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N O I G E R S ND A L D I M T EAS News from the Region Volunteer Vacancies PAGE 2 Goalden Globe Awards PAGE 3 Capital FM game PAGE 5 Course Information PAGE 7 News from around the Counties

National Goalden Globe Awards 2011

Dates for the diar y

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October 13th and 20th- Loughborough Lightning Screening 16th- Regional Screening Day, Loughborough 24th- UKCC courses released (regional priority) November 11th- CAPS pre assessment deadline 12th- UKCC level 1, Keyworth, Nottingham 25th-27th World Netball Series December 14th- CAPS Assessment 23rd- Office closes for Christmas (reopens 3rd Jan 2012) Further details of all dates of events and courses can be found on our website:

News from England Netball Young People PAGE 13 Oversees Development PAGE 14

11 0 2 r e b o t c O News from the Region- Volunteer Vacancies Regional Treasurer Do you want to make a difference to how netball is managed and run in the East Midlands region? We are looking for a new Treasurer to take on responsibility for the Regional Association’s financial accounts. This is a voluntary role and would ideally suit someone who is numerate, well organised, has an eye for detail and has experience of income and expenditure recording and the reconciliation of accounts. We anticipate that the role will take on average about 2 hours per week to carry out, although some times of year will be busier than others. You will need to have access to a computer with Excel software and have an email account. The suitable applicant will also need to be CRB checked before taking up the post. The East Midlands Treasurer has a seat on the Regional Management Board and is accountable to the Regional Chair. All Board members are asked to attend a minimum of six evening Board meetings a year as well as the Annual General Meeting, which takes place in June. Expenses for business travel and out of pocket costs will be paid in line with regional financial policies. To find out more about the role please ring Anne Henderson, Regional Manager on 01509 226753. CV applications, along with a covering letter setting out why you would like to be considered for the role should be sent to by Friday 21st October 2011. Recognition and Profile TSG Members An opportunity has arisen within East Midlands Netball that will enhance your CV, allow you to gain specific work experience and has the potential for interacting with a number of key stakeholder organisations. The role of the Recognition and Profile Technical Support Group is to raise the profile of netball in the East Midlands from grassroots netball to elite athletes using a variety of marketing and communication platforms. The group is currently recruiting new members. This is an ideal part time position (hours variable but relatively flexible) especially to those who are interested in a career in marketing, sport management, media or communications. Netball experience is NOT an essential requirement. The Recognition and Profile TSG sits within the governance structures of the East Midlands Regional Netball Association and reports to the Regional Management Board. This is a part time voluntary position but out-of-pocket expenses will be covered. Applicants should have an understanding or experience in one or more of the following: marketing; journalism; PR; sponsorship; media and communications and/or professional and amateur sport structures, please contact Peter Dickenson, TSG Lead at by 14th October 2011.

Keep up to date with the latest information on our website:

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News from the Region National Goalden Globe Awards On Saturday 17th September, the Athena in Leicester was once again the venue for one of the most prestigious nights on the netball calendar as it welcomed the national netballing community to the 2011 Goalden Globe Awards event. The theme for the evening was “masquerade” and there were plenty of exotic masks, flowing dresses and black ties on show – we netballers do scrub up well! No prizes but let’s see if you can guess who’s who from the East Midlands in this photo. Just like at the Oscars, we all sat with crossed fingers and toes and held our breaths when the awards were announced and we’re pleased to tell you that the East Midlands were worthy winners of the following awards:

Inclusive Netball Volunteer Award Julie Hunt (Leicestershire) England Netball Long Service Award Sue Collin (Nottinghamshire); and Andrea Scigliano (Leicestershire) Pass on Your Passion Award (400 hours volunteering) Oliver Hooper (Derbyshire) and Sara Bostock (Leicestershire) We’d like to pass on massive congratulations to every one of our national award winners and also to those nominated volunteers from the East Midlands region who didn’t pick up an award on the night but who are, to us, all winners in their own right. We really couldn’t do what we do so well without you. Just a reminder that we’ll be starting the Goalden Globe Award process for 2012 in the New Year and your challenge is to submit more nominations than ever before. Suggest you all get cracking on those netball CVs pretty soon!

Pictures from the Goalden Globe Awards

11 0 2 r e b o t c O News from the Region- Competition & a Special Award 2011/12 Competition dates Date 25-27th November 2011 28th January 2012 11th February 2012 22nd April 2012 29th April 2012 7th May 2012 20th May 2012 9th June 2012 10th June 2012 24th June 2012

Competition World Netball Series, Liverpool Regional Schools Tournament, Northampton Regional Back to Netball Tournament Regional League and u16 play offs, Loughborough Regional u14 and u19 Tournament, Lincoln U12 and clubs High 5 Tournament, Northampton Regional League qualifying tournament, Derby Marion Smith Tournament, Leicester O35 tournament, Leicester Regional Schools High 5 Tournament, Northampton

Fast Net success! The first East Midlands Fast Net Tournament took place in Derbyshire on Sunday 4th September. Five teams from across the region entered and although the weather wasn’t the most pleasant, some exciting games were played and the sun managed to poke it’s head out for a short while. Well done to all teams who took part and congratulations to TFC who won the competition and will now go forward to play in the National Final at the World Netball Series in Liverpool in November. Thanks also to those who volunteered on the day. We’ll let you know in the January edition how they got on at the WNS.

Liz receives her MBE Liz Broomhead received her MBE from Buckingham Palace amongst 105 other recipients from Knights and Dames to OBE’s and MBE’s as well as special recognition of bravery by the armed services. Everyone was made very welcome in beautiful rooms and a briefing was given on what to say and do before it was your turn to be called. Liz took a long walk down an amazingly beautiful corridor to the ballroom where the ceremony took place; and waited nervously –remembering to say “Mam as in Spam”. The Queen pinned on the beautiful medal and asked genuinely interested questions about Liz’s voluntary work. It was all over so quickly. Official photographs and some unofficial ones with the Yeoman of the Guard were taken. Liz then went for a walk down the Mall...... had a lovely lunch in National Gallery..... and then went home with a head full of wonderful memories which she still loves to share with anyone and everyone who will listen.

11 0 2 r e b o t c O News from the Region The East Midlands Netball v Capital FM Challenge On Wednesday 20th July several East Midlands netballers were going about their usual morning routine when they heard the unthinkable, “Netball is not a sport; it’s boring; it’s for girls”. Twiggy on Capital FMs Breakfast Show was the culprit. Emma, breakfast co host opened the poll up to the listeners and one of those with their ears pinned to the radio was East Midlands Regional Coordinator, Katie Broderick. Twiggy was a little scared with Katie on the line thinking she played for the England Team and when he realised she was a member of staff, he breathed a small sigh of relief. Twiggy said he could play the game as he’s quite athletic having previously had trials with Wolverhampton Wanderers so Katie said the inevitable, “Well come and show us then!" That he did and on Thursday 1st September, Twiggy brought a team of men to play against an all female team. After taunts throughout the day saying they could smell the fear of the girls and that they had 9 highly talented athletes (maybe!), the teams ready to play were: Men: Twiggy; Producer Brainz; Dino and Pete from Drive time; Friends of the show Ben, Phill and Yatesy (these three were bringing sporting prowess!) and listeners Costa and Ryan Ladies: Emma, newsreaders Anna; Laura and Sarah, and representing the region: Stephanie Orr; Sophie Artley; Natalie Chadbourne; Caroline Orton; Danni Gatt; Jo Cantrill; Rachel Stephenson; Stasia Guest, Mary-Ellen O’Driscoll and Fiona Hale Rosie Port, EM Regional Excel Coach put everyone through their paces in a warm up that tested their ball handling, stamina and counting skills! The boys began to look worried and regretted not taking it more seriously from the start (a couple of them even tried to escape). It wasn’t looking so easy now! The men went head to head with the women taking a surprise early lead after a wonder goal by Phill from the edge of the circle. The girls took the lead quickly after that and at the end of the first six minutes the score was 3-1. Twiggy realised that the two shooters were not the only valued players in the team and he and Brainz encouraged the men to go out in the next quarter victorious. Whilst the men were unable to score, they defended well allowing the girls to score only twice. HT 5-1 Both teams got a little bit of coaching from Katie and umpires Olivia Murphy (Loughborough Lightning Head Coach) and Val Kindred (Leicestershire Netball Development Officer) and as the male confidence grew, so did the frequency of questioning umpire decisions with Dino; Ben; Twiggy and Brainz constantly shouting to the “referees”.

11 0 2 r e b o t c O News from the Region The East Midlands Netball v Capital FM Challenge cont... The girls pulled together in quarter three, upping the pace and finding ways around the dominant male defence and scored four goals. The boys had their best quarter scoring two after being told three seconds is longer than they think and to take more time with their shots. The 20 strong crowd on the balcony enjoyed seeing more goals and continued with their support, cheering on both teams. Q3 9-3 Quarter four saw the boys introduce a power play- double points for each of their goals. Stares between the male and female camps showed the spectators that everyone was in this to win it. The boys found ways of getting the ball down the court with some long lobs and one impressive pass through the legs of Capital newsreader Sarah Urwin! The final score had to wait as the teams were split to play a mixed game. Despite Producer Brainz insisting they had to leave (tiredness setting in!) Emma was adamant the mixed game would be played. A further six minutes with rolling subs allowed the boys and girls to mix and for everyone to try out some new playing positions. Katie thanked everyone for a great game; the effort put in; announced listener Ryan as Player of the Match and awarded the win to………..well the girls of course! Final score: 12-7. Sue Collin, EM Regional Chair presented each player with a medal whilst Emma enjoyed lifting the trophy for the girls. Referee Val (or umpire if you’re a netballer) said “the game was played in great spirit and everyone really enjoyed themselves. The banter was brilliant!” The men did not go home defeated with Dino concluding “We didn’t really know what was going on but we still gave a good account of ourselves”. We’re really pleased Capital FM took on the challenge and that netball has had some great publicity. Will Brainz’s offer of a rematch take place? Watch this space!

Northamptonshire Netball Development Officer Vacancy Sam Meade, Netball Development Officer for Northamptonshire, left her post at the end of September. Sam isn’t going too far: she will take up post in early October as NDO for Hertfordshire in the East region and so we will still get to see Sam at England Netball events. The regional team would like to wish Sam the best of luck in her new role- she’ll be missed! The post of NDO for Northamptonshire is now on the England Netball website. The closing date for applications is October 10th.

11 0 2 r e b o t c O News from the Region- course infor mation UKCC courses The following UKCC courses are available to book onto now. Visit for more information. Level 1 Notts Lincs Derbys

12th; 13th Nov, 11th Dec 2011 13th; 14th Feb, 11th Mar 2012 25th; 26th Feb, 1st Apr 2012

Eastwood Sports Centre Closing date 14th October Trent Valley Academy Closing date 13th January da Vinci College Closing date 27th January

Courses for the period April - September 2012 will be released on regional priority on Monday 24th October and the National launch will take place on Monday 7th November. Club secretaries will be emailed course details in October and all information will be made available on the regional and national websites in November. Email for further information.

Young Umpire Award The Young Umpire Award (YUA) can be delivered in schools by teachers to promote the development of young officials. It helps to improve an understanding of the game; introduces the generic skills of umpiring (foundations laid will provide a pathway to the ‘C’ umpire award); offers opportunities for talent identification and assists with and fulfils the National Curriculum requirements at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 If you are interested in attending an orientation workshop (essential in order to deliver the YUA in your school) please contact Katie at

Safeguarding- Time to Listen Time to Listen is a three hour workshop developed by the Child Protection in Sport Unit specifically for Club Safeguarding Officers. The workshop has been adapted for netball and uses practical examples and case studies to enable you to fully understand your role in the club and England Netball and how you can effectively safeguard young people in your care. Workshops include the following areas: · What is an aware club · Involving young people · Legislation and government guidance and how it relates to your role and England Netball · The roles and responsibilities of key people in the safeguarding process including your role as a Club Safeguarding Officer · England Netball's reporting procedures · How to develop best practice in your club · How England Netball can support you and your club in safeguarding Who should attend? The course is aimed at Club Safeguarding Officers only and you must have already attended a Sportscoach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children course (or equivalent) as Time to Listen builds on this prior learning. If you have not yet attended Time to Listen training and are interested in doing so, please email to register your interest. For details of local SCUK safeguarding courses, visit the club accreditation/courses section of the East Midlands website.

11 0 2 r e b o t c O News from around the counties Derbyshire Big Netball Reunion September 24th saw Derbyshire Netball Association host a Reunion for players, coaches, umpires and volunteers who had previously been involved in the County to meet up with old friends and share stories. It was held in a magnificent setting in Hartington’s Youth Hostel. The event was attended by about 50 people who were able to share old photos, memories and personal profiles. Everyone got the chance to have a look back over the years and several recounted their experiences from the different decades. These recollections were met with much laughter and appreciation of the efforts made by all involved. An excellent lunch was provided by the YHA, subsidised by the county association, and some of the costs were recouped by a raffle, the prizes for which were donated by members of the County Management Board. Fun activities included a shooting competition and a village quiz. An auction was held with a particular item donated by Derbyshire’s Secretary, Hilary Flint, an unusual piece- a netballer in a glass sphere which raised £60 alone. Proceeds from the auction went to the Netball Development Trust which is a charity dear to Derbyshire’s President – Liz Broomhead. The County Association would like to express its thanks to everyone who came to the Reunion and to all the volunteers who helped to plan and run the event.

Leicestershire Successful screening day held On Saturday 10th September, 65 girls descended on Loughborough University’s Netball Centre, along with coaches and scouts for Leicestershire’s screening day. Approximately 40 girls were asked to join those already in the academy for a second day of screening and 25 remained. A third day was required in order to select 20 girls to take part in the 2011/12 County Academy. Val Kindred, Netball Development Officer for Leicestshireshire said “The standard has gone up so much that it was really difficult to select just a few girls from the 120+ who trialled.” A Talent ID workshop was held at the same day allowing more coaches to be equipped with the skills and knowledge in order to make nominations to the academies in the future. Thanks to everyone who trialled, and well doen to those selected.

11 0 2 r e b o t c O News from around the counties Lincolnshire School Games On Thursday 14th July the pilot of the Lincolnshire School Games was held. Nine counties across the country had been tasked with hosting the pilots prior to them being rolled out nationwide next year. The new competition is one key part of of the Government plan to create a lasting sporting legacy following the 2012 Olympic Games, creating a range of new opportunities for young people to get involved in competitive sport. The top 10 teams from the Lincolnshire County School finals were invited to attend. The children were treated to a spectacular opening ceremony with parachutists dressed in Olympic colours dropping into marked out coloured Olympic rings and a welcome by the Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville. A hot sunny day saw some inspirational netball from the year 5 & 6’s playing High 5. Each team played four matches and the excitement rose as England International Olivia Murphy arrived to talk to the children and sign autographs. Rosie Port, Regional Excel Coach and talent scouts from the county handed out ‘you’ve been spotted’ cards to invite potential athletes to county screening in September. St Hugh’s just beat Saxilby 4-3 in an exciting and tense semi final and went on to meet Grimoldby who beat St Johns 5-1 in the other semi-final. In the final the half time score was 4-3 to Grimoldby. The county champions and regional runners up St Hugh’s continued their winning streak by winning the final 11-4. Final postitions: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

St Hugh’s Grimoldby St Johns Saxilby Helpringham

6TH 7th 8Th 9th 10th

Kirkby La Thorpe Burgh Le Marsh John Harrox Benjamin Adlard Carlton Rd

Back to Netball Louth The Back to Netball sessions at the Meridian Leisure Centre, Louth have been running for just over a year. The ladies love the sessions as they are full of skills, laughter and a variety of games. The sessions are relaxed but give ladies a full hour of exercise. Lian Harrison, volunteer for the Louth B2N, has been working as a coach to run the sessions, she has been part of the scheme since April. Lian commented 'The Back to Netball scheme is great for the ladies of Louth, it is a good run around and the ladies have such a good time. Everyone's skills have improved over the last few months and we would welcome any new members with open arms'. Lian is taking her level 1 in October 2011 and her commitment to volunteering with the scheme has been recognised by the leisure centre who they employ her as a casual coach delivering activities and sports session to young people on a weekly basis. Ladies who want to start playing netball or getting back into netball are welcome to come along: Monday evenings 6-7pm at Meridian Leisure Centre, Louth.

Details of all Back to Netball sessions being held in the region can be found on the regional website under programmes

11 0 2 r e b o t c O News from around the counties Nottinghamshire Back to Netball Nottingham launch On the 10th September 2011 England Netball launched the new initiative, Back to Netball Nottingham. The launch was held in Nottingham’s Old Market Square with several activities for the family to get involved in taking place throughout the day. A shooting competition was available all day, with males and females of all ages taking part. A netball assault course was set up between 12 and 3pm aiming to get ladies involved and to demonstrate to passers by how fun a Back to Netball session is. As the day went on the weather improved and we gathered more and more interest. The words ‘I loved netball at school, I’d love to play again’ were repeated on several occasions emphasising the need to launch the project in Nottingham. The Launch would not have been so successful without the help from volunteers, Loughborough University netballers, Loughborough Lightning, face painters, Nottingham City Council and several Nottingham Back to Netballer’s. With everyone’s hard work we engaged directly with 200-250 ladies and gave out over 500 leaflets throughout the day.

In the 2 weeks since the launch Kaylea was been contacted by over 30 ladies who will be attending one of several new Back to Netball sessions from September.

Contact Kaylea:


Back to Netball Nottingham

Kaylea McQuade, Netball Development Community Coach Phone: 07872 407215 Email:

11 0 2 r e b o t c O News from around the counties Nottinghamshire cont... Kaylea McQuade- NDCC Since Kaylea started as Netball Development Comminuty Coach for Nottingham City in March, she has well and truly settled into her role and we caught up with her to find out about her achievements so far: Power League: I secured a free facility for a weekly Back to Netball session open to everyone. Each week numbers have increased and over the last 6 weeks, 25+ ladies have been attending. I organised a mini league for the ladies to compete in and this was held 30 minutes prior to the Back to Netball session, therefore ladies had a chance to compete and to train afterwards. This league has been very successful with maximum capacity. Engagement: Since March I have successfully engaged with 176 ladies through organising and promoting 21 Back to Netball sessions across Nottingham City. This is over 2/3’s of my yearly target of 240

Newark and Sherwood Active Festival Newark and Sherwood District Council Sports Development team held an Active Festival on 24th July which cincluded a netball tournament . The festival was organised in partnership with the Olympic Open Weekend Activities supported by BP, marking only one year until the London 2012 Olympic Games. Five teams entered from Newark and Grantham and were a mixture of regular netball teams and those returning to the sport. The event was well supported by Newark Shooters netball club and Fenland netball club with VISPA volunteers helping throughout the day with officiating, refreshments, timekeeping and scoring. The winning team was Muskham Mavericks but had close competition from Newark Shooters and the Shooting Stars team who are the newly formed Newark back to netball team. Grantham Fenlands back To netball team came third winning two games and losing two. This is the second tournament the Grantham ladies have entered and they are now looking forward to September when back to netball enters the Lincolnshire League. Newark will be holding Back to Netball sessions starting Monday 12th September at the Grove School, Lilley and Stone site from 7-8pm with sessions costing ÂŁ3. If anyone would like further information on the sessions, please contact Sally Thomas on 07984 812219, Louise Key on 07545 924994 or email

Northamptonshire Talent Identification course planning We are in the process of arranging a Talent Identification workshop to take place in Northamptonshire. If you or anyone from your school or club would like to hear about the course, please email so that details can be forwarded to you.

11 0 2 r e b o t c O Loughborough Lightning Lightning screening: October 13th & 20th

Sophia Candappa gets England call up Loughborough Lightning netball player Sophia Candappa has been called up to the senior England squad for the first time. Sophia, who is studying Psychology at Loughborough University, impressed at the England trials and has been rewarded with a place on the England tour to Australia and New Zealand. Olivia Murphy, player coach of Loughborough Lightning said: “Sophia fully deserves her place in the England squad after making fantastic progress over the last 12 months. She has only played one full season with Lightning, but has already made great strides, which have caught the eye of the England selectors.“ There was further good news with University graduates Jade Clarke and Jo Harten also being selected. Former Lightning player Jade, who has been a regular in the England squad for seven years has been chosen as the new England captain. Jo, who graduated this year and has been Lightning’s goal shooter for the last four seasons, also makes the tour. Jo will come head to head with future rivals and team mates, after agreeing to sign for the Canterbury Tactix in the 2012 ANZ Championship. The Tactix are based in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

Lightning secure 4 year franchise

Loughborough Lightning has been selected to continue their participation in the Netball Super League. The decision by England Netball will see the sport’s premier competition continue to be played at Loughborough University for the next four seasons. A number of England internationals have played for Lightning in recent seasons including current coach Olivia Murphy, Karen Atkinson, Jade Clarke and Jo Harten. Jo Emmett, Loughborough Lightning Franchise Manager commented: “We are delighted with the news that we have been offered a Netball Super League Franchise for the next four years. This will enable us to build on our successes over the past six years. The announcement means we can enhance our strong partnership with England Netball, and build on our aspiration to be the best netball development environment in England. In the run up to the new season we will be working hard to ensure that we offer an outstanding match day experience for our loyal Lightning fans, and also to encourage new supporters to come and watch top class netball.” The eight franchises selected are: Celtic Dragons • Hertfordshire Mavericks • Loughborough Lightning • Northern Thunder • Surrey Storm • TeamBath • Team Northumbria • Yorkshire Jets The new season gets underway on the weekend of 21 January 2012 and will conclude with the Grand Final Weekend on 19 and 20 May. We will have more Lightning news for you in the January edition, including details of the 2012 squad. In the meantime, keep up to date with all the latest information on the Lightning website.

11 0 2 r e b o t c O News from England Netball- Young People High 5 resources

England Netball have released new resources for High 5, available on the England Netball webiste ( Information includes downloadable resources, playing high 5 in schools, the community and workshops for teachers and coaches. Free membership is available to all primary schools. To register, visit the high 5 section of the England Netball website

A day in the life of a young volunteer Sarah Brady from Leicestershire recently signed up to England Netball’s Pass on Your Passion scheme. PoyP is for every young person aged 1225 that is actively volunteering in netball; whether as a coach, official, committee member, event helper....the list is endless. Sarah updates us on a day volunteering in the community....... “On Sunday 10th July 2011, I was chosen to support England Netball in promoting local Back to Netball schemes at the Race for Life, Western Park, Leicester. Me and two other volunteers, Charlotte and Viccy, helped to encourage everyone to take part in a shooting challenge which made many people interested in netball. They asked for more information about joining clubs and netball in their local area. Many people took leaflets and seemed keen to start or get back into netball. I really enjoyed talking to people about netball and felt like I was making a difference, getting ladies to play netball again! Taking part in the race warm up and challenging attendees in the shooting competition were fun too!� If you would like to register for Pass on Your Passion, email your address to eastmidlands@englandnetball for a leaflet, or sign up online at (visit the youth zone)

11 0 2 r e b o t c O News from England Netball- Oversees Development Making a difference through netball Every year for the last five years UK Sport and IFNA (International Federation Netball Association) have been delivering Netball Safaris, primarily in the African countries. The aim is to empower teachers from the regions and provinces so they can support the many young children who live in some of the worlds poorest regions to make a difference for them through netball, developing skills that will enable the programme to be sustained after the volunteers have gone home. In this case the volunteers are young leaders who have to raise all the funds themselves. Natalie Simpson from Lincolnshire was one of those volunteers chosen to take part in the safari this year. With support from the East Midlands Regional Management Board and Lincolnshire County Netball Association and under the guidance of Liz Broomhead, Natalie embarked on a remarkable journey to Zimbabwe. This is her story…… Having spent a week in the country deemed to be the ‘hardest country in the world to live in’ I can safely say that I have had the most inspirational experience possible. I have met some of the most amazing people that, despite all the hardships they face, have a passion for netball and use it not only for enjoyment but also as an escape from their personal difficulties. The coaches and teachers that we spent the week with help provide high quality netball coaching for children of all ages across the country in order for them to regain their childhoods and as a contrast to their difficult lives, even for a few hours every now and again. Yet they never failed to have a smile on their faces, which was what was truly inspiring and I believe that the week long Safari was an experience that not only benefitted the Zimbabweans but also all three of us who went over there. When we finally landed in Harare after three flights and 28 hours of travelling, we met two very special people; Joan (Ambassador for netball in Africa) and Barbara (Secretary of ZINA). The taxi driver was a reckless driver on the way to the hotel, I was literally petrified! But the scenery was breath taking. This barren land suddenly turns into a high-rise city, but the roadsides seemed so poor. I already knew that we were going to do something so worthwhile. We visited the venue which was a local girls’ school and we saw them measuring and painting the courts on an area that they previously used for tennis – the tennis net posts were welded into the ground in the middle of the court, there was no health and safety issue for them though, we seemed to be the only ones worrying! We knew that tomorrow teachers were coming and we were going to deliver a course on how to coach netball, the skills they need and introduce some simple drills to them because it was the ideas for useful drills that they lacked.

11 0 2 r e b o t c O News from England Netball- Oversees Development Making a difference through netball cont.... Some of the teachers/coaches had travelled over 8 hours on public buses to be there. By the end of the week we had 108 enrolled on the safari. The Zimbabwean people are the most friendly and funniest people I have ever met, but also they have the most inspirational work ethic. They literally wrote down everything we told them, word for word. We had an eye opening ceremony too where they sang the national anthem in three languages at the same time and you couldn’t even tell. They were so grateful and it’s as if it was an honour for them to have us there, as much as for me it’s an honour to be there. We taught them the basics of coaching and netball and learnt some fun things about them - one man had the most brilliant dreadlocks and one was a preacher. We spent the afternoon in the gorgeous sunshine showing them drills. It was however, so humbling to see them laughing and having fun, remembering these are grown adults playing children’s games. It was so nice to see they have such a desire to learn, and how they could tell us what they learned the previous day, they remembered even the smallest details. They all got so animated when we talked about rules and umpiring and in Zimbabwe it’s like ‘Chinese Whispers’ and the rules are interpreted so differently from province to province. Watching them play though was wonderful, they are so fast and athletic and the men and women play very differently. They are so passionate and enthusiastic, even all the supporters sing and dance constantly and they do everything with a smile on their face. It was a joy to watch them learn and develop. When it got to the day the children were joining us they didn't arrive on time, they run on Africa time here you see, so when we said 10am, it was gone 11am before any arrived. But they had the most gorgeous and brightly coloured netball kits ever! It amazed me how they play without shoes, especially on the terrible uneven and dusty surfaces, but to them, they find it harder in shoes as it alters their balance! The children (aged 9-20) have the same work ethic, they listen attentively and behave well but they do everything with massive smiles on their faces. They loved every second of it and they are very good netballers too, but the best thing was seeing the teachers put into practice everything we'd taught them, the end product was excellent. They always want to be the best they can be and they clarify even the smallest point so they know they are right. And they were so good, their coaching is magnificent. What I loved though was how their warm ups involved singing and dancing so the atmosphere was always happy and jolly! We played a tournament with the children and their netball ability was incredible, they have the most amazing power in their passes and in their fitness levels. This is because they are so used to walking distances to school or doing household chores or carrying younger brothers and sisters on their backs! The coaches became so protective and energetic and completely engrossed and passionate towards their own teams - it was amazing! I think it’s important to teach the adults as it’s them that will implement it after we left and nurture the younger generation. I felt like we made such a difference and giving countries like Zimbabwe a structure within sport gives children skills in general, as well as a passion for something that allows them to learn discipline too. All they want is to be recognised by the rest of the world and be known for their sporting talent and not be dismissed due to their politics.

11 0 2 r e b o t c O The East Midlands Team Contact details for Regional staff Anne Henderson Regional Manager Rosie Port Regional Excel Coach Katie Broderick Regional Coordinator Kaylea McQuade Netball Development Community CoachNottingham City

Val Kindred Netball Development OfficerLeicestershire Olivia Murphy Loughborough Lightning Coach Louise Key Netball Development Officer- Lincolnshire Liz Broomhead East Midlands Netball- Vice Chair Sue Collin East Midlands Netball- Regional Chair

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