Grassroots Coach Award - Nominees

As we celebrate Netball Volunteer Month, it’s time to turn the spotlight on our fantastic Goalden Globe Awards 2016 nominees for each category.

The 2016 categories include:

• Grassroots Coach Award

• Grassroots Officials Award

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• Young Volunteer Award

• Outstanding Netball Club Award

• Inclusive Award

• Netball Teachers Award

• Unsung Hero Award

• Mary Bulloch Administrator Award

• Muriel McNally Award

• Rose Award

First up it’s the turn of the Grassroots Coach Award – read below to hear all the fantastic work these volunteers do for our sport:

Grassroots Coach Award

Sam Griffin

Sam coaches adults and juniors across Leicester, she also assists both her own and other clubs and schools across the East Midlands. She has introduced High 5 and under 12 sections to her club as well as setting the club up in the first place and helping it grow to 160+ members.

Sachel Grant

Sachel engages players of all ages to develop and nurtures young netballers to an exceptionally high level. Sachel coaches at all levels, including junior schools, B2N and a new satellite Club on top of her club coaching and work with Mavericks.

Vicky Connop

Vicky is a great asset to Leominster Netball Club, she always goes out of her way to make sure everyone is involved in a session and provides a fun and supportive environment. She has great links with local schools and is always promoting the club to new members.

Rebecca Hutchinson

Rebecca started White Cross Junior Netball Club 6 years ago, she now coaches 3 teams playing in the Open League. Rebecca’s enthusiasm rubs off on the children she coaches, she is extremely dedicated and always ensures everyone has the chance to play and enjoy netball.

Nicola Lewis

Nicola single-handedly took over the organisation of the coaching sessions for Morpeth Junior Netball Club in 2014. She creates detailed coaching plans weekly and attends every junior match, she is instrumental in the development and growth of the club.

Alice Turner

Alice coaches and mentors other young coaches. She coaches juniors and adults of all abilities, in club, community and school settings. She has a track record of increasing the self-confidence of her players.

Lois MacDonald

Lois is 19 and gives more than 10 hours coaching a week, whilst working and studying. Despite her club expanding, there is still a waiting list for Lois’ sessions, it is clear that Lois has that magic combination of being able to work well with players and their parents, in any setting.

Steph Edwards

Steph has the ability to attract people to netball and uses her marketing skills to promote and grow the sessions she runs. She delivers Back 2 Netball, coaches for 3 clubs and supports the Maidstone and Malling League.

Tracy Watt

Tracy coaches at all levels from grassroots to performance, adults and children. She is a great mentor and coach to all her players, following their development closely, always ready to support, answer questions and guide her athletes and fellow coaches.

Congratulations to all of these volunteers for their respective nominations – inspiring stuff!

Keep your eyes peeled this week in the build up to this glittering national awards evening as we share with you the categories and their incredible nominees.

Don’t forget it’s Netball Volunteer Month! We want to hear from you and all you do for netball…

There’s a new Volunteer Profiles section of the website where we’re gathering stories from as many of you wonderful volunteers as we can.

We want YOUR volunteer profiles – take a look and let us know your answers to the profile questions!

Email us at and we will share your stories far and wide!

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