Established in 1947, the Stafford and District Netball league is celebrating a big birthday this year, its 70th anniversary! The league has gone from strength to strength as every season passes, seeing more teams entering, and offers competitive netball in the area to women and girls of all ability levels. At present the league has 19 teams playing in two divisions across 3 sites in the Stafford borough.
The league also hosts England Netball’s newest version of the game; Walking Netball along with Netball Now sessions throughout the summer months, offering 12 months of non-stop netball in the area.
Without the dedication of its volunteers spanning across 70 years, netball in the borough simply wouldn’t be as thriving as it is today.
To find out more about the Stafford and District Netball League visit the website here: http://www.staffordnetball.co.uk/l/league/820196791.html
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
Congratulations to all the netball nominees and winners at this year’s Newcastle Sports Awards held on 30th May.
Services to Sport Winner - Julie Tinsley (Newcastle Town NC)
Junior Sports Woman of the year Winner – Seren Redmond (Newcastle Town NC)
Special Achievement Winner – Jean Whitfield (Walking Netballer)
Young volunteer of the year Runner up - Sian Davies (Newcastle Town NC)
Senior Sports Team of the year Runner up – Newcastle Town Regional
Junior Sports Team of the Year Runner up – Newcastle Town under 12’s
On Friday 30th June, Netball West Midlands hosted the annual Goalden Globe Awards, celebrating the West Midlands volunteers at Villa Park, Birmingham. In total there were 5 nominees from Staffordshire represented, and much to everyone’s surprise four winners on the night!
And the winners are….
All Regional winners will now go forward to represent the West Midlands at the National Awards in September.
From everyone in Staffordshire, many congratulations on your success and good luck at nationals!