In less a month’s time, some of the finest names in the national game will be heading to Sheffield to help celebrate the success of some of the most inspirational volunteers in the country.
The Goalden Globe Awards is a collective celebration, beginning at a regional level and culminating in a glittering national awards evening. There are 10 categories of awards, with all national nominations having received the title of regional winner as part of this process.
As a look ahead to the prestigious event, over the coming weeks we will be celebrating all of the regional winners and showcasing why they have been shortlisted for a chance to add another award at the national ceremony. The nominees for the Grassroots Officials Award and the Grassroots Coach Award 2014 are as follows;
Grassroots Officials Award 2014
Louise Harwood – East
Louise organises and oversees the running of all Officiating Courses within Bedfordshire County. As a dedicated umpire, she is totally committed to the county mentoring programme that is part of the regional process and mentors umpires on a weekly basis. Louise has a passion for umpiring and mentoring and developing umpires is a priority for her.She ensures that following attending a course as many umpires as possible are given the opportunity to have a mentor to assist their progression.
Donna Beckett – East Midlands
Donna has devoted herself to the development of officiating in Derbyshire and the East Midlands. Donna tutors the Youth Umpire Award (YUA) and tracks each umpire to ensure that they are continuing with their personal development. Because of this, in the last year Derbyshire has 3 new B Award umpires who have progressed from the YUA. She is a “regional treasure”. Umpires look to Donna for her advice and she is always prepared to give them the time.
Caroline Duggan – London & South East
As an A Award umpire in Kent, Caroline does a large amount of umpiring to a very high standard. Caroline still umpires in her local league in which she provides support to officials as an assessor. Caroline is improving officiating in Kent by ensuring the correct candidates are passed for their beginner or C awards and offers advice and support after assessments. Caroline’s passion shines through in all aspects of her officiating and she loves what she does.
Sharon Scott – North East
Since passing her B award Sharon has worked hard to improve and develop both her umpiring and fellow umpires. Her enthusiasm and determination to succeed rubs off on all umpires. Sharon’s ultimate reward was passing her A award in March 2014. Sharon thrives on umpire development and raising the standard of umpires in the North East Leagues. Sharon is reliable and will commit to any umpiring in the Region. She is always smiling and gives 100% concentration regardless of the game.
Jane Fox – North West
Jane has been an outstanding volunteer in West Cumbria for 20 years. Although Jane has taken on an additional role as County Umpiring Secretary, she has continued to put in the effort in order to pursue her own goal of gaining the B Award, which she did successfully in 2013. As an umpire Jane is very fair, has great integrity and a very good knowledge of the rules. She is committed to inspiring new umpires and gives 100% to the task set.
Jo Davies – South
This year Jo started the role as Umpiring Secretary within Abbey NC.She has done this with such enthusiasm and commitment. Jo has given up her time mentoring umpires both at club training sessions and giving feedback at senior and junior league matches. As a result the club now has four new beginner umpires, an umpire working towards a ‘B’ award and an ‘A’ award umpire. Jo creates a positive vibe for umpiring within the club by offering mentoring to umpires at matches.
Barbara Warburton – South West
Barbara began umpiring over 25 years ago in the local county league. She gained her B award, umpired in the Regional League, gained accreditation as a C and B Award Tester, Assessor and Tutor, and has strived to keep her education and training up to date. Barbara has set up a series of umpire forums and Gloucestershire now boasts 12 B awards and 2 A award umpires. Barbara’s contribution to umpiring in the county has been immense in the last 14 years.
Felicity O’ Leary – Yorkshire & Humberside
Felicity is the first person in Yorkshire to dedicate herself to becoming an outstanding table official, which has resulted in her officiating at various high profile events. Along the way, Felicity has encouraged many others to undertake various officiating roles, working with them patiently to ensure their understanding. Felicity has supported both junior and senior club members to learn to score and time keep at Harrogate league matches. She has proved herself to be an excellent role model within the Region.
Grassroots Coach Award 2014
Joy Porter - East
Joy coaches 3 teams within Hatfield Netball club. Her motto is to make each player 'the best that they can be' and shows her enthusiam for the sport through her concern for each player. Joy is also the head coach at the New Netball Academy at Oaklands College. She develops strong links between the college, university and local clubs. It is fair to say that Joy is quite simply dedicated on every level to the game she loves.
Louise Key – East Midlands
Louise is Head Coach at Fenland Netball Club, South Lincolnshire Satellite Academy and Assistant Coach at the County Academy. Louise’s dedication to Fenland’s junior section is without question. From its inception she has put much time and effort in to ensure that the section is thriving, enjoyable and successful. Louise has been involved in the game for many years. It is obvious to all who meet her that she “eats’, lives and breathes netball.”
Phillippa Webb – London & South East
Without Phil, Wealden Netball Club would not have the thriving, happy and competitive Junior section that it is today. Starting off as an Assistant Coach in 2009, Phil progressed to Junior Head Coach for the last four years along with the majority of her U14 squad, who qualified for the National Finals in 2012.Phil is tireless with her enthusiasm and commitment to the juniors; she genuinely enjoys her time with them.
Charlotte Rush – North East
Charlotte is a founding member of Wearside Wildcats and took on the role of assistant junior coach without question. After just a year, Charlotte took on the role of head coach to ensure the junior club didn’t fold. Since taking over as head coach the junior club section has doubled in size. This truly reflects Charlotte’s impact as a coach. Charlotte epitomises the role of a volunteer grassroots coach and is a real netball gem for the North East.
Paul Harper – North West
As head coach of Tameside Netball Club, Paul Harper has been instrumental in their success over many years. Paul has a long history of success with the junior section of the club. Paul is a dedicated coach who always finds the time to support and assist others for the benefit of both players and coaches. His dedication to netball in the northwest is without equal.He is a constant presence at events, tournaments and training sessions, supporting other coaches and scouts.
Paula Fontaine - South
Paula has encouraged each and every player who turns up, no matter whether it’s their first training session as a fresh Back-to-Netballer or their 100th as a member of the Oxford City Netball Team. Despite her busy and active schedule, Paula always finds time for Oxford City Netball Club. No matter the weather, she is always there, armed with her positive attitude, a barrel of laughs and limitless passion and energy to motivate.
Victoria Welch – South West
Victoria has worked tirelessly taking St. Agnes Netball Club from 3 teams, up to 5.This has been down to her ability to empower individuals and create a great team ethic through her coaching. Victoria is selfless; she inspires confidence in the newest and weakest members of the team by dedicating her free time to grassroots coaching. Victoria is never one to turn new members’ away, she will work with individuals to bring out the best attributes within them.
Karen Bennett – West Midlands
Karen has been part of Tibberton Netball Club since 2005.As the club developed and the need for an U19 section arose, Karen took on the challenge without hesitation. Her encouragement and expertise in coaching has enabled the club to succeed in promotion to the Junior Regional League each year.Her knowledge and commitment is invaluable to the running of the club. Karen has developed an U16 squad every year that has gone on to win the Shropshire Junior Netball League.
Rebecca Hutchinson – Yorkshire & Humberside
Some 4 years ago, Rebecca set up single-handedly White Cross NC in Leven for the pupils of the school and the other schools in the nearby villages to provide an exit route to a community club. Rebecca gives endless hours of support to her players and the club and county each week. She is very encouraging by nature and all the children have the utmost respect and admiration for Rebecca and she is an inspiration to everyone.