On Sunday, 18th September, the Wiltshire round for the U14 and U16 regional league will be played (11.30 till 3pm) at Dorcan Dome, Swindon.
Two teams from each age group will go forward to Regional.
Walking Netball is a ‘slowed down’ version of netball, allowing players of all ages and abilities to play netball on a level playing field. By reducing the speed and taking out jumping, the game becomes much more accessible to those who are less active, injured or have previously been unable to take part due to ongoing illness. – with less impact/stress on the joints, Walking Netball leaves plenty more time for lots of laughter and fun. The sessions in Swindon have helped to engage over 50 women in the sport, many of whom haven’t played netball in over 40 years, who come from all walks of life and who’s ages range from 30 – 80yrs+. The game is proving a real ‘life changer’ and participants are not only seeing an improvement in their general fitness, but also with specific physical ailments and mental health too.
On Saturday 7th May the first ever Squires Junior Netball Tournament was held.
The tournament is named after Raychem Netball Club Chair Mo Squires. The first Adult Squires Tournament was held 4 years ago to raise money for Prospect Hospice, a favourite charity of Mo’s parents.
Two years ago the tournament was used to raise funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital. This year the idea was to hold two tournaments, Junior and Adult, to raise funds for MS UK and the Swindon MS Therapy Centre.
Both of these charities are close to members of Raychem Netball Club as two have been living with the illness and others have experience of family members using the Therapy Centre for various treatments.
In glorious sunshine 32 Junior teams converged at Dorcan Netball Centre for a wonderful day of Netball. There were 8 U12 teams, 8 U16 teams and 16 U14 teams. As well as local teams we had participants from Oxon, Glos, Dorset and other parts of Wiltshire.
The aim of the day was to celebrate Junior Netball and make sure the participants had lots of fun whilst raising as much money as possible for these 2 charities.
The standard of Netball played in all age groups was fantastic to see and all teams were a credit to their coaches. The U12 Winners were Lawn with Pinehurst Runners Up. This was replicated in the U16 section.
The U14 had a plate and cup competition. The final of the cup competition saw some outstanding netball from Poole Emeralds and Oxford Team Matrix. Poole Emeralds took an early lead only for Matrix to come from behind to take the win 9-6. The Plate competition saw Hucclecote Firebirds and Cirencester Phoenix battle it out with Hucclecote sealing the win.
In the afternoon local sporting celebrity Kelly Morgan came to watch and present the trophies. Kelly herself a former Raychem Netball player was able to talk to the girls about her sporting life from England Netballer to Commonwealth Javelin medalist and now Professional Boxer.
We would like to thank the following companies for providing sponsorship Virtua UK Ltd, C & D Recruitment, J & E Consultancy and Wilson Tool Ltd.
With the support of these companies and a hardworking volunteer army we raised £1,891 and are very hopeful that this figure will be increased by partial matched funding from Zurich Financial Services.
We are looking to match or better this amount at the Adult tournament on 11th June.
If you are interested in entering a team please contact Nora Fletcher firstname.lastname@example.org for an entry form.
Net 10 for life is England Netball's initiative, demonstrating our commitment to England Netball’s charity partnership with Cancer Research UK, and this year it was even bigger and better than before. Fundraising included bake sales, swapping normal trainer laces for pink laces to show your support on court and parent vs. daughter netball games – anything goes!
Every netball family in the region was invited to take part in this exciting fundraising initiative to help raise thousands of pounds for this incredible charity.
Special mention must go to The Exeter & District Netball League, Crossbow NC and The Exeter & District Junior Netball League who raised the most money in the region, respectively. They all received some goodies courtesy of Netball South West to thank them for their great efforts.
If you raised some money and are yet to pledge, our just giving page is still live: https://www.justgiving.com/netballsouthwest
Wiltshire Netball was again well represented at the Superleague and NPL (National Performance League) fixtures held at Bath University on Friday 12th February 2016.
During the NPL game Lisa Kellett was one of the umpires, with Claire Daly as the reserve umpire whilst Pat Salter acted as one of the timekeepers.
During the Superleague game between Team Bath and Manchester Thunder, young players from Devizes Netball Club acted as ball girls whilst Pat Salter was one of the scorers and Claire Daly continued her training as a Technical Official (previously known as match bench officials.)
Keep up the good work ‘Team White’.
Congratulations to Jack Reed (Raychem) who has recently passed the B award written assessment with a mark that will also allow him to progress to the A award.
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Huge congratulations to Barry Boyd who has recently gained the umpiring A award. This takes a great amount of skill and determination and he is now one of only 2 umpires within Wiltshire to hold the award.
Also Thanks to all those who have helped his umpiring development along the way.
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Congratulations to Dan Racey (Downton Diamonds) and Jenny Hawker (Blue Jays) who have recently gained the beginners umpiring award and Tara Ricks (Nationwide) and Beth Pearce (Calne ) who have recently gained the ‘C’ umpiring award.
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Congratulations to Emily McBride and Jo Souch (both Abbeymeads) on gaining the C award for umpiring.
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Congratulations to Miriam Sawyer (Calne NC) who has recently gained the ‘C’ umpiring award and Kate Dawson (Lawn NC) and Adele Skinner (Ferndale NC) who have recently gained the ‘beginners’ umpiring award