in the South West.

Winner: Debbie Ashworth

National Goalden Globe Nominees

Mo Squires

Nominated for: Inclusion & Diversity Award, Rose Award & Long Service Award

Having volunteered in netball for nearly 40 years Mo has filled nearly every voluntary role within Swindon and Wiltshire. Fondly regarded as the ‘founder’ of Walking Netball, Mo has been a key player in developing the game and has offered feedback to England Netball on how Walking Netball should be delivered and how it impacts participants. Mo is a huge advocate of the game, promoting the benefits through local and national media outlets (including Sky and BBC Radio 4) as well as seeking funding to support more WN Hosts. In addition to this Mo launched Swindon Vixens, an EN Core Inclusion Club, that provides women/girls with learning disabilities an opportunity to play netball regularly. Nothing is impossible for Mo, if there is a need or demand for netball she will go above and beyond to fill it. Mo believes netball is for all regardless of age, ability, experience or background and even if it means it’s not delivered in a ‘traditional format’. Mo is hugely respected by all as someone that unselfishly volunteers numerous hours of her time, actively seeks opportunities in which to recognise and praise others’ contributions and as someone that recognises the additional positive impact netball can have – raising over £12,000 since 2014 through her annual “Squires Tournament”. A true inspiration.


Netball South West would like to say a big thank you to David White from BBC Radio Cornwall for hosting our event wonderfully, to Somerset County Cricket Club for providing an excellent venue and food and also to Will Dax for taking all the photos.

Finally, we would like to say congratulations to all of the winners and nominees and we wish all the winners and Mo the best of luck when they go forward to compete in the National Goalden Globe Awards where they will be against winners from all the Netball Regions across the country.