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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
                                   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

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

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
                                            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

                                           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

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.

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             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:
     n   al Sc                  Kelsey Nolan            Paula Gant            Samantha Brightman
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

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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
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

                                                    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                                              or Fay
most of the players had                                                         Manning 07881 426008
taken on board skills that
had been practised in the

                              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, or your county Netball Devel-
                              opment Co-ordinator.

                                                                                  FUNDING TIP OF THE

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

0845 600 20 40 or go to
             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

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.

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