England Netball and the Netball Family have been saddened to learn of the passing of Angela Hoyle aged 89.
From the outset, Angela was hooked by netball and playing regularly in particular for the Manchester High Old Girls Team and Bramhall Netball Club.
An England Netball Honorary Life Member, Angela had played a pivotal role in making netball happen and enriching lives at all levels of the game for over 60 years.
She was a familiar face and popular figure in the Greater Manchester and North West netball sphere and undertook numerous administrative roles for which she received her Long Service Award from England Netball back in 1993.
Her passion and dedication to the game were clear for all to see, dedicating 24 years of service in her role as Greater Manchester County Netball Association’s Umpiring Secretary. Angela also acted as tournament referee at county rounds of the National Schools tournament for much of that time.
In addition to her outstanding contribution to netball at a local level, she was also heavily involved regionally, nationally and internationally – working tirelessly to create and facilitate opportunities for others.
A driving force in the game, Angela held many instrumental roles including Match and Tournament Secretary, Treasurer and Manager of the senior regional squads, and Results Secretary for the English Counties League.
She also led many national event organising committees in the days when events were hosted and run by local volunteers in their entirety, and was a member of EN’s Match and Tournament Committee for 12 years.
Although Angela stepped back from a number of her roles in recent years, she still supported finding umpires for Bramhall in the Regional League and volunteered as either a scorer or timekeeper at their fixtures.
A constant support in many individuals’ netball journeys and selfless in her willingness to always lend a hand, Angela will be dearly missed.
Our condolences are with her many friends in the game and her family.