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Netball East Spotlight April Netball East Volunteers come up trumps at National Goalden Globe Awards Throughout the East Region there are a great number of volunteers that help from grassroots to the elite sharing expertise to help develop netball within the region. This was regonised at the Goalden Globe Awards on the 24th March where the East’s Chris Har- pham and Christine Beasley were presented with the Long Service Award. We also congratulate Gloria Keech for winning the regions Muriel McNally award for outstanding contribution. We are sure there are many other exceptional volunteers across the region. If you know of a great volunteer why not volunteer for the 2007 awards applications close the 31st May and forms can be obtained from Rebecca Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org The World’s best Netball coming to England - Have you got your tickets? Fast, furious and physical, international netball comes to Earl’s Court and it’s set to be a thriller! England, bronze medalists at the Mel- bourne Commonwealth Games in 2006, face Australia, Melbourne sil- ver medalists and former World Champions, on 17 May 2007 as both teams start to prepare for the 2007 World Championships, to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in November. And fans will also have the chance to see the current World Champions and Com- monwealth Gold Medalists, New Zealand, in action as they line up against an England A side, packed with current and future stars. To book your tickets contact Earl’s Court ticket office on: 0870 903 9033 Match 1: England A -v- New Zealand 17.30 Match 2: England -v- Australia 19.45 Web: http://www.england-netball.co.uk/ Gary’s ‘Hungry for both umpiring in the Super League and umpiring internationally’ For male netball umpire, Gary Burgess from Bedfordshire, the prospect of umpiring the winter netball season seemed a little more welcoming than usual. For he had been selected by the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) to travel to the warmth of Malta to officiate at the Netball Europe Championships. Gary talks to Netball- East about his experiences and provides an insight into umpiring at an International Tournament. As a relatively new A’ Award umpire, I was surprised and overwhelmed to be asked by IFNA to go to these Championships. At the moment, I’m still a small fish swimming in a very big pond. There are only a handful of men umpiring at the very top of the sport so this was a complete surprise. I flew to Malta the day before the championships after a rather stressful day at school. Sitting in the departure lounge, the feelings of realisation began to flow. I knew I had to switch from ‘teacher mode’ to a ‘netball mode’ I hadn’t experienced before. For people that know me, nervousness doesn’t really feature as a part of my life, but it certainly would start to now. The flight to Malta was hassle free as was baggage collection, although at this point I would urge people not to have pizza on a Ryan Air flight. It’s not the greatest!!! Then on to the hotel. We were staying in a hotel 25 minutes from the netball venue but it seemed to be 25 minutes too far away from civilisation. The food would be the best indicator of this. The minute we got to the hotel netball became the priority and an 11pm umpires meeting allowed me to meet the other umpires and receive my allocations for the next day. The first game I had was Malta vs Northern Ireland and as the draw would turn out I would have Northern Ireland in all four games that I umpired. We arrived at the court the next morning and were told of the protocols that we would be using. Three members from the International Umpires Associations (IUA) were in Malta to oversee the assessment and administration of all the umpires. When it came to protocols, all I thought I had to worry about was walking across the court with the ball at the start of play and meeting my colleague in the centre at intervals. This wasn’t the case and I had a lot to learn. Protocols started in the changing rooms nearly an hour before the start of the match. Nails and sharp adornments were checked away from the view of the spectators in the main arena. The court was checked by all three umpires as were the team benches and our own rest areas. The based posts had to be re-stuck down as the front edge wasn’t flush to the front of the line. This didn’t endear us to our Maltese colleagues who had used quite a lot of duck tape to get them to their current position. We didn’t then return to the court until 4 minutes before the start of the match. This was something that I have never done before and only seemed to add to the accumulating nerves that were now in full swing. We were told before we went to Malta to ensure that our kit was completely white including our tracksuit bottoms!! This really wasn’t something I was going to come to terms with very quickly and certainly didn’t look good on a 26 year old bald man trying desperately to hold on to some sort of street cred!!! For me to describe the outcomes and experiences of all the matches I umpired wouldn’t interest many people, but the way in which the IUA administered umpire coaching in these games was very interesting. Receiving guidance at quarter and half times was based purely on aspects of the game that would not affect decision making. Guidance on driving to the backline, spreading vision and holding to then sprint improved positioning which led to the umpiring standard being raised. Over the course of the week both England and Northern Ireland had won all their games and it just so happened that the schedule would mean they met each other in the last game, effectively the final. I was lucky enough to be allocated to this game with Arlene Leary from Scotland. The game was exceptionally close throughout and in the second and third quarter there was only one goal between the two teams and the lead changed frequently. Eventually in the last quarter England broke away and won by two goals. The experiences that I took from these championships have shaped my umpiring for the future and made me hungry for both umpiring in the Super League and umpiring internationally again. I did get an overwhelming feeling that all of the volunteering I had done up to this point had been ‘paid’ back in this trip. It seemed to make it all worth while and showed if you are willing to give to England Netball and work with them you will reap the rewards. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bedfordshire netball, in particular Gloria Keech and Sylvia Eastley for helping get to this point in my umpiring career. To reach A Award in a little over 5 years shows that anyone, if willing to put in the hard work, can achieve any goal. They have both been there for me from the beginning and continue to share their expertise and guidance, of which I am extremely grateful for. Thanks also goes to Sheelagh Redpath and Jan Burke in the work they continue to do for both me and other umpires at a national level. With the prospect of the Youth World Cup coming up in the Cook Islands in 2009, I will be eager to continue to impress the right people and consistently deliver the goods. Talent Structure: Regional Talent Programme Structure The Regional newsletters focus for April is Regional talent, following on from the County Talent Programme Structure in January’s newsletter. Regional Potential Talent Programme (RPTP) The RPTP squad is to train the players to reach the high standard required by a national player. Successful players can be nominated to National Screening and mavericks youth squad. Players train in extension centres along with junior Mavericks. Regional Talent Development Programme (RTDP) The RTDP aims to provide players with skills and knowledge that will enhance their netball performance. Players are coached by expert coaches on a monthly basis. Players are able to be promoted throughout the season to the RPTP Regional Screening The Regional head scout & Regional Unit co-ordinate Regional Screening. Successful players from County Screening attend completing skills, drills and match play . Players are aiming for selection into the RPT P and RTDP squads. County Screening All 7 counties within the region hold County Screening days. County Talent Identifiers (CTI’s) evaluate and select players from the days to attend regional screening. Players are nominated to County Screening by Performance Standard Workshop (PSW) trained teachers and coaches. The PSW nominators send girls from academies, clubs and schools. on at electi ph s National Screening was held on 18th March at ium quad Sheffield EIS. Netball East are proud to have sent six s tr S ior onal n ti players who have been training the with Regional Potential ju a Talent Programme and Mavericks Youth. Five of these players ast N all E and were selected for the England Netball Long Squad . This is a huge tb ning achievement for the girls and Netball East wish them the best of luck with Ne ee their future England training. Congratulations to the five selected girls: r n al Sc Kelsey Nolan Paula Gant Samantha Brightman tio Na Abi Lambden Harriet Arbuckle Congratulations should also be offered to Sini Boateng who attended trails and at age 14 was one of the youngest trialists in attendance. A future talent to look out for! January 2007 saw a magnificent number of our talented players rewarded for their intensive training and com- mitment to the sport. The East Region congratulate the following Netball East girls who represented England’s winning side in the 2007 Netball Europe Championships: Zoe Murdoch- U17 Amy Fennelly- U17 Abigail Ryan- U19 Chantelle Hankin- U19 Joanne Harten-U21 Lindsay Keable-U21 Monique Wood-Netball Europen Open Joanne Harten- Netball Europen Superleague 2006/2007 is coming to an end after a ‘super season’ final games are being played to decide which teams make it into the play offs. The table shows how tough and tight the league is, there are only two points between fourth position and second. The Mavericks need your support right to the end, there last game prior to play offs is Monday 16th May. The East Region wish the squad the best of luck for their remaining games. Come on Mavericks!!! Youth Mavericks season ends on high Youth Mavericks season ended with a great win against Brunel Hurricanes. After the game Mavericks celebrated the successful season with Amanda Newton ( England & Mavericks captain) presenting awards to Youth Mavericks for outstanding contribution throughout the season . Many congratulations to the following: Paula Gant, Bedfordshire- Coaches Player Award Abi Lambden, Hertfordshire- Most Improved Award Abi Ryan, Essex- Players Award from team members. East Regional AGM- Saturday 21st July Regional Screening Day- Sunday 15th July Regional U14 Festival- Sunday 6th May Would you like to get extra Active? Join our brand new extranet site today and as a professional member of Active Norfolk you will be entitled to all these great benefits... · The opportunity to network and share ideas with key professionals in your area, through our forums and bulletin boards · The latest news and information on your chosen sport or subject through our monthly e-zine · The ability to book courses and events online · Priority invitations to Active Norfolk events · Free promotion of your service/activity via www.activenorfolk.org HIGH FIVE FEVER HITS NETBALL EAST! Thousands of youngsters have been taking to the court to test their skills at this great game. High 5 Netball is a fun, skilful game, where players rotate positions and adapt their skills to play in any of the five positions. The East believe a modified game at this age group provides the best foundation for young people to develop the physical, social and tactical skills re- quired, in addition to developing a knowledge and understand- ing of the game. The East has a great ‘Not only creating opportunities range of High Five for more players but are creating leagues and festivals better players!’ some that have now run for six years and others still in their infancy. The Dacorum High 5 League in Insurance Policy Hertfordshire has successfully run for six years with the number of teams growing year on year. It all began when Shelley Net- ball Club worked with their local Youth Development Officer to The insurance policy covers only activities deliver high five coaching in twenty four local primary schools. "recognised and authorised" by England Net- Each school was given a resource pack created by Ann Miles ball. England Netball recognises and autho- and Kim Lambden (ex England Players) designed to instruct rises only High 5 netball for children in Year 6 Primary School Teachers, who are not PE trained to be shown and below (generally 11 years old and un- how to present netball sessions to their class. To date this der). Single sex, seven-a-side netball is rec- ognised and authorised only from Year 7. league has seen twenty-seven schools taking part and is still going strong! If an affiliated individual participates in seven- ‘Since introducing High Five we have had a wealth of kids play- a-side netball for children in Year 6 and be- ing the game that otherwise would have been unable, our sec- low, their EN insurance will be invalidated ondary schools have even commented on the notable while they participate. "Participating" means difference in the level of players moving up to, so we are not coaching, umpiring, playing, or any other ac- only creating opportunities for more players but are creating tivity directly involved in the netball session. better players!’ Brian Warner, Shelley Netball Club. Braintree High Five Club Essex has now been running for eight months and has attended their first High Five festival in Harlow where the girls had a fantastic time. Mick Fowler of Braintree Town Netball Club explains the positive results gained through delivering High Five. ‘Children at my club can now all shoot with proper technique, know all the positions, know rules and control of the game, and can catch and pass the correct size ball with the correct technique. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the game. I firmly support high 5's, as a tutor and Level 3 coach, and will continue to promote it far and wide!’ Coaches, umpires and players should also be aware of England Netball’s Insurance Policy when working with youngsters. The East is delighted with some of the excellent Coaching, Leagues and Festivals being delivered by Clubs, Schools and Volunteers. There are a variety of courses and resources to support those delivering High Fives, for further information go to www.englandnetball.co.uk/game. HN Ladies Netball Club (CAPS accredited) have been successful in securing funding from Barclays open Spaces Award, this fund provides support for sports at grassroots. The funding has provided the club with kit and training equipment which you can see from the photo. A special thanks from the club members to Harriet Boggis a junior member of the club whom completed the application for the funding, the club are most appreciative of this funding and support from Harriet and Barclays. EASTER NETBALL The girls had the pleasure of receiving Norfolk United Netball Club host- individual and team awards from Leanne ed an Easter Netball Day at Het- Playle (East Region Administrator), who is hersett Old Hall School. Forty based at the school. Leanne presented two girls aged between 11-14 awards to winning teams from the skills yrs enjoyed the chance to learn sections, the runners up and winning new skills, improve their net- teams from the tournament. Individual ball knowledge and meet new awards were presented to Lucy friends. Beautiful sunny weather Tilbrook for Outstanding Easter Play- gave the day a positive start. The girls er, Jasmine Hall for Most Improved took part in a fun warm-up game incor- and Lizzie Fox for her contribution to porating basic netball skills, Speed the whole day. Agility and Quickness (SAQ) , passing and shooting skills and whilst one group grasped new shooting techniques the other Norfolk United Netball Club have also or- group enjoyed a refreshing fun ganised other successful days during the swim . the groups changed over Easter break in Great Yarmouth at Cliff activities before having their Park High School and Hethersett Old Hall lunch basked in brilliant sun- School including groups aged 7 to 11 shine. where they have been playing High 5 Net- ball. If you are aged between 7 and 9 The afternoon focus was a please contacts us for informa- tournament with each team tion regarding the High 5 Sum- nominating a captain and mer Netball Camp being held at organising a team name City of Norwich School, Eaton and warm-up. After some Road, Norwich from the 23rd to excellent performances the 27th of July. Contact: Lesley from both individuals and Crosthwaite on 01953 483691 / teams it was evident that email@example.com or Fay most of the players had Manning 07881 426008 taken on board skills that had been practised in the morning. Netball East CAPS Between March 2006 and April 2007 the Region has proudly awarded eight new clubs CAPS accreditation, bringing the Region to a total of 26 clubs. These clubs have proved that they offer a quality environment to all members covering areas such as Duty of Care and Child Pro- tection. The region recognises CAPS accreditation is a great achievement and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all these clubs. Don’t forget the next assessment date is June 2007 so if your club would like help preparing your folder or would like to register on the scheme please contact Leanne Playle,firstname.lastname@example.org or your county Netball Devel- opment Co-ordinator. FUNDING TIP OF THE MONTH Awards For All provides grants of between £300 and £10,000 for people to take part in art, sport, heritage and community activities. These grants make a real difference to local people, strengthening community activity and increasing participation. The aims of Awards for All are to extend access and participation, increase skills and creativity and improve the quality of life. An example Netball project is applying for funding towards equipment, coaching and a facility to start up a new team or junior section. If you are interested in this scheme contact: 0845 600 20 40 or go to www.awardsforall.org.uk 0845 600 20 40 or go to www.awardsforall.org.uk Thorough Success!! The first season of the expanded Regional Clubs League has finished with Thoroughbreds of Norfolk Divi- sion 1 champions and the East Netball entry to the Premier League play off tournament. We wish Thor- oughbreds the best of luck in their attempt to be East Region’s second club in the Premier League. Division 1 runners up were Ipswich Ladies (Suffolk). Relegated from Division 1 were Belton (Norfolk) and Luton Golds (Beds). In Division 2 Eastwood (Essex) were the champions and promoted to division 1 along with runners up Comberton(Cambridge). We look forward to seeing them in the top flight next sea- son. Jaguars (Cambridge) who withdrew from the league as unable to commit to the fixtures are the rele- gated team and they take a place in a County league for next season. All teams in Division 1 welcomed the neutral umpiring system put in place and it is intended to extend this to Division 2 next season provided sufficient umpires can be found whilst trying to vary the allocation mod- el to keep costs down for clubs and travel time to a minimum for the umpires themselves. If you have um- pired in any match within the Regional Clubs league I thank you for your dedication and professionalism without which the league could not run. At this point I would like to thank my fellow organisers without whose help and expertise we would not have run a successful first year. To Sophie Pike our umpire co-ordinator a truly remarkable job well done. To Gwen Foster and Clair Martin who ran the results service with skill and speed allowing the results to be available with such speed on the Suffolk website. Entry date for the league for next season is 1st July 2007 teams entering are reminded that CAPS accredi- tation or at the minimum registration are essential to take your place in the league. The tournament to replace Jaguars in Division 2 will take place on Sunday June 3rd at Stanborough school in Hertfordshire. Champion clubs from each of the seven counties should have entered by the 4th May. DI V I SI O N 1 Pla y e d Won Dr a w n L os t L os t L ost GF GA A V G. D IFF P oint s ( 5 point s) ( 3 p oints ) ( 2 p oints ) ( 1 poin t) ( 0 poin ts) T ho rou gh b red s 18 16 1 0 1 0 8 42 6 07 1 .3 8 7 1 23 5 84 I p sw ic h Lad ies * 18 13 0 1 4 0 8 35 7 07 1 .1 8 1 12 8 71 T eg at e 18 10 1 4 3 0 8 32 7 20 1 .1 5 5 6 11 2 64 W at fo rd P rem ier 18 10 0 0 8 0 8 08 7 86 1 .0 2 8 22 58 W yv ern * 18 10 1 2 3 2 6 59 5 41 1 .2 1 8 1 11 8 56 Cro ss ke ys * 18 10 0 1 5 2 7 00 6 73 1 .0 4 0 1 27 55 N orfo lk Un i ted 18 6 1 3 8 0 7 21 7 76 0 .9 2 9 1 - 55 47 T urn ford * 18 8 0 2 5 3 6 23 6 81 0 .9 1 4 8 - 58 44 Be lt on 18 5 0 0 11 2 6 08 8 30 0 .7 3 2 5 -22 2 36 Lu to n G ol ds 18 0 0 2 14 2 5 99 9 06 0 .6 6 1 1 -30 7 18 DIVISION 2 Eastwood* 16 13 1 1 1 0 676 517 1.3075 159 71 Comberton 16 13 0 0 3 0 657 489 1.3436 168 68 Leighton Buzzard Vipers 16 10 1 3 2 0 770 601 1.2812 169 61 Team Bedfordshire 16 10 0 1 5 0 601 555 1.0829 46 57 Netherhall 16 8 0 1 6 1 731 691 1.0579 40 48 Bearbabies 16 7 0 0 9 0 622 618 1.0065 4 44 TC* 16 5 0 4 5 2 577 560 1.0304 17 36 Christchurch 16 5 0 1 7 3 693 842 0.823 -149 34 In the Regional Under 16 league two teams are fighting it out to represent East at the national finals in May and June. Turnford (Herts) have the advantage over Robins (Essex East) with final round games due the weekend of 28th / 29th April. The Under 14 Regional Festival will be held on May 6th at Stanborough school in Herts where a strong contingent of the region’s clubs are looking to win through to the Under 14 National finals in June. The Region is sending the top eight teams to represent East at the finals.