On Saturday night (05.11.2022), England Netball invited members of the Netball Family from across the country to the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham to celebrate the National ONE Awards.
The ONE Awards is the new-look celebration, recognising the incredible contributions made by individuals and organisations leading the movement on and beyond the court in local communities up and down the country.
Due to the global pandemic, the 2020 awards were held virtually followed by a stripped back celebration as part of the Vitality Roses’ international series in 2021. So 2022 was the first large scale in person event with a room full of nominees, other members of the Netball Family and special guests since 2019!
There were 20 award recipients throughout the night, from those who have dedicated 25 years or more to netball to those who have made their mark on our sport in its biggest year yet!
It was over to Joan Mills, England Netball President, to kick off the proceedings by presenting the award for those young volunteers who have completed 400 hours as part of the Pass on your Passion programme within the last two years.
The star-studded evening boasted a number of special guests from both within netball and the wider sporting landscape, such as England stalwarts and recent retirees Stacey Francis-Bayman and Eboni Usoro-Brown who joined the evening to announce the recipients of the Inclusion Award, Long Service Award, Unsung Hero and Club of the Year.
Francis-Bayman also proudly presented Colette Thomson MBE with a Special Recognition Award – a moment which carried huge personal significance after Thomson coached the England defender early in her career.
Following Stacey on stage later in the evening, former Vitality Roses captain Sara Francis-Bayman stepped up to present the Coach of the Year award.
To close the awards, attendees were treated to a very special video message from Vitality Roses Zara Everitt and Ellie Rattu who are currently competing in the Fast5 Netball World Series in New Zealand.
All the recipients and presenters on the evening can be found below:
2022 National One Awards Winners:
Pass on your Passion, presented by Joan Mills (England Netball President)
Anja Miller (NW)
Becky Etchells (SW)
Sian Kelly (SW)
Young Netball Volunteer presented by Joan Mills (England Netball President)
Ziana Butt (LSE) and Amy Tomlin (SW)
Teacher of the Year Award presented by Ama Agbeze (Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist)
Samantha Evans (WM)
Coach of the Year (Children and Young People) presented by Katy Ryan (England Netball Director of Development)
Claire Bowen (EM)
Inclusion Award presented by Stacey Francis-Bayman (Former Vitality Rose)
Lyndsey Barrett (E)
Long Service Award presented by Stacey Francis-Bayman (Former Vitality Rose)
Special Recognition Award presented by Stacey Francis-Bayman (Former Vitality Rose)
Colette Thomson MBE
Mary Bulloch Community Volunteer Award presented by Janet Wrighton MBE (Former England Netball President)
Sally Essex (LSE)
Sheelagh Redpath Officiating Award presented by Sheelagh Redpath
Susan Wilkinson (E)
Coach of the Year (Adults) presented by Sara Francis-Bayman (Former Vitality Rose)
Phyll Karkoski (E)
Murial McNally Award presented by Lindsay Sartori (Former England Netball President)
Louise Hastie (SW)
Unsung Hero presented by Eboni Usoro-Brown (Former Vitality Rose)
Ann Selby (S)
Club of the Year presented by Eboni Usoro-Brown (Former Vitality Rose)
Wyre Netball Club (NW)
It goes without saying that this sport could not happen without the thousands of volunteers who help make netball happen. This year has been a year like no other and we have seen once again how every member of the Netball Family has made their mark on our wonderful sport. England Netball want to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you.
If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering in netball, click here.