Cheshire Academy visit Isle of Man to increase team bonding and skills

The weekend of the 10th November Cheshire county netball are taking 30 athletes from their U15 and U17 county academies over to the Isle Of Man for a weekend of netball. With training, fixtures and a fastnet tournament arranged as well as some social events, Estelle Graham, County Chair explains “ Cheshire have hosted IOM schools teams for a weekend of netball during April for the last few years. We have taken up their kind invite for us to travel to the island. This action packed weekend is not only are a great match play opportunity for both coaches and athletes but also is great for personal development and team bonding.” In January Cheshire will be hosting a travelling team from Australia and in March have a trip to Jersey arranged as part of their academy training schedule.


Beechwood Netball Club wins regional Outstanding Netball Club Award 2017  

The Cheshire based Netball Club, Beechwood won the North West Outstanding Netball Club awards at this years Goalden globes. The club has around 150 members and a silver CAPS award and this year started a mentoring scheme to help those wanting to become an umpire. The club also has 12 volunteer coaches; these volunteers help the development of the club and the individual players.

The club promotes Back to Netball sessions and organised a fundraising day which raised over £2,000. Chair of the Club, Sharon Glover mentions ‘we value the achievements of our teams and individuals players and we support each other through any opportunity we can’.

The club has continued success in their games and their local Ball hall League and has had regional and elite team participation. They hope to continue their success both on and off the pitch. Well done Beechwood! 19983375_1534923936558458_1079924224946211202_o

New Mentoring Scheme

Officiating Mentoring scheme 

Mentoring for North West Netball and England Netball is aimed at supporting, guiding motivating enhancing performance and building confidence on an individual level based on a trusting relationship model. The mentor’s role is not to ‘assess’ or provide all the answers but to facilitate self-awareness and development according to individual needs. We need mentors who are interested in building a relationship of support offering valuable feedback as part of the learning journey for the mentee. Mentors will have training opportunities and feedback sessions (individual or group) as appropriate. When profile forms have been completed (electronically), mentors will be matched with mentees for maximum effectiveness for both parties.

Main Mentor role and responsibilities

Attributes · A passion for netball · Excellent at building relationships · Ability to offer objective feedback on performance · Ability to develop self-awareness in others · Desire to support others through challenges · Listening and attending skills to motivate and encourage · Commitment to be an advocate · Confidence to be open and honest with others

Commitment · To provide 3 mentor sessions (per season, as appropriate) · Negotiate individual support plan · Evaluate mentor process and outcome · To refer to others for advice/support as required

Reflections and record

keeping · Complete mentor agreement with mentee · Encourage self-assessment and reflection · Be reflective on mentoring role · Record mentor sessions as appropriate and maintain confidentiality · Feedback to mentor scheme lead (

For more information about being a mentor contact


Sport Bury Netball Club U19s were crowned England National Champions

On 01/07/2017 at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport Bury Netball Club U19s were crowned England National Champions.

A young Bury squad played hard throughout the morning to top there group against some very strong sides. They then displayed some superb netball to get them through to the finale against a very strong Downs team, who had pushed Bury in the opening rounds. A finger biting final saw the two teams drawing at half time. Downs came out strong, both teams playing hard to the final whistle, but Bury showed true determination throughout and earned the National title being undefeated all day. 

January North West Blog 2017


Ashley Taylor made her debut as a coach for Manchester Thunder and her daughter Nicole Malloy player her first game of the season in the Thunder dress, well done to both!

Stuart Nattrass passed his B Award Written exam paper.

Bess Jowsey & Jane Fox passed the B award written paper at A standard.

Katie Herbert one of our junior players gained a place with Thunder youth.

Pink Week Events  

Charity Workplace Netball Festival at Richard Rose Morton Academy Sat 4th March 10.00 – 1.00 pm £35.00 per team – sponsored by Cumberland Building Society.

F.E Challenge cup at West Lakes Academy, Wednesday 15th March 12.00 -3.00 £1.00 per player.

Back to Netball Charity Festival at Whitehaven Sports Centre Sunday 12th March 10.00 – 12.00 £35.00 per team to enter. All money raised will be donated to Cancer Research UK

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Great turn out for the Club Matters Workshop at Abbey Gate College on Thursday 19th January. Looking forward to working with the five clubs from Cheshire that turned up and got a lot out of the workshop these clubs included Boughton Belles, Neston Juniors, P&K, Chester NC and Diamonds.

Looking for a Back to Netball, Netball Now or Walking Netball in Cheshire or know of anyone that would like to play netball then check out these sessions below:

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Cheshire Host Traveling Australian Netball Teams

The weekend of 13-15th January, Cheshire Netball hosted a weekend of netball and activities with Wanderers netball from Australia. The visitors came with an U14, U16 and U18 team plus coaching staff and a couple of parents.

The weekend started at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, where we had 2 hours of netball, with county satellite / academy and U19 squads providing the opposition, followed by a buffet for all, with lots of netball talk over the chopped carrots and cake.

The player then went off with county players, who all opened their homes to the visitors.

The following morning, we gathered at the Velodrome in Manchester, home of British cycling, with the coaches been a little more excited about their surroundings than the players. Once again U14, U16 and U19 teams provided the opposition along with the U16 development POD; we exchanged gifts with Thunder bags, pens and keyrings (keeping is small and light due to baggage limits).

Cheshire’s host / organiser, Phil, arranged for the team to then go to Bolton Wanderers to watch a football game. Not sure the girls understood what was going on the field although they enjoyed the half time welcome on the large score board and joining in the local chants of “Wanderers! Wanderers!” A second evening with our generous parents / player hosts and the travelling adults had a get together at Phil’s home.

A final farewell at 9am Sunday morning, with thoughts of Cheshire going to Australia for the return journey – we wish! The visitors are running a blog – to see more click on