Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.
This week’s wedNEWSday sees us catching up with Cornwall Netball Development Officer, Fern, to take a closer look at the club and league happenings during this all important rebuild phase.
Apart from a few pockets of club training activity, almost all of the usual activity that would be taking place throughout the county was placed on pause till the summer of 2021. Volunteers on the Cornwall Netball Management Board worked hard to create a suite of activities to both support and welcome players, coaches and officials return to court. Things have moved along at a fair pace since the virtual coach CPD workshops that took place in the Spring. Subsidising Netball Now sessions throughout the summer months, contributed to almost 100 players getting together for some informal gameplay and provided umpires with a familiar and relaxed environment in which to dust off their whistles.
Both the Senior and Junior League Secretaries collaborated in some out of the box thinking and new competitions were created for clubs to get involved in, whilst restrictions allowed. 21 teams participated in the leagues, which provided gameplay for U12, U14, U16 and those eligible to play in the Senior League. Many more umpires utilised these opportunities as a return to court steppingstone too.
Fern wished to extend “a huge thank you to all involved in the work behind the scenes. All of the volunteers worked incredibly hard and it was wonderful to see it all come together and to see so many enjoying returning to court. I have no doubt that this was hugely appreciated by everyone taking part and provided the best platform for the transition to the 21-22 season”.
Fast forward to December 2021 and all of the county’s leagues have returned, fixtures are flowing and the wonderful team behind the league administration have been busy transferring the league management to the system within ENgage. A lot to get to grips with and as with any new system, not without its teething problems, but with persistence and patience it’s getting there.
Things are looking promising for the remainder of 21-22. The resumption of the Winter leagues has seen 90% of clubs return across the county, with new teams featuring at both Junior and Senior level. As we approach the mid-way point, what could be a more fitting end to 2021 than a Junior Christmas Festival! 7 teams from 5 clubs entered the U12 festival, providing many excitable Juniors with their very first taste of Junior Club competition. The players enjoyed playing friendly matches, wearing Santa hats and raising money for Cornwall Hospice Care. The smiles on the players faces say it all and speak for the whole Cornwall Netball family – pleased to be back!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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).