The 2018 Vitality Goalden Globe Awards took place on Saturday evening as England Netball recognised and celebrated the fantastic contributions of our incredible volunteers.
The first award was the National Long Service Award, given to those who have given selfless and outstanding service of 25 years or more.
The deserving winners were Bernie Young, Brenda Horn, Carole Titmuss, Jackie Nelson, Jennie Underwood, Jennifer Le Cocq, Julia Martin, June Griffith, Karen Jones, Mary Christine Stanley and Sheila Perks MBE.
The focus then switched to recognising those on the start of their netball journey as the Pass on your Passion Awards for young volunteers who have achieved the highly prestigious 400 hours of service all within a two-year period were handed out.
There were seven recipients: Ealish Baxter, Eliana Kneen, Hannah O’Donnell, Jenni List, Jordan Chamberlain, Paige Richards and Summer Chamberlain.
The winner of the Young Netball Volunteer was Gabriella Brittain who is an integral part of Allus Netball Club, attending committee meetings and assisting with coaching and umpiring.
5Ways Netball Club took home the Outstanding Netball Club Award after making an outstanding contribution within their community. The club was set up in 2014 to give girls in Brighton the opportunity to experience netball.
The Mary Bulloch Administrator Award was won by Jackie Milsom. The impact Jackie has made to Loughborough Lightning has been incredible. As Team Manager and Franchise Liaison, she has been a constant source of encouragement and support.
Chris Evans picked up the Muriel McNally Grassroots Award for her work mentoring coaches, who have then gone on to set up their own clubs.
Debbie Wright collected the Grassroots Coach Award for her excellent work in galvanising Sherburn Netball Club by creating a junior section and attracting 40 new girls in the last year alone.
Next up was the Sheelagh Redpath Grassroots Official Award with Claire Daly picking up the trophy following her great work as an active mentor, umpire, table official, assessor and volunteer in Swindon and the South West.
After hugely improving the quality of the netball being delivered at Clacton County High School, Laura Townsend was rewarded for her fabulous work as she collected the Teacher Award.
The winner of the Unsung Hero Award was Jackie Webb after her amazing efforts as Chair of Chelmsford Junior Netball Club, running 12 teams across a range of age groups.
Mark Burton, Asia Liquart and Jo Rutter received the Inclusion and Diversity Award for providing an inclusive environment or programme and being proactive in providing a discrimination free environment.
The 2018 National Rose Award was presented to Chris Brien, Lt Commander Linda Cairney and Wiltshire Council for their exceptional contributions to netball within the last 12 months.
Next up, England Netball welcomed two new Honorary Life Members in Heather Gleadall and Sue Connor.
The evening was capped off with Olivia Murphy, Tracey Neville and Ama Agbeze being inducted into the England Netball Hall of Fame.