England Netball launches Volunteer of the Moment Reward Programme
England Netball is delighted to announce the launch of our Volunteer of the Moment (VotM) programme. This is an instant recognition and reward for volunteers that compliments the established regional and national Goalden Globe process and Pass on Your Passion (PoYP) scheme.
Volunteers are the backbone of netball and as we build up to the Netball World Cup in 2019, England Netball will be increasingly supporting our volunteers and recognising the fantastic work they do. It’s a way of saying a huge thank you to all our netball volunteers across the country. We really couldn’t do it without you!
Volunteer of the Moment is used to recognise and reward volunteers of any age, in any role or environment who have made a significant contribution to the development of netball.
A VotM reward can be given to a volunteer who has really gone above and beyond and been a netball star. This could be for work on a single occasion (e.g. at a training session or event) or ongoing commitment to a role they’ve carried out over a period of time.
England Netball staff, regional board and county committee members can select volunteers to receive the award. Winners will be rewarded with an ‘I Make the Game’ T-shirt and lanyard as a small appreciation for the work they do in making netball happen.
Each month England Netball will upload profiles onto the Volunteer of the Moment pages of the England Netball website of everyone who has been given a reward and the reasons they have been recognised.
First Netball Volunteer to receive the Volunteer of the Moment reward
Congratulations Jo Randall
Jo has been integral to the successful coordination of volunteers at England Netball events including the Test Series against Jamaica, the Quad Series and the Super Ten event in Birmingham. She has travelled all over the country to support the events team, going the extra mile for volunteers to make sure they have the best experiences, all whilst being a volunteer herself.
Volunteers of the Moment – Winners
Congratulations Fiona Rose
This is for Fiona’s work as County Trial Manager. Fiona has been an active member of the Cheshire Netball Association committee from when her daughter joined the county, however she has continued on the committee even when her daughter has not been involved.
Fiona evolved a fabulous trials process for collating information, providing Scouts and Trialists with fixtures and trial information.
Congratulations Gabrielle Towell
This is for Gabrielle’s support with the 2017 NW Goalden Globe Panel, it was thought the panel process would only take an hour but it ended up being a longer process than a one of session and communication took place over a couple of weeks.
Gabs was always quick to respond and extremely thorough in the decision making process to give the nominees the time their applications deserved and often at short notice.
Congratulations Liz Thompson
Liz is always happy to get stuck into coaching, umpiring and anything else that needs done to support the development of the players at Stadium Netball Club. She is trusted by all the players and as well as coaching and giving support she provides a shoulder to cry on.
Liz gives up countless hours to support the players and will be at almost every game any team at the club are playing in (there are currently 5 senior squads). She will offer advice to all players on the court which is massively appreciated by all. Liz mentors umpires in the club and County League and is a trusted and respected volunteer across Tyne & Wear.
Congratulations Phil Owen
This is for Phil’s support with the 2017 North West Goalden Globe Panel, it was thought the panel process would only take an hour but it ended up being a longer process than a one off session and communication took place over a couple of weeks.
Phil was always quick to respond and extremely thorough in the decision making process to give the nominees the time their applications deserved and often at short notice.
Phil plays a huge part in the Cheshire Community in which he takes on many roles he heads up the Safeguarding, is a County Coach, organises match play for county players, organises great tours as Tour Manager and is an Umpire.
Congratulations Steph Young
Steph has a great relationship with all of the junior and senior players at Wildcats. All the girls like and trust her and feel comfortable to approach her with any problems they have (particularly the U11 group…and us as coaches who sometimes just like to have a moan).
She has unofficially take on the role of ‘Team Momager’ and deals with crying, injuries, tantrums, arguments and always has time to listen to the girls, even if they just want to tell her how their day has been. No job is too big for Steph and she’s more than happy to support the club in any way she can – a real gem of a volunteer!
Congratulations Vicky Carnall
Outside of her results secretary role for Exeter and District Netball League Vicky coordinated this years Net10 for life fundraising campaign.
It was particularly poignant this year due to the loss of long standing committee member, player and umpire Wendy Thorpe, after a long battle with cancer. Vicky organized t-shirts in Wendy’s memory as well as the usual collections for Net10, resulting in the league raising £1,627.63, amazing!
Congratulations Judith Johnson
Judith has canvassed the area, putting up posters, talking to ladies in the coffee shops, hairdresser, and shops promoting the two walking netball sessions she was hosting.
She has worked with Harworth and Bircotes sports association and Bassetlaw local authority to clean an old court; add new netball markings and new posts for her new Monday session, finishing with tea, coffee and a gossip in the club house. Judith is a true advocate for walking netball in her community.
Congratulations Carla Garey
Working to increase league participation by finding different ways to promote and encourage others to join, setting up website introducing blogs
Congratulations Danielle Gould
Supporting Rutland league to increase participation, delivering a fun day encouraging more women into netball
Congratulations Gemma Rumble
Ongoing support with county affiliations
Congratulations Sian Saxby-Reid
Umpiring in local league continued development in officiating working towards ‘B’ Award and becoming league officiating Secretary