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DATE FOR THE DIARY
The date for the annual AGM for Staffordshire County Netball is 12 October 2020.
Due to current COVID restrictions the meeting will be held virtually.
More details, along with the agenda will be sent out via email shortly.
In conjunction with STAFFORDSHIRE & STOKE ON TRENT SCHOOL GAMES 2019
The County netball festival compromised of 10 primary school High 5 netball teams representing each School Partnership across Staffordshire competing to become Staffordshire County High Five & 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 young leaders were also mentored under the supervision of volunteers from the Staffordshire County Netball Association.
The fixtures progressed, showcasing the counties best netball talent. The atmosphere was great with lots of smiling participants and support from spectators on the viewing balcony.
Once the fixtures had finished it was then time to add up the scores…
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.