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2019 Vitality Goalden Globe Awards nominations are now OPEN
The Goalden Globe Awards are a great way of recognising all the hard work our netball volunteers do week in week out for our sport.
If you know someone in your club, league or even within the county or region who you think works tirelessly to make netball happen, then this is your chance to tell us about them and make sure they are nominated and recognised for everything they do.
There are a number of award categories and you can find out more about each category (inc. relative criteria) and the nomination forms by visiting the England Netball website here.
Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a South West Awards event on the evening of Friday 26th April 2019 in Somerset, with the winners then being invited to the national England Netball Vitality Goalden Globe Awards on Sunday 14th July 2019 in Liverpool.
Please note the deadline for nominations is Wednesday 13th March 2019, so if you know of someone who deserves a nomination, don’t delay, get your nomination in now!
100,000th Back to Netballer joins the programme in Avon
A whopping 100,000 women across the country are playing Back to Netball; our flagship participation programme, which first launched 10 years ago to encourage people of all ages to play the sport recreationally.
30-year-old Alexandra Challis from Bristol, was the 100,000th person to sign up to the programme.
To celebrate the growth and success of Back to Netball, we surprised the 100,000th person by turning up to her session with an array of prizes, including a trip to London to enjoy the final game of the three-match Vitality Netball International Series between the Vitality Roses and Uganda.
After being surprised, Alexandra, who is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor, said: “I was not expecting that at all! It’s amazing, I never win anything so it was a very nice surprise – I’m very excited about it all.
“I moved to Bristol about five weeks ago from Essex and I wanted to meet some new people, so I thought I’d give Back to Netball a go. I’m so glad I did. It’s brilliant, everyone’s been so welcoming and I can’t recommend it enough.”
Alexandra will also appear on the front cover of the England Netball winter magazine alongside the first ever Back to Netball participant.
Since the first Back to Netball session began in the East of England, interest in the programme has grown significantly, with more than 200 sessions now taking place each week across the whole country.
Fran Connolly, Director of Development at England Netball, said: “We are so pleased to reveal that Alexandra is our 100,000th Back to Netballer. This is a huge milestone for the sport and a fantastic achievement. This incredible programme has led to a significant growth in participation in netball, but in addition it has helped thousands of women improve their physical, social and mental wellbeing.
“Hearing that women, like Alexandra, are benefitting from our programme, which first began back in 2008, makes me incredibly proud of Back to Netball and all that it has achieved.
“The welcoming and fun environment that women experience upon arrival at a session is all down to the specially trained coaches that run them, thank you to them and all the women that continue to take part, as well as Sport England for investing in this programme over the last 10 years. Here’s to the next 100,000!”
Bristol Sport's new community-based netball sessions academy offer
We are aware that many schools, clubs, players and parents have been approached with details of Bristol Sport’s new community based netball sessions and academy offer.
It is important to clarify that the ‘academy’ sessions and trials currently being circulated are not part of the England Netball talent pathway. Details of the England Netball talent pathway can be found on our website: www.englandnetball.co.uk/the-england-pathway/
Currently, Avon Netball Association are responsible for delivering both the County and Satellite Academies in this area (U13-U15) with Team Bath and Severn Stars sharing responsibility for the next steps on the pathway.
If you have any questions relating to the performance pathway in this area, please contact the Avon Netball Performance Lead, Frankie Nutt, at email@example.com.
Newbridge Ninjas win Avon's inaugural Fair Play Award
Avon Netball’s 2017/18 season was brought to a conclusion for the local divisions at their AGM last month, when the awards for nominated players, runners up and winners within each division were presented to the successful teams and players. A new addition to this year’s list of trophies was the Fair Play Award in memory of Kim Sullivan, who played for Crossbow Netball Club for many years and sadly passed away earlier in the season.
Kim was known and loved throughout the Avon and South West Regional netball community during her time both on and off the court.
Representing Avon at both junior and senior levels, many will remember Kim as a friendly and bubbly centre court player who played the majority of her netball within the first team, competing in the Avon League before being invited to play in the South West Regional League.
Kim put her heart and soul into Crossbow who were her ‘netball family’, and fulfilled many roles over the years such as Junior Coach, Chairperson and President. She continued to support the club when she could no longer step out onto the court, and was well respected for her words of wisdom, calming nature and warm welcoming personality.
The deserving recipients of this new accolade were Newbridge Ninjas, who finished second in Divison Ten and have therefore gained promotion to Division Nine. They have been praised for their helpfulness, sportsmanship and ability and willingness to support others.
Newbridge have been extremely supportive of new players joining their club throughout the season, including running their training sessions jointly as a Back 2 Netball (B2N) session, England Netball’s country-wide initiative to get women back into playing the sport.
The efforts of Newbridge Ninjas in terms of their attitude towards fair play deserves to be recognised and made them worthy winners of the inaugural Fair Play Award.
Crossbow will be hosting a charity netball tournament in Kim’s honour on Saturday 16th June at Ashton Park School. For more information, please email Jen Luffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fleur Thompson and Vicky Webb accepted the award from Kim's husband, Marc, on behalf of Newbridge Ninjas.
Avon-based netballer listed on Bristol Active City's Exceptional Contribution List
A huge well done to Sue Anderson from Airborne who has been listed on Bristol Active City's Exception Contribution List. Click here to see the full article on Netball South West's website.
Promotion for TJ Saracens!
Many congratulations to TJ Saracens who have been promoted to South West Regional League 3 North following the play-offs at UWE on 20 May. We wish them every success in the coming season.