A truly deserved appointment, we are all so proud of you!
A huge congratulations to Sheelagh Redpath who has been a fab volunteer at Saracens Mavericks, on her appointment into Inaugural President at Netball East for the next three years.
A truly deserved appointment, we are all so proud of you!
On 9 July, the Government announced that some recreational team sports can begin to return and indoor leisure facilities can re-open their doors from 25 July. Read the full Government guidance here.
This guidance issued will allow us to see the gradual return of team sports, including netball. However, the speed at which some sports return will vary, for instance cricket will be one of the first sports back since it lends itself to being played whilst socially distanced and is a summer sport, so is well placed to return early.
What does this announcement mean for netball?
This is an exciting step for our sport and could mean that netball returns sooner than we had anticipated. Whilst we’re delighted by this news, there is still work to be done to be able to get us back onto court and to be able to play netball in its fullest form.
As a first step, all team sports must submit to Government a risk assessment, medical evidence and a comprehensive action plan for approval, which must demonstrate how they can safely return to some form of the game.
We have already begun working on this guidance behind the scenes and have appointed a medical team to look at any modifications of the game or netball environments that maybe required, which will be outlined in our submission to Government.
We will submit our action plan to Public Health England and Government within the next two weeks, the plan will clearly state how we plan to accelerate the progression through the stages outlined in our Roadmap here with appropriate risk mitigations in place at every level of the sport.
Once the go ahead is given, we will then look to secure and confirm an activation timeline to sit alongside our Roadmap.
Until we can get on court, what should we be doing in the meantime?
Until the guidance and next phase of netball’s return has been signed off by the Government, netball must remain at stage two of the Roadmap, meaning the guidance issued here should continue to be adhered to until further notice. This guidance states that currently no more than six people from different households can meet outdoors and enjoy netball fitness activity together, whilst remaining 2m apart at all times and keeping equipment sharing to a minimum.
Preparing the netball nation
Each club, league, county and region will have work to do over the next few weeks/months to ensure they can deliver netball safely once the action plan has been approved by Government. This will include speaking to venues, developing a risk assessment prior to activity and planning altered versions of their usual netball sessions where required. We will however be with you every step of the way; we’ll be helping the Netball Family recruit an important network of COVID-19 Officers, we’ll also be providing templates, resources as well as training so that together we can get back on court as quickly and safely as possible.
In the meantime, we’ve had a number of clubs and leagues enquiring around the booking of facilities. We recognise that many clubs are worried about not being able to access space unless they book courts as leisure centres open. This is a very sensible way to start to prepare and we’d encourage you to book early, but it should be noted that any training a club does will need to be in line with the current stage of our Roadmap. For league and competition organisers, we’ve updated our FAQs and initial information can be found here with more to follow for all member clubs and registered leagues. If any netball organisation is booking a venue, we strongly recommend you ensure you are aware of any cancellation policies, just in case.
Tell us how you’re feeling
We know there are mixed feelings across the Netball Family and some people will be nervous about getting back on court. For those of you that are, please rest assured that we will not rush this process. We will unlock each stage of the Roadmap carefully, we will follow medical advice and await the go ahead from Government that is required. The Netball Family’s safety and comfort is of the utmost priority to us. We are however confident that if the spread of the virus continues to decline, it won’t be too much longer until we are able to train and enjoy netball matches again.
As we’ve said, this is a positive announcement. We are heading in the right direction and are keen to reunite the Netball Family as soon as we safely can.
We will continue to keep you all updated on our progress ongoing. In the meantime, we would appreciate it if all netballers could take five minutes to complete this survey on the return of indoor netball so we can continue to gage how you feel about it. That way we can ensure we are considering your thoughts and putting our resources in the best places to make your return to the sport as smooth and safe as possible.
If you have any further queries please take a look at our FAQs here.
We’d like to thank you all for your continued patience and support throughout this process. We will be together again.
In light of the continued uncertainty regarding COVID-19 and associated social distancing measures put in place by the Government, Netball Europe has taken the decision to defer the May 2020 sitting of the Netball Europe A/B written assessment. At this stage we are hopeful that the next opportunity for candidates to sit the assessment will be the 10th October 2020, following the new A/B written assessment calendar previously circulated.
Congratulations to young Talitha on passing your IOA tonight. Norfolk’s youngest umpire!! You did a fantastic job and thank you Gary for doing the assessment too. Onwards and upwards!!
After months in the making, Essex-based tour operator Sports Tours Ltd has launched its very first UK netball tournament! Specifically designed for U12 (11-12), U14 (13-14) and U16 (15-16) girls’ netball teams, this 2-day tournament will take place in Great Yarmouth between Friday 26th - Sunday 28th June 2020.
For 20 years Sports Tours Ltd has organised football tournaments at Great Yarmouth. Now they’re excited to expand their portfolio, as well as bring this incredible opportunity for youth netball teams to one of the company’s most popular locations.
Teams can expect 2 days of matches played at Lynn Grove School’s impressive facilities – complete with C+ award umpires – whilst accommodation and on-site entertainment will be at Parkdean Vauxhall Holiday Park. Players will even have the chance to meet a Vitality Netball Superleague player and have their photo taken with them!
Whilst Great Yarmouth isn’t new to Sports Tours, they’re thrilled to be able to launch their 2020 netball tournament in the seaside town – with plans for it to be the first of many.
Sports tours specialists since 1989, Sports Tours Ltd is one of the leading operators for football, rugby and hockey tournaments in the UK and Europe.
Do you want to start umpiring or further your existing umpiring skills? You can apply here! -PLEASE NOTE THE IOA COURSE IS NOW FULL
A huge thank you to all the umpires who took part in today’s National Schools Rounds for the U14 & U16s. Also a big thank you to Penny and Ann for doing the results and Anne for organising all the umpires
Congratulations go to Carol Fenn for her award at the East Region Goalden Globes.
Carol was nominated for her outstanding contribution to netball delivery through administration.
Carol works tirelessly as Affiliations Secretary for Norfolk and is the first port of call for many teams both established and new.
Nobody knows more about how the EN Affiliations system works than Carol!
Carol was presented with her Award and Certificate by Anne Harper, Norfolk Chair.
A great taster session of Walking Netball was held at Beccles Sports Centre, near Lowestoft on Saturday 29 April. Of the 17 participants, 11 no longer play netball but absolutely enjoyed the experience and all have said they are interested in further sessions...... watch this space!
Anyone interested in finding out more or wanting to register their interest in joining any future sessions, contact Lowestoftnetball@hotmail.co.uk