Congratulations to our latest volunteer of the moment, Laura Colclough. Laura is a Walking Netball host who goes above and beyond to not only provide amazing Walking Netball sessions in the local community, but also organises tournaments, get-togethers and even trips abroad, all in her own free/spare time! She's so much more than just a host, she's a listening ear, a friend and has created a wonderful netball family in Stafford.
More recently Laura also dealt with a serious incident, and was so calm and professional throughout. As well as all the above, Laura also supports the Stafford Netball League in various roles and is an all-round local superstar volunteer.
On Thursday 13th December walking netballers were invited to Stafford Leisure Centre for a fun and festive Christmas walking netball festival ran by host Laura and Active Communities Stafford. 5 teams took part in the festival, which included mince pies (afterwards) and a Christmas pudding each! Everyone played brilliantly and there were some fantastic Christmas outfits on show.
The fight for the top position was very close with the win awarded to Freedom Stafford, beating the Fun Walkers by just 2 goals.
1st place: Freedom Stafford
2nd place: The Fun Walkers (Burton)
3rd place: Newcastle under Lyme
4th place: Lichfield Spires
5th place: Telford
Player of the tournament went to Sue from Lichfield Spires
There was also a raffle which raised a whopping £175 for Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity. Well done all and especially to Laura and Active Communities!
A huge congratulations to our Staffordshire County Chair Par Arnott for being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Everybody Awards 2018 as founder and head coach of Alsager Netball Club. Pat is a well-known netball volunteer who has supported the county for many years. Well deserved, congrats Pat
Lichfield Spires Netball club first formed off the back of a session aiming to get women back into the game; Back to Netball. Fast forward almost 5 years and the now affiliated club offer netball across the Lichfield district to all ages.
The club has seen particular growth this year launching its new junior section, which has grown every week since starting. The first sessions ran in March and since then the club has welcomed over 100 girls aged from 7-15 years old. The club also held its first junior tournament and in September entered the Staffordshire County Junior League for the 2018/19 season.
Earlier in the year the club also started hosting England Netball’s newest form of the game; Walking Netball, in association with Lichfield District Council. This session has hugely benefited the local community, and the group even won their first trophy at the county Walking Netball festival in September. The Walking Netballers have also joined the club in volunteering roles and can be seen wearing the Spires club kit!
On Monday 3rd September 2018 seven teams from around the county came together at Stafford Manor High School for the counties very first Walking Netball festival.
The festival teams came from Newcastle under Lyme, Hednesford, Walsall, Lichfield, Burton upon Trent and Stafford. There was varying levels of experience with some sessions having played together for 2 years and others for as little as 7 weeks, but that didn’t stop anyone from having a great time.
The festival was played in a round robin format meaning all teams played each other once. Throughout the day the comradery between teams was wonderful to see, with some definitely taking the competition seriously! After lunch the points between the top 3 were very close and we knew the final result was going to come down to goal difference.
The final results were:
1st place – Lichfield Spires
2nd place – Stafford Diamonds
3rd place – Stafford Rubies
4th place – Newcastle under Lyme
5th place – Park Lime Walkers
6th place – Burton
7th place – Hednesford
A huge thank you to the Walking Netball hosts who gave up their free time to support their teams, in addition to umpiring the games. We also had 3 Walking Netballers umpire and play, so a special thank you to Jean, Wendy and Bernie. During the festival there was also a small cake sale which raised £30.50 for Cancer Research UK.
We are now really looking forward to our next festival in 2019! To find out more about Walking Netball in Staffordshire visit: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/my-game/walking-netball/ or contact your local Netball Development Officer; Kate Woods on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07545 924957.
Having become a Live Donor by donating a kidney to her son in August 2017, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s Carolyn Owen (Netball Coach at SOT College and Harriers Netball Club) represented Nottingham City Hospital with son Luke in this year’s Westfield Health British Transplant Games in Birmingham from 2nd to 5th August.
Not only did they win Silver medals together in the badminton they were also partners in the shooting circle in the Netball competition held at Birmingham University with Luke playing GA to Carolyn’s GS and Dad Geoff also took to the court playing GD. Their team called the “Probably Notts” won all of their matches and came away with a gold medal.
In total, 8 teams from hospitals all over the country took part comprising of players that were donors, transplant recipients or family supporters. The netball epitomised the purpose of the Games “to celebrate organ and stem cell donation and transplant” and “provide fun, enjoyment, health and fellowship”. Roll on the 2019 British Transplant Games in Newport, South Wales and the 2019 World Transplant Games in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Are you an experienced netballer looking to take your game to the next level? Whether you’ve played in the local league for a long time and are after a new challenge or a young gun looking to progress their netball quickly Newcastle Town is interested in you. Our senior A team is the feeder squad for the Newcastle Town regional team which currently plays in the West Mids regional div1 competition and we are currently recruiting. We offer top quality coaching, exposure to high levels of play and a great club community.
If you feel ready to take these next steps in your netball career please get in touch email@example.com
Alternatively if you are at a different place in your netball career but still enjoy that competitive edge to your game we are a social club and have opportunities in our other division 1 teams.
Training is every weds 7-9pm at St Joseph’s Catholic College
This year’s School Games compromised of 9 year 7 school netball teams, with a team representing each School Partnership across Staffordshire and competing to become Staffordshire School Games champions.
The netball teams were placed into two sections, each playing one match against the teams in their group with the top two progressing to the semi-finals. Young leaders from local schools put their skills to the test with some officiating and scoring.
The fixtures progressed, showcasing the counties best netball talent. The atmosphere was great with lots of smiling participants and support from spectators.
Once the first round of fixtures had finished it was then time to add up the scores…
Congratulations to all the teams that took park. Also many thanks to all the umpires, volunteers, visiting teams and all those involved.
As a result of the event being so successful it was decided that the Sorsby Plate Tournament will now be an annual event. We wish Amber every success in her rehabilitation and hope to see her very soon.
Photo credits to Tim Ball Event Photography