Every year the netball community, organised by England Netball, convenes at the Goalden Globe awards to celebrate and honour the sport’s magnificent army of volunteers and unsung heroes.

England Netball is now – remarkably – in its 90th year, giving this year’s bash an extra bit of gloss. The first award of the evening was the National Long Service Award, handed out to those who have dedicated much of their lives to improving netball across the country. The winners were Valerie Challis, Cheryl Dewhirst, Margaret Fuller, Vanessa McErlain-Naylor, Margie McGee, Patricia Meadows, Rita Shea and Louise Swainson – each one of them thoroughly deserving of their moment in the limelight.

VOLUNTEERING FOR THE LOVE OF NETBALL

Volunteers in netball – that’s essentially everyone at grassroots level, from coaches to secretaries and umpires – don’t do it for recognition or awards. They do it because they love netball, and without them we would not have a functioning, structured set-up in this country.

Last year we met and featured Jean Leigh, who won Grassroots Coach of the Year. The pride Jean took in winning the award was genuinely touching, a real validation of these awards. This year the baton was handed on to Tracy Watt. Tracy was honoured for her sterling work at all levels from grassroots to performance, adults and children. Tracy is well respected coach who has had a positive and lasting impact on so many players passing through the clubs Tracy has dedicated her time to.

Tracy will be writing a guest blog for KUDOS on her experiences in netball that led to being honoured with this award.

Click here for a full run-down of all of the awards handed out.

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Whatever the size of your netball club and whatever your standard, we are dedicated to not only making high quality, custom made netball kit but supporting the sport from grassroots level to the very top.

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