Mary Taylor is one of our best known and best loved umpires. She turns 80 on the 5th August, and she has decided now is the time to hang up her umpiring whistle for good and retire.
She was 15 when she first started playing netball at a local youth club. At 21 she set up an open age team with friends called FMA.
This was 59 years ago, and the creation of this team was instrumental in the establishment of the Huddersfield Netball League.
As well as playing, Mary picked up her umpiring whistle, and her career as an umpire began. I am sure you will all join with us in wishing Mary a very happy 80th birthday and a happy, well deserve retirement from our wonderful game!
As our members are no doubt aware, the government has recently agreed to accelerate the return of our sport through a modified version of the game.
This approval activates a roadmap for the return of community netball that allows modified training to take place for groups of up to 30 people per court, subject to netball organisations having the required risk mitigations in place.
This is an important milestone post lockdown and means netballers can now reunite on court and enjoy the many benefits of netball once again. To support you in getting back onto court click here to access a full Re-start Netball Activity guidance document.
We will endeavour to keep you up to date with what is going on in respect of re-starting the Huddersfield League, and please refer to all the guidance and support that is available from England Netball.
If anyone needs any assistance navigating through the risk assessment and mitigation processes, or has questions they would like help with, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the Government announcement on Saturday 31 October, we are deeply disappointed to confirm that community netball will be suspended until the national lockdown, coming into affect on Thursday 5 November, is lifted. All community netball following the Return to Play roadmap is impacted including club activity, leagues, local pathway activity and all England Netball programmes including Back to Netball and Walking Netball. Activity operating as part of the elite sport framework is however permitted to continue.
The efforts of the Netball Family since the Government signed off our Return to Play plan in August have been inspiring. England Netball are immensely proud of the huge amount of care and attention the Netball Family has taken to ensure that the virus isn’t spreading through netball activity. We sincerely thank the committees and COVID-19 Officers who interpreted the guidance and developed risk mitigation plans, the coaches who’ve carefully planned sessions, the officials who have implemented the modifications, and every single player who has stepped back onto court. The opportunity to play even for a few short months will have meant even more after these difficult times for so many.
In these ever changing and uncertain times, one thing that is certain, is that West Yorkshire Netball are here to support all its member Clubs and Teams.
Back in August we announced our support for England Netball’s #Rise Again campaign by providing an optional 25% discount on our County Membership Fees until 31st October 2020, which added to the 30% discount already offered by England Netball until the end of September. We are now delighted to announce further financial support for all West Yorkshire member Clubs and Teams to help with their ‘Return to Play’.
Clubs and Teams can apply for a Support Grant of £50.00 per team, providing they meet and are able to evidence, if requested, the following criteria: :: CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ::
Just in case you haven't seen the recent communications from England Netball following the government announcements on Monday. EN released a statement which is below and also a follow up communication.
To sum it up it basically confirms that the rule of six now applies to netball indoors for adults, which means there can only be groups of six indoors, (and that isn't different bubbles of six), but just literally six people on a court indoors.
So essentially that means there is no indoor competition at all for those aged 18 or over, which could last six months.
I know we are all struggling to identify indoor courts to train anyway, but unfortunately this places more pressure on leagues being able to run, as if it continues, it will mean any leagues will need to be run outdoors. We aren't at a point as you know to resume our league, but just something to be aware of for those teams that are back doing some form of training, that unfortunately this will need to be outdoors if there are more than six of you.
Click the links below for 2 News Articles from England Netball
England Netball statement on COVID-19 regulation changes
Clarification and current guidance on indoor netball
When one of your teammates fall, you run to them, you put your arm around them and if they’re hurt, you help them. It’s not because you don’t care about all of your other teammates, it’s because in that moment, they need you.
West Yorkshire Netball is supporting England Netball’s stand against racism. We need to now, more than ever, support Black members of the Netball Family.
England Netball have been contacted by many incredible women who have spoken up about the need for them to be part of the change, and we agree. Over the last few weeks they have asked several of those amazing women to share their experiences and to review what they currently do as an organisation and help them to plan to do more. West Yorkshire Netball now want to hear about the experiences of women within our own county, so we can also plan to do more.
EN are listening and West Yorkshire recognises that we need to do too. We want to educate ourselves and our Netball Family and shout louder. As a next vital step, West Yorkshire Netball will be running a ‘Here to Listen’ Forum for the Netball Family in our county. It will allow us to come together and further explore the experiences of Black and Ethnic Minority communities in our sport. It will be a chance to have open and honest discussions and help us stand even stronger against racism.
Let’s do more, together.
Supporting England Netball’s stand against Racism - ‘Here to Listen’ Forum
When: Tuesday, 22nd September 2020
Time: 7.00pm via Zoom Link
To find out more and to book your place, click here
Message from Corrine Hudson
To my wonderful Walking Netballers and Back To Netballers,
I hope you are all very well and staying safe. Over the 6 weeks summer holiday England Netball usually pauses a number of its regular sessions while we move to a tailored summer programme. This year in particular we are getting busier than ever preparing for the exciting time soon when we will be back on court! We are doing lots of risk assessments, internal safety training, reviewing of suitable venues and more to make sure we can offer a fabulous but safe selection of sessions, whilst also covering some of our colleagues that are furloughed.
This years summer programme will look a little different to usual, however we do have some exciting options for you. Whichever works best for you, we look forward to when we can see you back on court:
Join as an England Netball B2N / WN subscriber and access subscriber sessions - its £20 per year for *online live sessions, category D insurance, a water bottle, regular digital newsletter and relevant discounts Enjoy your break and look out for our future programme of socially distanced back to netball / walking netball sessions.
*The online live sessions are guaranteed from 15th July to end of August 2020. There will be a Walking Netball session on Wednesday mornings at 10am and a Back to Netball session on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm. There will also be other fun activities that you can get involved in after the session such as quizzes, scavenger hunts or just a cuppa and a chat….all with some brilliant coaches! If you would like more information or help purchasing a subscription do let me know!
Back to Netballers👉 https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/back-to-netballsubscriptions/
Walking Netballers👉 https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/walking-netballsubscriptions
I very much hope this message finds you all safe and well. We may still be in ‘lockdown’ but while we await the decision about when the Government will lift restrictions and the news from England Netball as to when community netball can safely ‘get back on court’, you can rest assured that behind the scenes we are regularly having discussions with England Netball and the Yorkshire Region and making tentative plans.
Being able to keep in touch with all our members is extremely important to us. One of the key ways we can do this is through the ENgage membership system, which you used to register your membership this season. Unfortunately, on checking, many of you did not ‘tick’ your communication preferences when completing your membership registration. This may have been an oversight, given that your key focus was in ensuring you became a member. I am aware some of you found this a very difficult process!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, can I now ask you to ‘login’ to your ENgage page at: https://engage.englandnetball.co.uk/Account/Login
Each organisation has a choice of a minimum 3 tick boxes. You need to tick all your preferred preferences for each one, but as an absolute minimum can I request that you ‘tick’ the top one, as this will enable us to communicate any relevant netball specific messages directly to your email. Rest assured, it is not our intention to bombard you with lots of unwanted emails!
Your support in doing this will be much appreciated and will greatly help with our communications directly to you. Thank you! Likewise, if you have any questions or need support of any kind, we are here to help, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us directly via our West Yorkshire Netball website contact page: https://www.westyorkshirenetball.co.uk/contact-wycna.html
You can also find out lots of news, advise and support by visiting the England Netball website, including it’s COVID-19 page at: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/about/covid-19-support/
You may even like to consider joining the new EN ‘Virtual Netball Club’ and the activities on offer. You can also find other netball activities available online being offered by lots of other organisations. There is something for everyone, whether a player, coach, umpire, etc that will give you your ‘netball fix’. Unfortunately for now, just not on court1
In the meantime, if you have any interesting or inspirational news stories about what you, your club or others are doing during ‘lockdown’ then please let us know. We’d love to hear from you. Please use the West Yorkshire contact page, as detailed above.
STAY SAFE & WELL; STAY ACTIVE
and most importantly, make sure you
STAY IN TOUCH & LOOK AFTER ALL YOUR FRIENDS IN THE NETBALL FAMILY
We will get through this and at some point be back participating in the sport we love.
West Yorkshire County Netball Association
Date: Sunday 28th June 2020
Timings: 09:00 – 15:00
Venue: Bradford College, Trinity Road, Bradford BD5 0BE
After you attend the course you will:
Pre-requisites: Age 14+ You must be currently affiliated to England Netball to attend the course. The course is aimed at people who are serious about wanting to pursue the officiating pathway and become an umpire; it is not a rules forum.
Although umpiring experience is not a requirement you may find it useful to try and gain some experience of umpiring (at team/club/school training sessions) prior to attending the course.
Delegates must come prepared with a pen, paper, and a whistle. There will be a practical session where you will be expected to umpire so please dress appropriately.
£40 payable via BACS on confirmation of acceptance to the course to WYCNA.
Yorkshire Bank Sort Code: 05-00-58 Account No: 64208529
Tutor: Rachael Cole and Emma Lee
Refreshments: None provided.
EN 'C' Award Pathway including Course Booking Form.
Return to: Kirsty Woodhouse
WYCNA Officiating Lead
Closing date for entry: Friday 5th June, 2020