Young Volunteer Award

Isobel McCartney (London and South East)

As captain for the Under 18 at Oakwood Netball Club Izzy McCartney also coaches and umpires for the junior sections of her club and local leagues, encouraging other juniors to take up umpiring too. Izzy is the first person to volunteer for absolutely anything to support her netball club; nothing is too big to throw herself into whether that is doing a stock take of balls, dragging around kit bags, picking up a whistle, welcoming new players, leading a warm up or coaching junior balls skills. She manages this while balancing her A Level schoolwork and Duke of Edinburgh awards. She is simply outstanding.

Jenni List (East)

Heavily involved in Garden City Junior Netball League, Jenni List has been collating fixtures and updating results for the past 2 years, as well as setting up effective communication channels between coaches and umpires. Jenni has also organised Junior tours for Stevenage Storm Junior club, even livestreaming the final matches for parents to watch their children play. This knowledge in social media helped Jenni to educate her juniors on ensuring their accounts are secure and safe. Jenni has since joined the Hertfordshire County Netball Association as the Chair of Youth Netball Group.

Isobella Cottrell (East Midlands)

After completing her Level 1 coaching qualification and Youth Umpire award, Izzy Cottrell has been helping to coach a Year 7 and Year 9 netball team, as well as a SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) group. Izzy has encouraged countless girls to play netball and is always on hand to help, whether it be umpiring, coaching, leading or organising. Even though she’s also studying for her A levels, nothing is ever too much trouble and she is always willing to lend a hand.

Erin Brackenbury (North West)

Erin Brackenbury is a highly motivated, dedicated, and reliable young woman. Erin has been coaching netball in local primary schools, encouraging girls to play netball and as a result her club, Boughton Belles Netball Club, has had to add extra junior sessions. Erin has been coaching the Under 11 squads with great success; has assisted at Back to Netball sessions; and has even roped her Dad in to become chief fundraiser for her club! Erin learnt to drive quickly so she could help transport her junior players all around the North West and North Wales for matches. She’s now looking forward to achieving her C Award Umpiring and Level 2 coaching qualification.

Cecily Basil (South)

As an excellent role model to other girls, Cecily Basil has made a huge difference to junior netball in Oxfordshire. Cecily supports her Junior Club and others in the local area by umpiring at the league after passing her C Award in just one season. Cecily supports the coaches at Abbey Netball Club at their Under 12s section every Sunday. Other young umpires have taken up the whistle as a result of Cecily’s encouragement. While studying for her A Levels, Cecily still trains and plays weekly, supports new umpires, coaches at her club and a number of teams in the Local league by umpiring their matches.

Imogen Barry (South West)

Immy Barry has had a positive impact in helping new players feel welcome at her club, TBirds Netball Club, assisting coaches and helping young players to transition from school netball to club netball. A positive, caring role model, Immy has been managing a junior league squad and is an active member of the adult section. Despite being a whole school year ahead of her age and studying at Sixth Form, Immy still finds time to volunteer and embodies the club’s ethos of being gentle, patient and kind.

Grace Hollis (West Midlands)

At only 15 years old, Grace Hollis has continued to gain in confidence with her umpiring. Grace is a member of Leamington Netball Club, and has been clocking up her “Pass on your Passion” hours through umpiring at school matches, and has already sat her C Award theory test and umpires at Regional Junior League matches. Her ability to balance an array of commitments; including school work, volunteering in other sports, Duke of Edinburgh and playing in a number of sports including netball is inspiring. Grace is an exceptional role model and other netballers can see first-hand what is achievable through hard work and perseverance.

Gabriella Brittain (Yorkshire)

Bella Brittain supports and is an integral part of Allus Netball Club, attending all committee meetings and assisting coaching and umpiring with junior sections of the club. Having obtained her 400 “Pass on your Passion” voluntary hours when she was just 14, Bella has since become the assistant coach in the County Performance Programme. Bella is extremely focused, dedicated and loyal and has already achieved her Level 1 coaching qualification, C Award umpiring and is looking to progress on to her B Award. Bella also mentors aspiring young coaches and umpires. She does all this while working part-time and completing her A Levels. Bella is a magnet to the younger generation as they know she will do everything to encourage, support and guide them and will do this with a sense of humor, humility, and grace.