Oldham Netball Club say ‘female-only sports are forgotten about’ as they call to be allowed to resume training
Oldham Netball Club is asking to be allowed to resume training to support the physical and mental health of the 200 girls and women who are members of one of the country’s leading amateur sides. The Premier League and junior U14 and U16 champions resumed training at the beginning of July, following fully the government and England Netball guidance of being in small groups of six and without sharing a netball or any other equipment. However, when local restrictions were introduced in Oldham on 27 July, the Club were told that this resumption had to stop with just one group of six at a time being able to train and not on multiple courts. Pamela Hazelton, Oldham Netball Club’s Head Coach, said: “It is simply not fair that our amateur but high-performance athletes have had no training or match play for almost six months – and still have nothing to aim for or look forward to, especially at a time when many other sports locally – within the same areas of local restriction – move to match play and more intense training. “To our huge frustration it feels like, as a female-only sport, we are forgotten about. “At a time when we’re being encouraged to get fit and active for our physical and mental health, we cannot offer anything to our players and coaches.” Oldham Netball Club have now written to England Netball, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Members of Parliament, the government, local authority and Sport England asking for permission to train in groups of six on multiple outdoor netballs courts and to share a netball within a court ‘bubble’. Debbie Hallas, Premier Team Coach at the Club, said: “We do not believe these are particularly onerous requests, especially at a time when – even in areas of local restrictions like Oldham – people are allowed to gather in pubs, restaurants and shops – indoor spaces where the risk from coronavirus is so much higher than outside. “Our Club has a duty to serve our members and bring back the sport we love in an organised and safe way. We have no doubt we can do that. We just need the opportunity. “The level of caution at returning to a new normal way of life threatens to have an impact well beyond Covid – on mental and physical health, the effects of which could last a lifetime.” ENDS
SQUAD Alex Martin, Berri Neil, Ellie Williams, Kate Leddy, Frankie Southern , Georgia Southern, Niahm Taylor, Kasmin Narnor , Zahra Mirza, Millie Marsden, Stacey Tankoua, Hannah Diamond. COACH -Pam Hazelton Assistant Coaches Jackie Reid and Clair Christy Day 1: ONC take to the court for the first game against Leeds athletic. Quarter 1 sees ONC take the lead 10-1 with some beautiful link-up play from the front 4. Quarter 2 & ONC are leading Leeds athletic 15/2.. quarter 3 saw Stacy replace franky southern at WD to produce some real pressure on the Leeds attack. ONC win the game 31/7 with Berri Neil (ga) & Alex Martin (GS) missing just one shot each.
47 Teams (under 12 category) from across the United Kingdom came together to contest who would be crowned under 12s pontins champions - Oldham Falcons were keen to retain their title from the previous year.
Day 1 - Group F: Won 11:0 Vs Parkside B Won 12:0 Vs Leyton Won 10:1 Vs Eagles Won 9:1 Vs Woodley White Won 9:2 Vs Swan Sapphire Won 14:0 Vs Conquerers Cherokees Won 11:0 Vs Hatfield B Won 17:0 Vs Worcester B Drew 6:6 Vs Turnford A We came top of our group scoring 99 goals and conceeding just 10 - this made Falcons the highest ranked team of the day as we qualified to contest for the 'Cup' on day 2.
Day 2 - Group F - Cup: Won 10:0 Vs Woodley White Won 10:2 Vs Hertford Hornets Won 12:2 Vs Jelly Tots Won 9:4 Vs Parkside A We came top of our group scoring 41 goals and conceeding just 8 - again this made Falcons the highest ranked team which saw the team qualify for the knock-out stage.
Quarter Final: Won 8:5 Vs Poole
Semi Final: Won 8:4 Vs Woodley Blue This set up a final match with Turnford A - which was a repeat of the final from the previous year.
Final: Won 12:10 Vs Turnford A after extra time (was 7:7 at normal time after a great turnover from Katie Mundy which gave Falcons the opportunity to draw level with the last shot during normal time - brilliant team work)
Shooting Statistics: Hannah Fletcher - 78 from 95 = 82% Rebecca Tudor - 40 from 49 = 82% Georgia Perry - 50 from 68 = 74%
Last season saw some very big significant changes to England Netballs (EN) performance section and following the review of this, Greater Manchester County Programme for 2014/2015 is outlined below.
We will continue to run one under 16 County Academy and one Under 14 Satellite Academy. The Under 14 will run for a minimum of 15 sessions and a maximum of 30 sessions and the Under 16 will run for a maximum of 30 weeks. Each age group will have a specific night to train for the coming season and will train on a weekly basis term time only (where possible due to differences in school holidays).
Under 14’s will train on a Tuesday evening and Under 16 will train on a Wednesday evening. Both age groups will train 7-9pm at Wright Robinson Sports College. All sessions will cost £5 per session.
Commitment is extremely important so anyone who cannot commit to this schedule is asked not to trial. The initial training dates are below.
All athletes are free to apply to trial for one county via the NW web site www.netballnorthwest.org.uk during the month of May. After the 31st May no applications will be accepted. Athletes should seek advice from coaches and teachers on whether they feel they are of the required standard to apply and consider very carefully if you honestly believe they have the ability and dedication to go far – please use CAPTIVE guidelines until further documents are released from EN.
This programme is very intense, there is homework and a lot of it is about continuing to train in their own time. They have to be able to time manage; education is so important at this age that they cannot afford to let studies drop. They also have to fit in club and school commitments and other sports and of course have a life – family time, friends etc etc. We are looking for the top 20 athletes in the county per age group.
Trials will be high intensity as directed by EN. They will be over 2 days (numbers dependent) and after the first day some will be asked not to attend the second day.
Saturday 13th September will be a 3 hour game session i.e. they will just play matches. They will have to wait for results so expect that to be an hour after session finishes. • Under 14 9.30-12.30pm • Under 16 2-5pm
Sunday 14th September will be a 3 hour session of fitness and Strength & Conditioning testing, skills and game play – Girls will not have to wait for a decision, these will be emailed out. • Under 14 9.30-12.30pm • Under 16 2-5pm
England Netball have also still lifted the barrier on which County you can trial for with the theory behind this being about logistics of travelling i.e. attend your closest county. However, what still remains is once a girl has applied to one County for a trial they cannot apply to another and this will be monitored. Therefore if any of your athletes have applied for another County they must not apply for Greater Manchester.
ALL CURRENT ACADEMY ATHLETES MUST STILL APPLY THROUGH THE SAME PROCESS.
Now please spread the word to all your players, coaches, parents, fellow teachers etc. etc. etc. as the deadline to apply for trials for 2014/2015 is 31st May 2014 so please advise everyone to go to netballnorthwest.org.uk to apply.