Smile Travel Teacher Award

Sue Simpson (East)

Sue has demonstrated she is organised, efficient and enthusiastic through her coaching of all students and encouraging their involvement in running the district tournament. She has created a strong link with Eastwood Netball Club, thus encouraging students to join from year 7 upwards; she provides extra training sessions for all levels.

Carol Duffy (London and South East) – WINNER

Within the last 12 months Carol has been working extremely closely with members of Greenwich Borough Sports Development department to help develop netball in Greenwich even further. She has sourced funding for the league which has been used for equipment, kit, medals and shields. Each week carol delivers 3 training sessions for 70+ girls in addition to her normal responsibilities. Since Carol’s involvement, Greenwich League has seen the participation of 8 secondary schools making her the driving force behind netball in this area.

Clare Allen (South West)

Clare organises many out of school netball opportunities. The Dorset County Final is held on a Saturday, which Clare organises all of the leaders who help in running the day. The event has 25 schools attend, which is 90% of all primary schools in the area. Rewarding participation at any level is important for Clare, she does her utmost to recognise participants. Clare has created local links and regularly works closely with local clubs to ensure young people are provided with the best and most appropriate opportunities.

Pat Cobden (West Midlands)

Since 1995 Pat has been a PE teacher and netball coach at King Edwards. She has taken a tour to Sri Lanka, giving the girls a chance to play with locals and to further develop their skills. Pat has developed and produced players of outstanding standard without forgetting the players who just enjoy playing. Her enthusiasm for the game has never waivered in 21 years at King Edwards and she has supported every County Tournament in this time with her teams rarely being out of the top two.

Fiona Hyslop (Yorkshire)

Fiona has ensured that netball is across the whole of the female’s curriculum for all years and has spent time ensuring staff are all confident with their current netball skills. She has set up a successful netball academy for U12. There are 24 members within the academy who train regularly and play games on a weekly basis. She has engaged some of the most least active students whom have now competed in tournaments.

Jenny Bignall (North West)

Jenny has set up, organised and ran the Runcorn Schools Primary League, where 8 primary schools competed in weekly match play. Before her involvement, the league had not happened for many years. Jenny is co-founder of the junior section of Beechwood NC. Prior to this being set up, Halton had had no players at a county level for a significant number of years. Now BNC has approximately 100 junior members, 12 of which are playing at a county level.

Victoria Jackson (South)

Victoria has been involved in netball in Oxfordshire for 10 years and has held roles at club and school netball and has been part of the Oxfordshire Netball Development Board. She has started a school team at her school, encouraging girls and boys to join the CADS league. In her role as Vice-Chair for Oxfordshire she has helped support schools and adult tournaments, Back to Netball, Work Netball and disability netball as well as her responsibilities as a teacher.