On Saturday 20th September, volunteers from across the country will all come together in Sheffield for the 10th
anniversary of the Goalden Globe Awards. It is one of the most highly anticipated events on the netball calendar and celebrates the outstanding contributions that volunteers make to our sport.
It is the turn to analyse the nominees for the Teacher Award and the Outstanding Netball Club Award, which recognise exceptional contribution to netball in the education environment and the community.
Teacher Award 2014
Clare Gunns - East
Claire has worked over many years to develop junior netball in West Norfolk and to support the school netball league in the west. The schools in the west compete in a league driven by Claire and fellow colleagues so the schools can compete competitively when they enter the National Schools competition. Claire also sits on the Norfolk Netball Association to develop schools netball.
Erica Ford – East Midlands
Erica is a positive role model, encouraging an active lifestyle to students. Erica has been the coach to take the only school team ever at Northampton High School to the National Schools Finals: at U16 level in 2013 and U18 in 2014. She has a great relationship with her students and is able to engage easily due to her great sense of humour. Erica will do all she can to the best of her ability in order to help students.
Amanda Whybro –London and South East
Amanda is a teacher at Guildford High School who has been a part of the coaching team that has led to some fantastic school’s tournament results this year.Guildford High School has represented the County in the National Schools Regional and National finals. Amanda is one of the most, calm teachers I have met and always has a smile.She has managed to balance having two children, juggle a busy job and be a member of the Surrey Schools Committee.
Jo Steriopulos – North West
Jo is responsible for producing the most Youth Umpires on the Isle of Man through her teaching and development within QEII School. Jo also supports Primary School festivals and runs several after school netball clubs. This year Jo was involved in setting up U19 and U16 inter-island school teams, which culminated in a tour of the North West. Jo has her students at the forefront of her mind and continues to look at development pathways through Umpiring, Coaching and playing.
Emily Sillence – South
Since being at Aylesbury high school, Emily has had a notable impact on the students. Since her arrival, the school has made the National Schools finals over three consecutive years and in 2014, became U14 National Champions. Emily has gone above and beyond her role as a teacher, ensuring students are directed to community clubs. She is an inspiration to the girls at Aylesbury high school and passes on the passion and commitment she herself has, to her students.
Sharon Steward – South West
Sharon has been teaching at Plymstock School for many years and she has been pivotal in developing netball within the school. In 2014 the school qualified for the county finals at all age groups and qualified for the South West finals at U16. Sharon organised the U14 county rounds for Devon this year on behalf of Devon, which was a huge success. Sharon is a dedicated, inspirational lady who contributes her spare time to netball and its young people.
Caroline Ritchie-Morgan – West Midlands
Caroline has coached girls throughout the school and consequently, Wrekin College has qualified in all three age groups for the West Midlands regional schools for the past two years. The school has then gone on to be National Schools Finalists four times in past few years.Caroline is an ambassador for netball and encourages school pupils to attend local clubs. She is a positive role model, always positive and she engenders an enthusiasm in netball for girls of all abilities.
Sarah Watts –Yorkshire & Humberside
Sarah delivers the Youth Umpire Award not only in her school but across the City of York.Sarah is currently working with 71 students towards the Youth Umpire Award and 25 girls from her school have successfully gained the award. Sarah has set up an officiating club at school, which she runs in her own time, with an aim to develop young officials. Sarah brings passion and commitment into schools, helping to support and develop the next generation of officials.
Outstanding Netball Club Award 2014
Cambourne Netball Club – East (Bronze CAPS Accredited)
Cambourne Netball Club was established in 2006 in a new village to provide for local women and girls. The club has reintroduced junior netball, alongside a schools strategic partnership at a brand new school; Cambourne Village College, which opened in September 2013. Since 2006 Cambourne Netball Club have ran a number of Back to Netball courses, many of whom now remain in the club and has resulted in over 50 senior members.
Sleaford Barge Netball Club – East Midlands (Silver CAPS Club)
Sleaford Barge Netball Club sits within a small Town, having 4 senior and 13 Junior schools under its catchment. As part of the Sleaford Sports Partnership, the club regularly host high 5 netball tournaments to encourage girls and boys into the club. Sleaford Barge Netball Club is very open & family orientated, from grassroots through to senior level. Everybody from parents to volunteers are fully included in all aspects and all have input into the success of our family club.
Manor Netball Club – London & South East (Bronze CAPS Accredited)
Manor Netball club has been an important part of the Barking and Dagenham community for over 25 years. The club arranges mentoring sessions for senior players to help junior players with exams and time management. In 2012 Manor hosted a ‘Back to netball’ tournament where proceeds went to Macmillan cancer nurses in support of a lady very close to the club. The personal sacrifices and time put into making this club what it is today is something to be admired.
Cleveland Classics Netball Club – North East (Bronze CAPS Accredited)
The Management Committee of Cleveland Classics Netball Club has actively got involved with the local community to promote netball. They have printed and delivered ‘flyers’ round schools, and worked in partnership with local partners to get people into satellite clubs and B2N sessions. Cleveland Classics now have 5 teams, with the E team being made up of B2N ladies.Commitment and hard work has made this club grow. The workforce matrix that the club has set themselves is fabulous.
Boughton Belles Netball Club – North West (Bronze CAPS Accredited)
Boughton Belles is a club that is continually growing and evolving, enabling it to engage more people from the community to become involved in playing, coaching and umpiring. The club has many young volunteers who are working towards their Pass on Your Passion volunteering hours. Boughton Belles train over 300 girls and their Mums to play Netball. They run Back 2 Netball sessions for mums or members of the community who want to return to the sport.
Wallingford Netball Club – South (Silver CAPS Accredited)
In 2005 when Wallingford Netball Club was born there was no netball provision within the Wallingford area for either juniors or seniors. They now operate three senior teams and have nine junior teams with 150 members. Wallingford actively welcome Back to Netball ladies in to the club and doubled their junior provision in September 2013 from 60 to 120 spaces. The club and the people within it work extremely hard to ensure they maintain a welcoming atmosphere.
Raychem Netball Club – South West (Gold CAPS Accredited)
For the past 2 years several attempts have been made to provide junior netball in Marlborough, and although the sessions had been well attended; taking the next step towards becoming a Club has proven difficult. However, in July 2013, Raychem put themselves forward to jump start a new Club in Marlborough for 11 – 16 year olds. The ethos of ‘giving back’ that runs through everything the club does is evident by the contribution they make to netball in Wiltshire.
Tibberton Netball Club – West Midlands (Gold CAPS Accredited)
Tibberton Netball Club wasfounded in 1989 and has since grown in size to a total of 233 registered members. The club runs various fund-raising events throughout each season, supporting national and local charities, as well as raising funds for the club itself. Tibberton has close links with local Junior and Senior schools and has supported and developed over 40 coaches and umpires in recent years, both financially and through offering experience and mentoring.
Wakefield Wildcats NC is based in an area of high unemployment and social depravation. The club has evidence of netball making a real difference to players lives by enabling them to forget about their work, school and life problems. Wakefield Wildcats have a high level of junior development from U11-U16, with teams in all available County league age groups. Wakefield Wildcats is truly an excellent example of a community club allowing netball opportunities for all.