FIAT Netball Superleague 2012 franchises announced

FIAT Netball Superleague

England Netball have today announced that the eight teams that have successfully secured a four year deal to compete in the FIAT Netball Superleague are:

  • Celtic Dragons
  • Hertfordshire Mavericks
  • Loughborough Lightning
  • Northern Thunder
  • Surrey Storm
  • TeamBath
  • Team Northumbria
  • Yorkshire Jets

This year's FNSL has been restuctured from nine franchises down to eight to ensure tighter competition amongst the country's elite teams.

The season gets underway on the weekend of 21 January 2012 and will conclude with the Grand Final Weekend on 19-20 May.

Woodmancote Primary School are crowned County Champions

Gloucestershire County High 5 Netball Final, along with a question and answer session with a Gloucestershire-based U17 England Netballer, took place last Friday at Bentham Country Club.

Five of the county's top High 5 netball teams:- The Croft Primary School (Stroud), Woodmancot Primary School (Cheltenham), Hatherop Primary School (Cotswold), Kings Junior School (Gloucester) and Westbury-on-Severn Primary School (Forest) came together to compete in the Final.

Woodmancote Primary School won all of their games making them the clear winners, with The Croft Primary School coming second and Hatherop Primary School coming a respectable third.

Netball is bouncing back in Gloucester

Enjoyed playing netball at school? Stopped playing and would love to start again? Looking for a fun, new activity? If you answered yes to any of the above then Oxstalls Campus' Back to Netball programme is just what you're looking for.

Back to Netball is designed to provide a gentle introduction to the sport for female players over 16 years of age. Sessions are coach led and cover basic skill development and court play. The emphasis of the sessions is learning new skills and having fun whilst playing.

The first of the ten weekly sessions is Wednesday 13th April at 6pm-7pm at Oxstalls Campus, The University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester. Experienced coach and player Charlotte Olley is running the sessions.

Please contact Rachel Bussey, Gloucestershire Netball Development Officer by email or on 07540 126596 for further information.

James Thomas gains his A Award umpiring qualification

James Thomas

Netball South West and Gloucestershire are delighted to congratulate James Thomas who recently passed his A Award umpiring qualification. This is no mean feat with James having only passed his C Award in 2008 and his B Award in 2009 and all at the age of under 25!

James, the son of Gloucestershire Chair Lesley Thomas, has been 'brought up on netball' and it was therefore no surprise when James showed a great understanding of umpiring. His willingness to learn and his enthusiasm saw him fast tracked, with particular support from Barbara Warburton and Claire Daly, and combined with umpiring training during the last couple of seasons with Premiership Division One Leaders Hucclecote, put James in a good and confident place prior to his test.

Netball South West and the Gloucestershire Community would like to wish James every success in the future.

South West Goalden Globe Awards 2011

It's that time again when Netball South West and England Netball need your help to say a massive thank you to our huge volunteer workforce. The South West Goalden Globe Awards 2011 nominations are now open!

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