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MEN'S & MIXED UPDATE
CATCH UP ON ALL THE ACTION FROM OUR MEN'S & MIXED TEAMS BELOW...

April 10th, 2022

Men's Update

Since our last newsletter, the world of men's netball has continued to progress at an exponential rate. We have seen existing clubs recruiting new players, holding open days and hosting trials, and we've also seen new clubs popping up all around the country. It fills us with hope and joy as an organisation to see men's netball growing at such a rate, across every level of the sport!

At the highest levels of the men's game, we saw a host of fantastic events and progression points including, but not limited to:

  • Knights and Manchester Spartans attended the Rise Again festival (the biggest VNSL preseason tournament ever), and put in good performances amongst a host of strong VNSL teams, with Knights eventually finishing 5th amongst the 12 teams.

  • London Giants took on Northern Titans as a curtain raiser for the VNSL opening weekend up in Birmingham in-front of almost 2,000 fans. It was incredible to see men's netball given this stage and publicity.

  • Many teams have been playing elite level training games and acting as training partners for VNSL clubs before & during the season.

  • England Men's Trials were held in London with over 70 athletes putting in incredible performances and making our elite level selectors' jobs very tough. From this, the England Thorns men's national squad was selected, and the standard of our more junior players was so strong we were able to select an England Trailblazers U23 squad, with players across both teams being selected from 9 different clubs. This was a huge step forward for men's netball in this country. A special mention must go to Caroline S who was the first to nominate 'Thorns' as the name for our England men's team, and was followed by plenty more nominations of the same title afterwards!

  • Manchester Spartans took on a men's invitational team in a curtain raiser for the Manchester Thunder v Severn Stars game in Belle Vue in Manchester, continuing to raise the profile of our game.

On the horizon, we have a number of exciting up and coming events for men's netball:

  • On 28th May, the battle of London v Leeds is underway as Knights take on Northern Titans as an exciting curtain raiser ahead of London Pulse facing Leeds Rhinos at the Copper Box Arena Stratford in the VNSL. 

  • Men's exhibition/friendly matches across all of our clubs will be taking place over the summer in the lead up to EMMNA Nationals in August.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming months, as there is so much more in the pipeline for men's netball!

Mixed Update

There's lots going on in the world of mixed netball, with plenty of exciting opportunities to show off our fantastic sport up and down the country. A couple of the notable highlights are below...

Planning for our England Mixed trials is currently underway, and will be held in Belle Vue in Manchester on 22 May, from 12-6pm. If the England Thorns trials is anything to go by, this event will be a great success, bringing a new elite tier to mixed netball in England.

Warwick Mixed Netball Club are hosting a mixed netball tournament on 2 July, for 6 universities (including Warwick), which will be held over one full day, from 10am-5pm. This tournament will act as a pilot to help BUCS and other universities to recognise the interest and the demand for mixed netball amongst universities in England. We have already seen keen interest from Bath, Warwick, UCL, NTU, Royal Holloway and Birmingham. A few other clubs who have expressed interest and may also get involved are Exeter, UEA and Surrey.

The tournament will have a group stage, with two separate groups. The top two teams leaving the group stage will then compete in the knockout rounds (semi's and final), as well as a wooden spoon competition. The tournament will be less formal than an official tournament as it is being run by Warwick Mixed Netball Club, but it is still supported by EMMNA and BUCS. The tournament director will be the secretary. ofWarwick Mixed Netball, and umpires will be obtained from the women's game.

Oscar, our EMMNA Mixed Development Officer, is the tournament co-ordinator at Warwick, so there is clear support from EMMNA within this tournament. We have also had a meeting with BUCS officials Neal and Sasha, who are willing to give advice and guidance, as well as possibly look into publicising the event - something we are very excited about!

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MEMBERSHIPS UPDATE
FROM TARYN MOSS, EMMNA MEMBERSHIPS OFFICER

April 10th, 2022

This year, we signed a partnership with England Netball, and through this we were able to set up a subscription to EMMNA through their platform ENgage. Here are some FAQs on what you may find when using ENgage:

Why is there a fee to trial?

EMMNA is a non-profit organisation, and the fee charged for each player covers the administration for the event.

Why must I be a member of England Netball to trial for the EMMNA Men's or Mixed National teams?

England Netball is the national governing body (NGB) for netball. EMMNA is authorised to operate elite mixed netball and for the trials event to remain authorised, all participating players must have NGB membership as well as the association membership.

Why must I be a member of England Netball and pay the EMMNA Player Subscription?

The season runs from 1 September to 31 August, so the £35 EMMNA player subscription fee payable is for any player that participates in any EMMNA authorised activity such as trials, leagues and national tournaments. It covers the general administrative costs that enables the organisation to plan these events. There is a separate cost charged for each event.

Hopefully these FAQs help answer any queries you have, however if there is anything else you need to know or would like clarification on, please contact Taryn Moss at emmnamembership@gmail.com

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YOUTH UPDATE
HEAR FROM OUR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, SOPHIE HANSELL...

April 10th, 2022

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The 12th April 2002 saw the release of ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ in British cinemas. Audiences across the country were inspired by the story of a young girl overcoming/battling against gender and cultural stereotypes to pursue her dream of wanting to play football, traditionally a sport viewed as being for boys.

 

Fast-forward 20 years and the landscape for female football has changed dramatically - the sport at the elite level has been professionalised domestically, the Women’s Super League has a regular slot on terrestrial TV featuring highlights and analysis of games, and participation and spectatorship has sky-rocketed, as have the emergence of female footballing role models for young girls to look up to. I have since watched many interviews with England Lionesses and one consistent theme is that they had all experienced similar challenges as depicted in the film ‘Bend It Like Beckham’. They spoke of growing up playing football in the playground at school and with siblings at home, but of limited opportunities to play competitively and often having to be the only girl playing for boys’ teams. Additionally, the FA rules at the time prevented girls from playing with boys past the age of 12 so many had to try and find alternative teams/clubs and some even stopped playing altogether for a short period of time.

 

The parallels to boys aspiring to play netball are clear for all to see and there are similar barriers as we seek to establish our footing/position in a sport predominantly played by women and girls. The recent change in the mindset of the World Governing Body, World Netball, to include males in their latest strategic plan and talk about ‘embracing boys’ and men’s participation’ is hugely significant but there is still a long way to go. We have been collaborating with our colleagues from AMMNA and NZMMNA (both organisations have been in existence since the 1980’s, considerably longer than EMMNA) to discuss and share ideas of how we can work together to try and make netball what it should be, for ALL! We have also been liaising with staff/researchers at Brunel University who were involved in conducting research on behalf of the FA into mixed gender youth football, which resulted in the age limit for boys and girls being allowed to play together recently being raised to 18 years old. Interestingly, Denmark has no age limit as for mixed gender football, Holland and Switzerland have an upper limit of 19, and Germany and Italy have upper limits of 17.

 

We’re still in the planning stages but keep your eyes peeled for forthcoming announcements of a proposal for a national boys and mixed competition for schools and clubs due to take place next season, as well as the recruitment for members of a Youth Advisory Group at EMMNA. It is apparent that visibility is key, and the recent publication of the England Men’s Thorns and Trailblazers National squads is an opportunity for us to create male role models for young boys up and down the country and to start telling the stories of their journeys. Who knows, maybe we will have a netball sequel to the critically acclaimed film of 20 years ago……

I propose/my money’s on ‘Finish It Like Firminger’!

SPOTLIGHT: STAMFORD & RUTLAND JUNIOR NETBALL CLUB
BELOW ARTICLE WRITTEN BY MEMBERS OF STAMFORD & RUTLAND JUNIOR NETBALL CLUB

April 10th, 2022

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Stamford and Rutland Junior Netball Club (SRJNC) was formed in 2017. It now welcomes over 200 girls to training sessions weekly, and runs a popular junior netball league which hosts several clubs and tens of teams across six age groups. The club is passionate about sport for all, and has adopted England Netball's Bee Netball programme, which offers a framework for children to get a great start in life, through learning valuable social, emotional and teamwork skills. Bee Netball welcomes both boys and girls of primary school age to training and in competition settings.

However, there is a dilemma for clubs offering the Bee Netball programme. What happens to boys when they reach secondary school? Despite its huge intake of children, SRJNC has very few male members within the Bee Netball programme. This is likely due to the wide availability of other opportunities - the Stamford and Rutland area offers lots of sports - as well as the perception that netball is just for girls. Football, rugby and basketball clubs are well-established, and while many of the clubs are inclusive, participation is predominantly made up of boys.

So do boys need the option of netball too? Is there a need to consider male participation at all? Should clubs like SRJNC protect the unique female-focused foundation of netball? While most of SRJNC's male participants dropped out of the sport before they reached secondary school, one member stayed on. Calum L is 13, is tall, athletic and plays competitive football and rugby... but he loves netball too! His football team has female members, but he's repeatedly been told there's no place for him on the netball court. He wants to train and get better at the game, and his team-mates have welcomed and supported him, but with the exception of a few friendly games, he's never been allowed to join them in a competitive fixture.

In 2021, England Netball and England Men's and Mixed Netball Association (EMMNA) announced a new partnership with an aim of developing and growing the male game in England. There are now 20 clubs established with men's and mixed teams in England, with nearly 20,000 men playing fortnightly and many boys playing netball regularly at primary school. England Netball has pledged to support EMMNA with the development of the club, league and national structure for the men's game, and through consultation with England Netball members, it was clear that there was a desire for men and boys to be welcomed into the game, and to play a greater part in the future of what has been a traditionally female sport. England Netball and EMMNA believe, through this partnership, it is possible to grow the game whilst protecting the sport for female participants. It's a useful insight for clubs with boys that wish to stay on with their clubs after primary school.

 

Tina Sayers is co-founder of SRJNC, junior league secretary, and club coach, as well as Calum's mum. "Cal kept asking me if he would ever be allowed to play in our netball league, and I was starting to question why he couldn't. He trains with the girls and they've welcomed him into the group. He loves to play and he's a good player too. I saw a story about a male netball player, Chris Green, a semi-professional American footballer who has recently reached 50 caps for the men's netball team Knights. I contacted Chris on Facebook to ask for advice about Cal, and he put me in touch with EMMNA's Director of Development Jen Walsh. It was amazing to speak to Chris and Jen, and to realise the amount of work that is being put into the development of the men's game, and the incredible impact that this is having on the women's game, with men now being frequent training partners for our VNSL teams as well as the England Roses team. I began to challenge the idea that boys couldn't play competitively past junior school, researched news articles on mixed netball success from Australia, and found published studies that suggested boys and girls development was similar until well into their teens. Our club committee had always welcomed Cal to training, and they supported the idea of letting him play competitively, We have now made an official link with EMMNA as a provider of mixed netball, and from March 2022 we will allow boys that have been part of a Bee Netball programme to continue playing competitive netball on agreement with our league organisers. We don't expect this to compromise the experience of our girls, and will monitor this in the future to ensure that doesn't happen. In fact, we're excited to see this as a potential development opportunity for all of our players."

Cal's really excited to start playing competitively. His football team is scheduled to play on the same day as the netball club's sprint tournament, but he's adamant that he's going to play netball as soon as his football match finishes.

 

Why? To Cal, it's simple: "I just like playing!"

GIANT & KNIGHTS TAKE ON ENGLAND DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
SEE FULL WRITE-UPS BELOW FROM THESE EXCELLENT CURTAIN RAISER FIXTURES...

January 8th, 2022

What a weekend for Men’s netball with both the London Giants and Knights Men's Netball playing curtain raiser matches against England Development before the Vitality Roses took on the Jamaican Sunshine girls in Nottingham.

 

The first fixture of the weekend was London Giants, who came out all guns blazing with a strong start against the England Development side. Geoff Mackay (WA) was the lynchpin in attack for the Giants, with decisive and precise feeding into Damian Williams (GA) and Cy Lewis (GS) who continued their EMMNA Nationals winning form and flair.

 

The MVP was the always-impressive Jamal Nicholson in at GK/GD who combined seamlessly with Giant’s newest player Tommy Wiseman (GK/GD) who is certainly one to watch for the future. The two looked a very comfortable team, despite minimal minutes in the circle together, taking dramatic intercepts and blocking shots against the likes of Liv Tichine and Kira Rothwell. 

 

The London Giants were able to bring on their bench and give all members of their playing group court time, it was fantastic to see so many men given an exhibition opportunity. Giants were always in control of the game, with the final score 45-57 to London Giants.

 

The final fixture of the weekend was England Development taking on Knights Men's Netball, and it promised to be gripping from the very first whistle. Momentum swings from both teams saw the game continue in the closest of margins - tied at three quarter time, setting up for a thrilling final quarter.

 

Stand out performers were James (Jimmy) Thompson-Boston (GD) and Klem Speck (C and WD) who were hugely disruptive defensively against the England Development attacking end. Jimmy and Klem are training partners with London Pulse (alongside Lewis Keeling and James O’Connor) and it was a fascinating battle to watch against the likes of Rotherwell, Scholes, Rattu and Neal who are all contracted to London Pulse for the upcoming VNSL season. 

 

Ultimately, the experienced combination of Lewis Keeling (GS) and Chris Green (GA) proved to be too strong, with Knights pulling away in the last quarter, to seal the win 47-54 to Knights Men's Netball.

 

It was incredible to see such a display of netball, featuring two outstanding men’s sides competing against the future England Roses. What was most special was seeing the crowd on the edge of their seats watching the skill, athleticism and passion of our male netballers.

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CLUBS & REGIONS WE ARE CURRENTLY DEVELOPING IN...
SEE BELOW A FULL LIST OF CLUBS WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING WITH TO DEVELOP NEW TEAMS

January 7th, 2022

Please find below a list of the clubs & regions we are currently working with to develop men's, mixed & youth teams across the country & beyond. More details for those already established can be found on our EMMNA Club Finder - all are welcoming new players! If you are struggling to connect with the right individuals or want some support in identifying the right club for you or your child, please reach out to development@englandmmna.com and we would be more than happy to help you.

Greater London:

South East:

South West:

East of England:

East Midlands:

West Midlands:

North East:

North West:

Yorkshire:

Scotland:

  • Mixed: Glasgow University

Wales:

Guernsey:

  • Men's & Mixed: Guernsey Netball Association

Isle of Man:

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SPOTLIGHT: CHESTER MEN'S & MIXED NETBALL CLUB
QUESTIONS ASKED BY SOPHIE HANSELL, ANSWERS FROM CHRISTOPHER STANFORD...

January 8th, 2022

Our Youth Development Officer Sophie Hansell sat down with Christopher Stanford from Chester Men's & Mixed Netball Club to find out more about the club and their journey so far... 

 

How/when did you start?

Chester has had a mixed netball social league for a couple of years now. The last season ran from May to August and a team of people got together to create Chester Men’s & Mixed NC to provide opportunities to continue playing in the off-season. After a month long social media drive, the club opened its doors at the end of September 2021 and has since welcomed ever growing numbers, leading to the development of two competitive squads.

 

How would you describe your club?

Chester Men’s & Mixed NC is an inclusive, developing, and competitive club. We have tried to embed and sustain a culture where everyone is valued. We feel it’s important that our social netballers get just as much from the sessions as the competing teams. We also recognise the importance of developing youth players as they are the future of our club and the sport.

 

What have you learnt along the way?

Firstly, running a club is a commitment - the key thing is to get the right team behind the team! Qualified coaches, umpires, safeguarding/welfare officer, team managers, etc.….coming from a developed league meant we already had access to a number of these personnel, but our social media drive also brought a new crop of prospective club members who were passionate and wanted to be involved. Secondly, netball is skilful! Learn the basics, trust the process and understand that you often learn more when you lose, than when you win.

 

 What would you say is your biggest achievement to date?

Our growth! We are a club based on our ethos and our pledge to inclusion is our biggest achievement. Alongside this, being able to gain support of local clubs and seeing them get behind us. 

 

Any advice for other new clubs?

As follows; * Make an ethos right at the start and try and stay true to this. * Find the right people to be involved behind the scenes. * Use social media to help promote your club/sessions. * Don’t be afraid to reach out to local clubs/players and coaches. * The more knowledge you have, the better. * Aim to be the best you - with enjoyment, the rest will come in time. * Trust the process. 

 

What are your next steps? 

We are looking forward to developing our social side and competitive branches in the New Year. We have fixtures in the pipeline with the Isle of Man and University of Warwick, as well as Premier League and top division teams in our area. Hopefully, this will put us in the best position to play some of EMMNA’s top teams in due course.

If your team would be interested in featuring in the next spotlight feature, please email marketing@englandmmna.com

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NATIONALS UPDATE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
JEN WALSH TALKS THROUGH THE NATIONALS AWARD-WINNERS AND TOURNAMENT BEST BITS...

September 4th, 2021

On 7-8th August 2021, the inaugural EMMNA Nationals were held, kindly hosted by Nottingham Trent University. What. A. Weekend.

 

If you want to catch up on the livestream of any of the matches, visit Sideline.tv here. You can also find The Netball Show's EMMNA Nationals Special podcast here, Netball Scoop's fabulous round-up here, and a wonderful piece on our Men's Player of the Tournament, 15 year old James Firminger, here.

 

Big congratulations to the eventual winners:

  • Men's Champions - London Giants, Runners Up - Knights Men's Swords

  • Mixed Champions - London Giants, Runners Up - South West Hawks

  • Men's Player of the Tournament - James Firminger, Spartans

  • Mixed Player of the Tournament - Manish Manoj, Warwick University

  • Rising Star of the Tournament – Solomon Wright, Nottingham Trent University

  • Lifetime Dedication Award - Colyn Gordon, EMMNA Invitational

 

For me though, the tournament wasn't about the winners or losers. It wasn't about the individual successes or the moments that teach you the most. It was about paving a way for the future. It was seeing new role models being born before our very eyes. It was knowing that the youth workshop and exhibition match were the most important elements. It was watching the CEO of World Netball, Claire Briegal, present the awards. It was feeling the buzz that wasn't going to be forgotten by anyone when the weekend was over.

 

One comment in our post-match feedback survey summed it up beautifully for me - hope they don't mind that I've paraphrased:

 

"Pre-tournament I was only there for purely selfish reasons: to play well, to win as many games as possible, and to showcase myself for England selection. I now realise that there is such a need to promote men's & mixed netball - so that young boys have role models, and to support our elite female netballers who deserve to be at the Olympics. I was very impressed by the family atmosphere, & loved seeing so many like-minded people being united by the sport they love.

As a PE teacher, I know realise the importance of breaking down stereotypes of netball being a girl's sport & about boys that play netball. I endeavour to make a positive change at the school I work at so that anyone, regardless of gender, can play the sport they love. I am going to try and add netball to the boys' PE curriculum"

 

What I am most proud of is the after-math of Nationals. It wasn't a stand-alone event, it was a beginning.

 

Since that weekend in August, the EMMNA team have been contacted by multiple individuals wanting to set up new men's & mixed netball clubs, and many existing established clubs wanting to now welcome men & boys to netball. Keep an eye on our club finder here to see all the new additions coming soon!

 

A big & heartfelt thank you to all our readers, members, players & supporters for helping us to open eyes, open minds & open doors to men's & mixed #netballforall 

 

The future is so bright & so exciting!

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FULL LIST OF CLUBS TO JOIN
HERE IS A LIST OF ALL THE CLUBS WE KNOW OF, CURRENTLY INVITING MEN TO PLAY

September 19th, 2021

In addition to the 8 men's teams & 6 mixed teams that entered our 2021 EMMNA Nationals, we have a number of established clubs now embracing #netballforall and looking to build men's and mixed teams, as well as new clubs setting up! If you are familiar with, or local to, the below clubs please reach out to them and support them in their journeys to becoming truly all-inclusive. If you want to discuss with us the opportunity to set up a new club, please don't hesitate to get in touch via our socials or email development@englandmmna.com.

 

North East North East Men's Netball

North West Spartans Men's & MixedChester Men's NetballBeechwood Netball ClubManchester Fury NetballMeerkats Netball Club Carlisle*, Burnley Netball Club*

YorkshireNorthern Titans Men's Netball

East MidlandsNTU Netball (open to community in addition to students)

West MidlandsRyland Netball Club*

East of EnglandNorfolk United Netball ClubSuffolk Rockets

South WestSouth West Hawks Men's & Mixed NetballExeter NetballCrossbow Netball Club

South East Netball Ninjas*

Greater LondonKnights Men's Netball ClubLondon Giants Men's & MixedAbbey Flyers Nomads Netball Club, Beacons Netball*

 

*Welcoming all under 18s

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THANK YOU SPONSORS!
OUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THESE FANTASTIC SPONSORS...

September 19th, 2021

Once again, the team at EMMNA would like to extend our thanks on behalf of all our members to the wonderful sponsors, without whom the tournament would not have been possible. We encourage you to take a look at the products and services from these brilliant organisations, and do let us know if you take up any of the discounts on offer! 

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Gilbert - 20% off anything on the website (minimum spend £30) using code A_EMMNA20

Hybrid Pace

Netball Scoop

The Netball Show

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Physique - 10% off CLICK HERE

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Qtr Time Podcast

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MIXED EMMNA UPDATE

MIXED DEVELOPMENT OFFICER JEN WALSH GIVES US THIS MONTH'S UPDATE...

May 7th, 2021

Whilst we continue to plan for the inaugural mixed (& men’s) tournament upcoming on 7-8th August being hosted by Nottingham Trent University, the hidden treasure chest of university mixed netball has been discovered with a whole suite of mixed talent ready-made. Those in touch with EMMNA already include the impressive Warwick Mixed Netball Club who have over 90 members and the University of Birmingham who run a campus league involving 30 different mixed netball teams of varying standards. Following a couple of fantastic meetings with the BUCS netball committee & England Netball, we hope to have some more exciting news and opportunities to share soon!

We spoke to Warwick (pictured above) and asked them to give us a quick update on who they are, and we loved what they had to say:

Warwick Mixed Netball club focuses on ensuring everyone feels welcome to the sport, even if they've never played before, which is the case for a lot of our members. We want to make netball accessible for all genders and abilities. We have been an established club for around a decade; last year, we went from a casually-competitive club (in which we won our University Intramural League) to having our own development team! We love seeing the improvement of our players each week - it's very rewarding for the captains. We are currently discovering more and more mixed teams and cannot wait to continue expanding our horizons when COVID restrictions allow. COVID put a damper on our league matches, but we are excited to jump back into the game. Follow us on @warwickmnc

A big thank you from EMMNA also goes to the more established ladies netball clubs opening their doors to welcome men to their training: Crystal Palace, Norfolk United, New Cambell and Exeter Netball Club as well as a massive good luck to the new mixed netball club, London Giants, just starting out. We are pleased to announce the “EMMNA Onboarding Pack - Introducing Men to Club Netball” is now available, should your club be interested in a free copy, please email Jen Walsh on emmnamixed@gmail.com.

If you've read through this and felt inspired to get back into mixed, or just for those wanting to give social mixed netball a go for the first time, take a look at Leeds Jungle 7s – a sports & music festival that have recently included mixed netball in their line up!

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MEN'S EMMNA UPDATE

HEAR FROM LEWIS KEELING OUR EMMNA MEN'S DEVELOPMENT OFFICER IN THIS MONTH'S UPDATE...

May 3rd, 2021

Over the last few months as restrictions have lifted we have seen exactly what we hoped would happen post lockdown. Our existing men’s netball clubs have come back to life with passion and drive and with this resurgence many other clubs have awoken with men’s netball as a goal for their progression this coming year. The amount of support and engagement out sport is receiving at the moment is incredible. There is so much growth going on out there that we can’t hope to sum it all up in this newsletter and that in itself is a massive win for our sport.

With the EMMNA Men’s and Mixed National Championships planned for August, there is a lot to be done over the next few months but signs are incredibly good for a very well attended tournament.

 

With so many clubs planning their roadmap to nationals here’s some of the highlights from around the clubs:

Knights (London)

Knights continue to make big steps forward for men’s netball with a host of initiatives.

Multiple players from K1 continue to train twice a week with VNSL clubs London Pulse and Severn Stars. 

A team made up of Knights players from all three squads was invited to and is playing within the high-level Middlesex Premier Division.

Knights continue to run training sessions as they build towards their third annual open trials on the 26th of June in London (register here). 

 

Northern Titans (Yorkshire) 

Titans go from strength to strength as they continue to put up great results within the West Yorkshire League that they had their history making invitation to take part in during the relaxation of the restrictions mid lockdown. Reach out to them here.

NW Spartans (Manchester) 

Spartans are currently running training sessions and recruiting new talent as they build towards the first ever national championships. With a strong foundation this club will certainly have their eyes on the prize. Get in touch with them here.

South West Hawks (Bristol/Bath) 

Hawks are progressing well and have recently taken on some new influences within their management team.

They currently have an expression of interest form for their upcoming trials live on their Facebook page (here). We are very excited to how Hawks can capitalise on a part of the country that’s traditionally been a bit of a netball stronghold. 

London Giants

This new club built off the back of a pre-existing large AFL club are certainly creating some interest in the south. With both Men’s and Mixed variations on the table they hope to carve out a chunk of the London men’s netball scene for themselves. Early indications look like they are building good strong squads in both elements as we progress towards nationals. 

Their open day is being run on the 22nd of May and promises to be the start of their journey as a fully fledged club (register here). 

Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

NTU were a men’s netball club planned and born within lockdown. From an EMMNA expression of interest post for a midlands based club, NTU stepped forward to take up the challenge with a host of known existing players keen to be involved. 

They are currently running internal training sessions for university students and will very soon be opening up to external parties too as they put on the following events:

NTU Welcomes Men’s Netball to Lee Westwood Sport Centre
Saturday 22nd May, 10am @ Lee Westwood Sport Centre
Saturday 29th May, 10am @ Lee Westwood Sport Centre

In addition they are currently recruiting for a Lead Netball Coach (Level 2/ Level 3) to progress their programme. 

For all enquiries please contact:
louise.hopkin@ntu.ac.uk

Norfolk United NC

A newcomer to men’s netball but a huge existing netball club which we are so excited about having on board. Fantastic to see the ambition and gusto in which this club has entered the men’s netball space. 

They start their programme this week with 10 men signed up already (you can do so here). Watch this space! 

Exeter NC

Exeter NC are another new club to the men’s netball scene and are putting on two turn up and play sessions (details here) for men on the 12th and 19th of June at Clyst Vale Community College. It’s brilliant to see them taking this initiative in a largely untapped area for our sport.

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YOUTH UPDATE

YOUR QUARTERLY UPDATE FROM SOPHIE HANSELL OUR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICER...

May 3rd, 2021

Whilst the rest of the country went into lockdown and community netball was paused, the quiet trill of whistles being blown in playgrounds across the length and breadth of the UK could still be heard as netball continued to be delivered in schools. The added complication of pupils needing to be kept in year group bubbles also had a unexpected benefit as it meant that, in some instances, girls and boys were playing netball together in order to ensure sufficient numbers or provide competitive opportunities in the absence of being able to play fixtures against other schools.

 

Now, this is nothing new in itself; it is more common practice in primary schools where Bee Netball/High-5 Netball is often taught to entire classes in mixed gender groups and there are many incidences of GCSE PE cohorts covering netball in lessons, as well as the traditional boys v girls netball matches for leavers in secondary school.

 

However, there is a definite shift with a number of schools now opening up their curricular and extra-curricular provision to both genders. In addition to this, community provision offered by NSL franchises now welcome girls and boys to their camps/sessions. And why not? Since 2015-16, The FA has allowed boys and girls to play in the same teams up to the U18 age limit. ‘Safe Practice: in Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity’, written by experienced practitioners at the Association for PE, advises matching principles such as size, ability, confidence and previous experience in this instance, which could easily be replicated for netball.

 

The next challenge is to create a pathway for this new influx of players - players with a greater understanding and appreciation, players with an improved perception, and, ultimately, players with a new-found love for our sport. This is the future of netball! #netballforALL

Eng men.jfif

WHAT'S IT LIKE INSIDE AN ENGLAND CAMP?

FIND OUT WHAT IT WAS LIKE FOR TWO KNIGHTS PLAYERS WHO JOINED THE ROSES....

February 4th, 2021

"What is it like inside an England Camp?"

This is a common question, and something that we are sure many would like to know the answer to. With a couple of men's netball players invited to attend five days of the recent Legends Series camp, we thought it would be nice to provide some insight into the answer... 

"It was very clear from the word 'Go' that the times we are living in were going to have a huge impact on this incredible experience. Prior to attending camp, we had to undergo multiple PCR Covid-19 tests, as well as a week's isolation. We had to have specialist Covid-safe transport to the hotel, and on arrival we were tested a final time before we could enter the Roses bubble."

"The bubble however is not as you might imagine. The Covid rules and restrictions are strictly adhered to at all times when not physically on court. We were all confined to individual rooms at all times, barring once a day when we could stretch our legs and walk across the playing fields with another member of the squad - at a social distance. Three times a day we had a three-course meal delivered to each athlete's room (got to fuel the fire!), which were decked out with exercise bikes too. Outside of trainings, Zoom calls and WhatsApp groups were used to organise and discuss topics, as well as for evening entertainment like quizzes as well as hearing from guest speakers (Gareth Southgate/Oti Mabuse), and impromptu birthday parties with terrible zoom-call singing!"

"For training, all players wore masks at all times until you physically step out on court. The coaching staff wore masks at all times, unless they were in their own rooms. There are often multiple training and weight sessions per day, with activation at the start of any session being a highlight, with lots of fun as the coaches and players come up with different innovative games to get everyone moving and start their sporting brains ticking. Then, it's on to the technical training, learning the structures and applying them over and over again in differing scenarios, so that they become second nature. Finally comes the match play, which happened twice while we were in the camp, and the intensity was as high as any professional game. It was an absolute joy to play amongst players of this quality, and pretty awe-inspiring at times to see them work their craft up-close."

"The overriding themes of camp that we observed were professionalism/being respectful, and everyone having a voice. We loved every minute of our five days, and feel so privileged to have been invited, especially with all the extra effort that the England Netball staff had to go through to get us there due to Covid restrictions. It was also very clear that the players also felt this privilege in being able to play their sport when so many cannot at the moment."

"While in camp, we were treated as equals, the same as any other player. We were coached, seen by the physio, had our stats taken on our gameplay - you name it, it was available to us. For this acceptance and inclusivity, and for the opportunity to take part, we will always be incredibly grateful."

Snow%2520Harten_edited_edited.jpg

MIXED NETBALL UPDATE

SHOWCASE NETBALL IN NZ AND SNOWMEN IN THE NORTH...

February 3rd, 2021

pulse men.jpg

Since our last newsletter, we have seen the fantastic showcase of high-profile men's teams face international ladies teams out in New Zealand, by way of the Cadbury Series with NZ Men taking on the Silver Ferns, a NZ A team and the NZ Under 21s. This was a spectacular event, with some electrifying netball being played by all - highly recommend a watch! We are grateful, and inspired by, the collaboration of NZ Men's & Mixed Association, and the Silver Ferns for making the event happen. Watch this space (and our EMMNA social media pages) for updates on our progress over here in England - there's lots going on behind the scenes which is pointing us in a promising direction!

Now taking a look at grassroots - it's been excellent for us to build some momentum with equal netball opportunities in schools over the winter months. A special shout out goes to Newton Prep for their mixed netball super league, and Seaford College who had some boys join their netball training for the first time ever! If you are a teacher, coach or player, please don't underestimate the difference your voice can make. Get in touch with us if you want some guidance about where to start to open up netball for all, wherever you are. Together we must forge pathways for male & mixed netballers, within existing schools, clubs and universities.

Finally - one for the history books! A huge congratulations goes to Northan Titans men's team on being invited into the Yorkshire women's netball league! They will be the first men's netball team ever in the UK to play in a women's league (when lockdowns lift and play resumes). We can't wait to hear how they get on! Not only talented with a netball, Northern Titans also seem to have a way with snowballs.... the headline image for this update goes to their 2021 EMMNA snowman, "Snow Harten".....

TRAINING WITH A VITALITY NETBALL SUPERLEAGUE TEAM

KNIGHTS PLAYERS CONTINUE TO FUNCTION AS PULSE TRAINING ASSOCIATES...

February 2nd, 2021

Since the Vitality Superleague training associates scheme was launched in November, four Knights players have had the fantastic experience of attending at least two sessions per week with the London Pulse Vitality Superleague franchise.

In the run up to the Vitality  Superleague opening day on the 12th February (we are all very excited!), these Knights players have upped their commitment levels, rearranging their working lives not only to attend the evening sessions, but also multiple day sessions with the squad.

"The opportunity to be a part of this franchise's preparation, and witnessing the professionalism and sacrifice required of all involved from the inside (rather than just as opposition) has been awesome to behold," said one of the Knights training associates. He goes on to say how the work ethic, thought process and intense discussion these Pulse players, coaches & staff have towards their goals gives us all a really good indication and understanding of where men's netball needs to go in the coming years.

The relationship between Pulse and Knights, during a time where men's netball is at an on-court standstill, has been brilliant in allowing at least a small part of the Knights club to continue to learn and progress. Pulse have made it clear they feel the Knights players have certainly added benefit to their sessions too, which is great to hear.

We very much hope that initiatives like this one will be used more often in future, throughout all levels of the sport. Why not invite some sporty male participants down to your club's sessions and see what cross-code benefits you might gain from players of other sports..?!

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5 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR WELLBEING

KEY POINTERS FROM YOUR EMMNA WELFARE OFFICER...

January 30th, 2021

Looking after your wellbeing is tough at the best of times... even more so during an unprecedented and looooong lockdown!

 

There is no denying that everyone is feeling the strain when it comes to navigating our current situation, but for some top tips and tricks on how to stay resilient, present and on top of your wellbeing, check out the following tips:

1. Stay Connected

It's so easy to drop off the radar during a time when we are encouraged to meet less. As team sports-folk, we naturally love getting together, sharing common goals and working as a unit. Although we are unable to do this physically, we an still continue to stay connected virtually.

If you feel you need to, don't be afraid to talk about your feelings with others... but even if you're feeling pretty good, reach out and stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues. They may need you and there is nothing better than a natter. Technology is the way forward, and we - as team players - love adapting to new conditions.

2. Planning/Schedule Activities

Organise your week, schedule in pleasurable activities that you can look forward to (runs, HIIT classes, calls with friends, long walks, reading books, baking etc.). Putting in a designated time to do this will work wonders for your sense of achievement.

3. Competition

We know you love to get competitive, so create a challenge to maintain that sporting spark. How many KMs can you walk/run/cycle in a month as a collective group of friends, or as an individual against friends, or even in teams between friends? Creating winners, losers, chipping in with motivational chats and encouragement to get things done on a daily basis helps satisfy that competitive urge. Can you and your teammates walk the equivalent of Manchester to Perth in 8 weeks?! 

4. Prioritise

Work, kids, exercise, news overload... it's ALL going on. Make sure you prioritise and organise your time. Doing so will help make sure you are smashing your daily tasks and responsibilities, but also ensure that you are making time to relax and engage in the activities you love and enjoy, that provide you with a sense of meaning.

5. Sleep

Make sure you keep to a good sleeping pattern. Seven-nine hours per night is the ideal, and who doesn't love a cheeky 45-minute nap (if it's needed and possible)!? Keeping your body rested and fresh will do the same for your mind. Fact.

Lastly, if you notice yourself struggling - reach out to your GP or a mental health charity for support.

If you need any other assistance, please reach out to emmnawelfare@gmail.com.

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MEMBERSHIPS UPDATE: POST COVID-19

YOUR LATEST UPDATE FROM YOUR NEW MEMBERSHIPS SECRETARY...

August 19th, 2020

Hi, I’m Em Harvey and I am the Memberships Secretary for EMMNA. I am thrilled to be part of this exciting organisation in helping to grow the sport that we all know and love!

 

Some updates from me - if you have signed up for your EMMNA membership last year, last month or even last week then great news - your membership is being extended to 31 August 2021! This means that there will be even more opportunities to use your membership for the upcoming season, just in time to get back to netball in line with the Government's approved timeline.

 

There are a number of things going on behind the scenes with regards to your membership. We are currently in the process of putting together a membership package that gives more bang for your buck, and more information will be communicated once we have put this together. We are also looking at how the membership sign-up and payment system can work better for you, including how we use the information you provide us with to make your communications more bespoke.

 

If you have any feedback or ideas that we gladly welcome them, please email EMMNAmembership@gmail.com.

LONDON GIANTS NETBALL

LIMITED EDITION SOLIDARITY GUERNSEY

June 29th, 2020

Get your own training top, make a stance and help us raise money for important charities!
These tops are available to order for £30 + £2.99 postage. All profits will be donated between NHS Charities Together, Stonewall and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/
https://www.stonewall.org.uk/
https://www.nelsonmandela.org/

You can select AFL or Netball (Netball in unisex sizes S - 5XL, and features the Giants Netball and England Men's & Mixed Netball Association logos).
Please complete the form and make your payment to secure your order (and most importantly, first come first served on the number on the back! *Netball can choose between 0-99)
Deadline 1st July.

NETBALL NATION - EPISODE 16 WITH EMMNA PRESIDENT RYAN ALLAN

June 26th, 2020

This week we chat with Ryan Allan, president of England Men's & Mixed Netball Association about all things men's and mixed netball as well as his excitement for the future and how he started London Giants. We cover technology in sport and the latest from the ANZ. We also talk 2 point super shots!!
www.mynetballnation.com

NORTHERN TITANS NEW WEBSITE

25 June 2020

NEW WEBSITE

Lockdown has given the Titans chance to put together a one stop shop for all things Titans! News, schedule and all our contact details are there, and we hope you enjoy!  

Check it out: https://www.northerntitans.com/

KNIGHTS COACHING OPPORTUNITY

24 June 2020

Knights are looking to create a small, committed coaching team for its K2 and K3 squads for the coming 2020-2021 season. 

"These squads are a great representation of Knights and our ethos, and include some very talented players. We are looking to build on last season, which saw the creation and hugely positive beginnings of K3 as well as exponential progression of K2."

Full post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/knightsnetball

If you would like to get involved, please send an expression of interest and brief netball history/CV to knightsnetball@gmail.com before July 18th.

NEW EMMNA LOGO LAUNCHED!

19 June, 2020

We are very much looking forward to returning to court soon, and have been busy getting our brand new logo ready for you while in lockdown! Today we launch our new, ultra smart logo which you will see across all social media, as well as on our kits and merchandise in future. We hope you love it as much as we do, and look forward to wearing it back on court soon!

THE NETBALL SHOW - INTERVIEW WITH EMMNA PRESIDENT RYAN ALLAN

June 11, 2020

England Men's & Mixed Netball Association Ryan Allan on the news that London Giants Netball launch and what it means for Mixed netball here in the UK

UK MEN'S NETBALL PREMIER!

22nd April, 2020

In a time where we are starved of sport, you now have the chance to watch Knights v Titans from the comfort of your own home! 

Tune in on Saturday at 20:00 to watch footage from the first exhibition game where two men’s netball clubs battled it out. Knights second squad (K2) played Northern Titans in what was an epic clash, and you now get the chance to relive it all.

Link to watch is here!

We look forward to watching it 'as live' with you all.

WORLD CUP POSTPONED

21 March, 2020

Due to the current global situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and after considerable consultation and due diligence, the difficult decision has been made to POSTPONE the Men’s & Mixed Netball World Cup due to be held in October.


This is understandably very disappointing for all nations involved, but is the right decision to firstly ensure the health of all involved and to guarantee the success of the inaugural Men’s and Mixed World Cup. As a result, we have taken the decision to postpone the second stage of our England trials, however we will endeavour to hold these as soon as possible in line with the UK government’s recommendation.

Get in Touch

GREAT TURNOUT AT LONDON TRIALS!

1st March, 2020

What a day! We had a fantastic turnout for our first trial day in London, with some serious talent on display both from the men and the women in attendance. It has certainly made the selector's job tough!

The next trial date secured is in Leeds for anyone who couldn't make the London trial or is closer to the North of England, so good luck to everyone trialling on Saturday.

Get in Touch

NETBALL FOR BOYS IN LEEDS

28th February, 2020

Leeds Rhinos Netball Club have a free taster session for boys aged 7-13 years on March 7th.


To find out more or book places for your mini netballers, please visit the Leeds Rhinos website here.


We hope you enjoy the day - spread the word!

Get in Touch

COMMITTEE ROLES AVAILABLE

9th February, 2020

Since the announcement of the EMMNA Board, we have a number of Committee Roles for those who would like to be involved and help work towards delivering the aims of EMMNA as outlined on the homepage. 

To register your interest or apply for a role, please submit your application here.

If you would like any additional information about any of the roles, please email secretary@englandmmna.com and they will assist you with your query.

Get in Touch

WORLD CUP TRIAL DATES ANNOUNCED

8th February, 2020

Three trial dates have now been announced for the Men's and Mixed Netball World Cup in October this year.

The first date will be in London on 29 Feb, with a second date for those who live in the North of England in Leeds on 7 March. Those who are successful in their first trial will be invited to an additional London trial on 28 March.

Check out the Events page for full details of the trials, and to register.

Please note: you MUST have purchased EMMNA Membership prior to attending trials.

Get in Touch

EMMNA BOARD ANNOUNCED

15th January, 2020

England Men’s and Mixed Netball Association Board has been announced! 


We would like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in being involved with England Men’s and Mixed Netball Association (EMMNA). 

We are pleased to announce the EMMNA Board for 2020:

President / Chairperson: Ryan Allan
Vice President / Vice Chair: Rowena Scott-Fairclough
Secretary: Charlene Ponteen
Treasurer: Stephen Gregory, supported by Katie Gregory
Marketing and Communications: Caroline Buckland

With the Men's and Mixed Netball World Cup only 10 months away, we have a lot to do in this first year. We feel we have selected a very capable and experienced board, and one which is aligned with the association’s values and can deliver our ambitious goals.

Get in Touch

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WHAT'S IT LIKE INSIDE AN ENGLAND CAMP?

FIND OUT WHAT IT WAS LIKE FOR TWO KNIGHTS PLAYERS WHO JOINED THE ROSES....

February 4th, 2021

"What is it like inside an England Camp?"

This is a common question, and something that we are sure many would like to know the answer to. With a couple of men's netball players invited to attend five days of the recent Legends Series camp, we thought it would be nice to provide some insight into the answer... 

"It was very clear from the word 'Go' that the times we are living in were going to have a huge impact on this incredible experience. Prior to attending camp, we had to undergo multiple PCR Covid-19 tests, as well as a week's isolation. We had to have specialist Covid-safe transport to the hotel, and on arrival we were tested a final time before we could enter the Roses bubble."

"The bubble however is not as you might imagine. The Covid rules and restrictions are strictly adhered to at all times when not physically on court. We were all confined to individual rooms at all times, barring once a day when we could stretch our legs and walk across the playing fields with another member of the squad - at a social distance. Three times a day we had a three-course meal delivered to each athlete's room (got to fuel the fire!), which were decked out with exercise bikes too. Outside of trainings, Zoom calls and WhatsApp groups were used to organise and discuss topics, as well as for evening entertainment like quizzes as well as hearing from guest speakers (Gareth Southgate/Oti Mabuse), and impromptu birthday parties with terrible zoom-call singing!"

"For training, all players wore masks at all times until you physically step out on court. The coaching staff wore masks at all times, unless they were in their own rooms. There are often multiple training and weight sessions per day, with activation at the start of any session being a highlight, with lots of fun as the coaches and players come up with different innovative games to get everyone moving and start their sporting brains ticking. Then, it's on to the technical training, learning the structures and applying them over and over again in differing scenarios, so that they become second nature. Finally comes the match play, which happened twice while we were in the camp, and the intensity was as high as any professional game. It was an absolute joy to play amongst players of this quality, and pretty awe-inspiring at times to see them work their craft up-close."

"The overriding themes of camp that we observed were professionalism/being respectful, and everyone having a voice. We loved every minute of our five days, and feel so privileged to have been invited, especially with all the extra effort that the England Netball staff had to go through to get us there due to Covid restrictions. It was also very clear that the players also felt this privilege in being able to play their sport when so many cannot at the moment."

"While in camp, we were treated as equals, the same as any other player. We were coached, seen by the physio, had our stats taken on our gameplay - you name it, it was available to us. For this acceptance and inclusivity, and for the opportunity to take part, we will always be incredibly grateful."

pulse men.jpg

TRAINING WITH A VITALITY NETBALL SUPERLEAGUE TEAM

KNIGHTS PLAYERS CONTINUE TO FUNCTION AS PULSE TRAINING ASSOCIATES...

February 2nd, 2021

Since the Vitality Superleague training associates scheme was launched in November, four Knights players have had the fantastic experience of attending at least two sessions per week with the London Pulse Vitality Superleague franchise.

In the run up to the Vitality  Superleague opening day on the 12th February (we are all very excited!), these Knights players have upped their commitment levels, rearranging their working lives not only to attend the evening sessions, but also multiple day sessions with the squad.

"The opportunity to be a part of this franchise's preparation, and witnessing the professionalism and sacrifice required of all involved from the inside (rather than just as opposition) has been awesome to behold," said one of the Knights training associates. He goes on to say how the work ethic, thought process and intense discussion these Pulse players, coaches & staff have towards their goals gives us all a really good indication and understanding of where men's netball needs to go in the coming years.

The relationship between Pulse and Knights, during a time where men's netball is at an on-court standstill, has been brilliant in allowing at least a small part of the Knights club to continue to learn and progress. Pulse have made it clear they feel the Knights players have certainly added benefit to their sessions too, which is great to hear.

We very much hope that initiatives like this one will be used more often in future, throughout all levels of the sport. Why not invite some sporty male participants down to your club's sessions and see what cross-code benefits you might gain from players of other sports..?!

Snow%2520Harten_edited_edited.jpg

MIXED NETBALL UPDATE

SHOWCASE NETBALL IN NZ AND SNOWMEN IN THE NORTH...

February 3rd, 2021

Since our last newsletter, we have seen the fantastic showcase of high-profile men's teams face international ladies teams out in New Zealand, by way of the Cadbury Series with NZ Men taking on the Silver Ferns, a NZ A team and the NZ Under 21s. This was a spectacular event, with some electrifying netball being played by all - highly recommend a watch! We are grateful, and inspired by, the collaboration of NZ Men's & Mixed Association, and the Silver Ferns for making the event happen. Watch this space (and our EMMNA social media pages) for updates on our progress over here in England - there's lots going on behind the scenes which is pointing us in a promising direction!

Now taking a look at grassroots - it's been excellent for us to build some momentum with equal netball opportunities in schools over the winter months. A special shout out goes to Newton Prep for their mixed netball super league, and Seaford College who had some boys join their netball training for the first time ever! If you are a teacher, coach or player, please don't underestimate the difference your voice can make. Get in touch with us if you want some guidance about where to start to open up netball for all, wherever you are. Together we must forge pathways for male & mixed netballers, within existing schools, clubs and universities.

Finally - one for the history books! A huge congratulations goes to Northan Titans men's team on being invited into the Yorkshire women's netball league! They will be the first men's netball team ever in the UK to play in a women's league (when lockdowns lift and play resumes). We can't wait to hear how they get on! Not only talented with a netball, Northern Titans also seem to have a way with snowballs.... the headline image for this update goes to their 2021 EMMNA snowman, "Snow Harten".....

5_ways_of_wellbeing-01.png

5 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR WELLBEING

KEY POINTERS FROM YOUR EMMNA WELFARE OFFICER...

January 30th, 2021

Looking after your wellbeing is tough at the best of times... even more so during an unprecedented and looooong lockdown!

 

There is no denying that everyone is feeling the strain when it comes to navigating our current situation, but for some top tips and tricks on how to stay resilient, present and on top of your wellbeing, check out the following tips:

1. Stay Connected

It's so easy to drop off the radar during a time when we are encouraged to meet less. As team sports-folk, we naturally love getting together, sharing common goals and working as a unit. Although we are unable to do this physically, we an still continue to stay connected virtually.

If you feel you need to, don't be afraid to talk about your feelings with others... but even if you're feeling pretty good, reach out and stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues. They may need you and there is nothing better than a natter. Technology is the way forward, and we - as team players - love adapting to new conditions.

2. Planning/Schedule Activities

Organise your week, schedule in pleasurable activities that you can look forward to (runs, HIIT classes, calls with friends, long walks, reading books, baking etc.). Putting in a designated time to do this will work wonders for your sense of achievement.

3. Competition

We know you love to get competitive, so create a challenge to maintain that sporting spark. How many KMs can you walk/run/cycle in a month as a collective group of friends, or as an individual against friends, or even in teams between friends? Creating winners, losers, chipping in with motivational chats and encouragement to get things done on a daily basis helps satisfy that competitive urge. Can you and your teammates walk the equivalent of Manchester to Perth in 8 weeks?! 

4. Prioritise

Work, kids, exercise, news overload... it's ALL going on. Make sure you prioritise and organise your time. Doing so will help make sure you are smashing your daily tasks and responsibilities, but also ensure that you are making time to relax and engage in the activities you love and enjoy, that provide you with a sense of meaning.

5. Sleep

Make sure you keep to a good sleeping pattern. Seven-nine hours per night is the ideal, and who doesn't love a cheeky 45-minute nap (if it's needed and possible)!? Keeping your body rested and fresh will do the same for your mind. Fact.

Lastly, if you notice yourself struggling - reach out to your GP or a mental health charity for support.

If you need any other assistance, please reach out to emmnawelfare@gmail.com.

memberships pic.jpg

MEMBERSHIPS UPDATE: POST COVID-19

YOUR LATEST UPDATE FROM YOUR NEW MEMBERSHIPS SECRETARY...

August 19th, 2020

Hi, I’m Em Harvey and I am the Memberships Secretary for EMMNA. I am thrilled to be part of this exciting organisation in helping to grow the sport that we all know and love!

 

Some updates from me - if you have signed up for your EMMNA membership last year, last month or even last week then great news - your membership is being extended to 31 August 2021! This means that there will be even more opportunities to use your membership for the upcoming season, just in time to get back to netball in line with the Government's approved timeline.

 

There are a number of things going on behind the scenes with regards to your membership. We are currently in the process of putting together a membership package that gives more bang for your buck, and more information will be communicated once we have put this together. We are also looking at how the membership sign-up and payment system can work better for you, including how we use the information you provide us with to make your communications more bespoke.

 

If you have any feedback or ideas that we gladly welcome them, please email EMMNAmembership@gmail.com.

LONDON GIANTS NETBALL

LIMITED EDITION SOLIDARITY GUERNSEY

June 29th, 2020

Get your own training top, make a stance and help us raise money for important charities!
These tops are available to order for £30 + £2.99 postage. All profits will be donated between NHS Charities Together, Stonewall and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/
https://www.stonewall.org.uk/
https://www.nelsonmandela.org/

You can select AFL or Netball (Netball in unisex sizes S - 5XL, and features the Giants Netball and England Men's & Mixed Netball Association logos).
Please complete the form and make your payment to secure your order (and most importantly, first come first served on the number on the back! *Netball can choose between 0-99)
Deadline 1st July.

NETBALL NATION - EPISODE 16 WITH EMMNA PRESIDENT RYAN ALLAN

June 26th, 2020

This week we chat with Ryan Allan, president of England Men's & Mixed Netball Association about all things men's and mixed netball as well as his excitement for the future and how he started London Giants. We cover technology in sport and the latest from the ANZ. We also talk 2 point super shots!!
www.mynetballnation.com

NORTHERN TITANS NEW WEBSITE

25 June 2020

NEW WEBSITE

Lockdown has given the Titans chance to put together a one stop shop for all things Titans! News, schedule and all our contact details are there, and we hope you enjoy!  

Check it out: https://www.northerntitans.com/

KNIGHTS COACHING OPPORTUNITY

24 June 2020

Knights are looking to create a small, committed coaching team for its K2 and K3 squads for the coming 2020-2021 season. 

"These squads are a great representation of Knights and our ethos, and include some very talented players. We are looking to build on last season, which saw the creation and hugely positive beginnings of K3 as well as exponential progression of K2."

Full post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/knightsnetball

If you would like to get involved, please send an expression of interest and brief netball history/CV to knightsnetball@gmail.com before July 18th.

NEW EMMNA LOGO LAUNCHED!

19 June, 2020

We are very much looking forward to returning to court soon, and have been busy getting our brand new logo ready for you while in lockdown! Today we launch our new, ultra smart logo which you will see across all social media, as well as on our kits and merchandise in future. We hope you love it as much as we do, and look forward to wearing it back on court soon!

THE NETBALL SHOW - INTERVIEW WITH EMMNA PRESIDENT RYAN ALLAN

June 11, 2020

England Men's & Mixed Netball Association Ryan Allan on the news that London Giants Netball launch and what it means for Mixed netball here in the UK

UK MEN'S NETBALL PREMIER!

22nd April, 2020

In a time where we are starved of sport, you now have the chance to watch Knights v Titans from the comfort of your own home! 

Tune in on Saturday at 20:00 to watch footage from the first exhibition game where two men’s netball clubs battled it out. Knights second squad (K2) played Northern Titans in what was an epic clash, and you now get the chance to relive it all.

Link to watch is here!

We look forward to watching it 'as live' with you all.

WORLD CUP POSTPONED

21 March, 2020

Due to the current global situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and after considerable consultation and due diligence, the difficult decision has been made to POSTPONE the Men’s & Mixed Netball World Cup due to be held in October.


This is understandably very disappointing for all nations involved, but is the right decision to firstly ensure the health of all involved and to guarantee the success of the inaugural Men’s and Mixed World Cup. As a result, we have taken the decision to postpone the second stage of our England trials, however we will endeavour to hold these as soon as possible in line with the UK government’s recommendation.

Get in Touch

GREAT TURNOUT AT LONDON TRIALS!

1st March, 2020

What a day! We had a fantastic turnout for our first trial day in London, with some serious talent on display both from the men and the women in attendance. It has certainly made the selector's job tough!

The next trial date secured is in Leeds for anyone who couldn't make the London trial or is closer to the North of England, so good luck to everyone trialling on Saturday.

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NETBALL FOR BOYS IN LEEDS

28th February, 2020

Leeds Rhinos Netball Club have a free taster session for boys aged 7-13 years on March 7th.


To find out more or book places for your mini netballers, please visit the Leeds Rhinos website here.


We hope you enjoy the day - spread the word!

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COMMITTEE ROLES AVAILABLE

9th February, 2020

Since the announcement of the EMMNA Board, we have a number of Committee Roles for those who would like to be involved and help work towards delivering the aims of EMMNA as outlined on the homepage. 

To register your interest or apply for a role, please submit your application here.

If you would like any additional information about any of the roles, please email secretary@englandmmna.com and they will assist you with your query.

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WORLD CUP TRIAL DATES ANNOUNCED

8th February, 2020

Three trial dates have now been announced for the Men's and Mixed Netball World Cup in October this year.

The first date will be in London on 29 Feb, with a second date for those who live in the North of England in Leeds on 7 March. Those who are successful in their first trial will be invited to an additional London trial on 28 March.

Check out the Events page for full details of the trials, and to register.

Please note: you MUST have purchased EMMNA Membership prior to attending trials.

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EMMNA BOARD ANNOUNCED

15th January, 2020

England Men’s and Mixed Netball Association Board has been announced! 


We would like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in being involved with England Men’s and Mixed Netball Association (EMMNA). 

We are pleased to announce the EMMNA Board for 2020:

President / Chairperson: Ryan Allan
Vice President / Vice Chair: Rowena Scott-Fairclough
Secretary: Charlene Ponteen
Treasurer: Stephen Gregory, supported by Katie Gregory
Marketing and Communications: Caroline Buckland

With the Men's and Mixed Netball World Cup only 10 months away, we have a lot to do in this first year. We feel we have selected a very capable and experienced board, and one which is aligned with the association’s values and can deliver our ambitious goals.

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MEN'S EMMNA UPDATE

HEAR FROM LEWIS KEELING YOUR EMMNA MEN'S DEVELOPMENT OFFICER IN THIS MONTH'S UPDATE...

May 3rd, 2021

Over the last few months as restrictions have lifted we have seen exactly what we hoped would happen post lockdown. Our existing men’s netball clubs have come back to life with passion and drive and with this resurgence many other clubs have awoken with men’s netball as a goal for their progression this coming year. The amount of support and engagement out sport is receiving at the moment is incredible. There is so much growth going on out there that we can’t hope to sum it all up in this newsletter and that in itself is a massive win for our sport.

With the EMMNA Men’s and Mixed National Championships planned for August, there is a lot to be done over the next few months but signs are incredibly good for a very well attended tournament.

 

With so many clubs planning their roadmap to nationals here’s some of the highlights from around the clubs:

Knights (London)

Knights continue to make big steps forward for men’s netball with a host of initiatives.

Multiple players from K1 continue to train twice a week with VNSL clubs London Pulse and Severn Stars. 

A team made up of Knights players from all three squads was invited to and is playing within the high-level Middlesex Premier Division.

Knights continue to run training sessions as they build towards their third annual open trials on the 26th of June in London (register here). 

 

Northern Titans (Yorkshire) 

Titans go from strength to strength as they continue to put up great results within the West Yorkshire League that they had their history making invitation to take part in during the relaxation of the restrictions mid lockdown. Reach out to them here.

NW Spartans (Manchester) 

Spartans are currently running training sessions and recruiting new talent as they build towards the first ever national championships. With a strong foundation this club will certainly have their eyes on the prize. Get in touch with them here.

South West Hawks (Bristol/Bath) 

Hawks are progressing well and have recently taken on some new influences within their management team.

They currently have an expression of interest form for their upcoming trials live on their Facebook page (here). We are very excited to how Hawks can capitalise on a part of the country that’s traditionally been a bit of a netball stronghold. 

London Giants

This new club built off the back of a pre-existing large AFL club are certainly creating some interest in the south. With both Men’s and Mixed variations on the table they hope to carve out a chunk of the London men’s netball scene for themselves. Early indications look like they are building good strong squads in both elements as we progress towards nationals. 

Their open day is being run on the 22nd of May and promises to be the start of their journey as a fully fledged club (register here). 

Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

NTU were a men’s netball club planned and born within lockdown. From an EMMNA expression of interest post for a midlands based club, NTU stepped forward to take up the challenge with a host of known existing players keen to be involved. 

They are currently running internal training sessions for university students and will very soon be opening up to external parties too as they put on the following events:

NTU Welcomes Men’s Netball to Lee Westwood Sport Centre
Saturday 22nd May, 10am @ Lee Westwood Sport Centre
Saturday 29th May, 10am @ Lee Westwood Sport Centre

In addition they are currently recruiting for a Lead Netball Coach (Level 2/ Level 3) to progress their programme. 

For all enquiries please contact:
louise.hopkin@ntu.ac.uk

Norfolk United NC

A newcomer to men’s netball but a huge existing netball club which we are so excited about having on board. Fantastic to see the ambition and gusto in which this club has entered the men’s netball space. 

They start their programme this week with 10 men signed up already (you can do so here). Watch this space! 

Exeter NC

Exeter NC are another new club to the men’s netball scene and are putting on two turn up and play sessions (details here) for men on the 12th and 19th of June at Clyst Vale Community College. It’s brilliant to see them taking this initiative in a largely untapped area for our sport.

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WHAT'S IT LIKE INSIDE AN ENGLAND CAMP?

FIND OUT WHAT IT WAS LIKE FOR TWO KNIGHTS PLAYERS WHO JOINED THE ROSES....

February 4th, 2021

"What is it like inside an England Camp?"

This is a common question, and something that we are sure many would like to know the answer to. With a couple of men's netball players invited to attend five days of the recent Legends Series camp, we thought it would be nice to provide some insight into the answer... 

"It was very clear from the word 'Go' that the times we are living in were going to have a huge impact on this incredible experience. Prior to attending camp, we had to undergo multiple PCR Covid-19 tests, as well as a week's isolation. We had to have specialist Covid-safe transport to the hotel, and on arrival we were tested a final time before we could enter the Roses bubble."

"The bubble however is not as you might imagine. The Covid rules and restrictions are strictly adhered to at all times when not physically on court. We were all confined to individual rooms at all times, barring once a day when we could stretch our legs and walk across the playing fields with another member of the squad - at a social distance. Three times a day we had a three-course meal delivered to each athlete's room (got to fuel the fire!), which were decked out with exercise bikes too. Outside of trainings, Zoom calls and WhatsApp groups were used to organise and discuss topics, as well as for evening entertainment like quizzes as well as hearing from guest speakers (Gareth Southgate/Oti Mabuse), and impromptu birthday parties with terrible zoom-call singing!"

"For training, all players wore masks at all times until you physically step out on court. The coaching staff wore masks at all times, unless they were in their own rooms. There are often multiple training and weight sessions per day, with activation at the start of any session being a highlight, with lots of fun as the coaches and players come up with different innovative games to get everyone moving and start their sporting brains ticking. Then, it's on to the technical training, learning the structures and applying them over and over again in differing scenarios, so that they become second nature. Finally comes the match play, which happened twice while we were in the camp, and the intensity was as high as any professional game. It was an absolute joy to play amongst players of this quality, and pretty awe-inspiring at times to see them work their craft up-close."

"The overriding themes of camp that we observed were professionalism/being respectful, and everyone having a voice. We loved every minute of our five days, and feel so privileged to have been invited, especially with all the extra effort that the England Netball staff had to go through to get us there due to Covid restrictions. It was also very clear that the players also felt this privilege in being able to play their sport when so many cannot at the moment."

"While in camp, we were treated as equals, the same as any other player. We were coached, seen by the physio, had our stats taken on our gameplay - you name it, it was available to us. For this acceptance and inclusivity, and for the opportunity to take part, we will always be incredibly grateful."

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TRAINING WITH A VITALITY NETBALL SUPERLEAGUE TEAM

KNIGHTS PLAYERS CONTINUE TO FUNCTION AS PULSE TRAINING ASSOCIATES...

February 2nd, 2021

Since the Vitality Superleague training associates scheme was launched in November, four Knights players have had the fantastic experience of attending at least two sessions per week with the London Pulse Vitality Superleague franchise.

In the run up to the Vitality  Superleague opening day on the 12th February (we are all very excited!), these Knights players have upped their commitment levels, rearranging their working lives not only to attend the evening sessions, but also multiple day sessions with the squad.

"The opportunity to be a part of this franchise's preparation, and witnessing the professionalism and sacrifice required of all involved from the inside (rather than just as opposition) has been awesome to behold," said one of the Knights training associates. He goes on to say how the work ethic, thought process and intense discussion these Pulse players, coaches & staff have towards their goals gives us all a really good indication and understanding of where men's netball needs to go in the coming years.

The relationship between Pulse and Knights, during a time where men's netball is at an on-court standstill, has been brilliant in allowing at least a small part of the Knights club to continue to learn and progress. Pulse have made it clear they feel the Knights players have certainly added benefit to their sessions too, which is great to hear.

We very much hope that initiatives like this one will be used more often in future, throughout all levels of the sport. Why not invite some sporty male participants down to your club's sessions and see what cross-code benefits you might gain from players of other sports..?!

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MIXED NETBALL UPDATE

SHOWCASE NETBALL IN NZ AND SNOWMEN IN THE NORTH...

February 3rd, 2021

Since our last newsletter, we have seen the fantastic showcase of high-profile men's teams face international ladies teams out in New Zealand, by way of the Cadbury Series with NZ Men taking on the Silver Ferns, a NZ A team and the NZ Under 21s. This was a spectacular event, with some electrifying netball being played by all - highly recommend a watch! We are grateful, and inspired by, the collaboration of NZ Men's & Mixed Association, and the Silver Ferns for making the event happen. Watch this space (and our EMMNA social media pages) for updates on our progress over here in England - there's lots going on behind the scenes which is pointing us in a promising direction!

Now taking a look at grassroots - it's been excellent for us to build some momentum with equal netball opportunities in schools over the winter months. A special shout out goes to Newton Prep for their mixed netball super league, and Seaford College who had some boys join their netball training for the first time ever! If you are a teacher, coach or player, please don't underestimate the difference your voice can make. Get in touch with us if you want some guidance about where to start to open up netball for all, wherever you are. Together we must forge pathways for male & mixed netballers, within existing schools, clubs and universities.

Finally - one for the history books! A huge congratulations goes to Northan Titans men's team on being invited into the Yorkshire women's netball league! They will be the first men's netball team ever in the UK to play in a women's league (when lockdowns lift and play resumes). We can't wait to hear how they get on! Not only talented with a netball, Northern Titans also seem to have a way with snowballs.... the headline image for this update goes to their 2021 EMMNA snowman, "Snow Harten".....

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5 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR WELLBEING

KEY POINTERS FROM YOUR EMMNA WELFARE OFFICER...

January 30th, 2021

Looking after your wellbeing is tough at the best of times... even more so during an unprecedented and looooong lockdown!

 

There is no denying that everyone is feeling the strain when it comes to navigating our current situation, but for some top tips and tricks on how to stay resilient, present and on top of your wellbeing, check out the following tips:

1. Stay Connected

It's so easy to drop off the radar during a time when we are encouraged to meet less. As team sports-folk, we naturally love getting together, sharing common goals and working as a unit. Although we are unable to do this physically, we an still continue to stay connected virtually.

If you feel you need to, don't be afraid to talk about your feelings with others... but even if you're feeling pretty good, reach out and stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues. They may need you and there is nothing better than a natter. Technology is the way forward, and we - as team players - love adapting to new conditions.

2. Planning/Schedule Activities

Organise your week, schedule in pleasurable activities that you can look forward to (runs, HIIT classes, calls with friends, long walks, reading books, baking etc.). Putting in a designated time to do this will work wonders for your sense of achievement.

3. Competition

We know you love to get competitive, so create a challenge to maintain that sporting spark. How many KMs can you walk/run/cycle in a month as a collective group of friends, or as an individual against friends, or even in teams between friends? Creating winners, losers, chipping in with motivational chats and encouragement to get things done on a daily basis helps satisfy that competitive urge. Can you and your teammates walk the equivalent of Manchester to Perth in 8 weeks?! 

4. Prioritise

Work, kids, exercise, news overload... it's ALL going on. Make sure you prioritise and organise your time. Doing so will help make sure you are smashing your daily tasks and responsibilities, but also ensure that you are making time to relax and engage in the activities you love and enjoy, that provide you with a sense of meaning.

5. Sleep

Make sure you keep to a good sleeping pattern. Seven-nine hours per night is the ideal, and who doesn't love a cheeky 45-minute nap (if it's needed and possible)!? Keeping your body rested and fresh will do the same for your mind. Fact.

Lastly, if you notice yourself struggling - reach out to your GP or a mental health charity for support.

If you need any other assistance, please reach out to emmnawelfare@gmail.com.

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MEMBERSHIPS UPDATE: POST COVID-19

YOUR LATEST UPDATE FROM YOUR NEW MEMBERSHIPS SECRETARY...

August 19th, 2020

Hi, I’m Em Harvey and I am the Memberships Secretary for EMMNA. I am thrilled to be part of this exciting organisation in helping to grow the sport that we all know and love!

 

Some updates from me - if you have signed up for your EMMNA membership last year, last month or even last week then great news - your membership is being extended to 31 August 2021! This means that there will be even more opportunities to use your membership for the upcoming season, just in time to get back to netball in line with the Government's approved timeline.

 

There are a number of things going on behind the scenes with regards to your membership. We are currently in the process of putting together a membership package that gives more bang for your buck, and more information will be communicated once we have put this together. We are also looking at how the membership sign-up and payment system can work better for you, including how we use the information you provide us with to make your communications more bespoke.

 

If you have any feedback or ideas that we gladly welcome them, please email EMMNAmembership@gmail.com.

LONDON GIANTS NETBALL

LIMITED EDITION SOLIDARITY GUERNSEY

June 29th, 2020

Get your own training top, make a stance and help us raise money for important charities!
These tops are available to order for £30 + £2.99 postage. All profits will be donated between NHS Charities Together, Stonewall and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/
https://www.stonewall.org.uk/
https://www.nelsonmandela.org/

You can select AFL or Netball (Netball in unisex sizes S - 5XL, and features the Giants Netball and England Men's & Mixed Netball Association logos).
Please complete the form and make your payment to secure your order (and most importantly, first come first served on the number on the back! *Netball can choose between 0-99)
Deadline 1st July.

NETBALL NATION - EPISODE 16 WITH EMMNA PRESIDENT RYAN ALLAN

June 26th, 2020

This week we chat with Ryan Allan, president of England Men's & Mixed Netball Association about all things men's and mixed netball as well as his excitement for the future and how he started London Giants. We cover technology in sport and the latest from the ANZ. We also talk 2 point super shots!!
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NORTHERN TITANS NEW WEBSITE

25 June 2020

NEW WEBSITE

Lockdown has given the Titans chance to put together a one stop shop for all things Titans! News, schedule and all our contact details are there, and we hope you enjoy!  

Check it out: https://www.northerntitans.com/

KNIGHTS COACHING OPPORTUNITY

24 June 2020

Knights are looking to create a small, committed coaching team for its K2 and K3 squads for the coming 2020-2021 season. 

"These squads are a great representation of Knights and our ethos, and include some very talented players. We are looking to build on last season, which saw the creation and hugely positive beginnings of K3 as well as exponential progression of K2."

Full post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/knightsnetball

If you would like to get involved, please send an expression of interest and brief netball history/CV to knightsnetball@gmail.com before July 18th.

NEW EMMNA LOGO LAUNCHED!

19 June, 2020

We are very much looking forward to returning to court soon, and have been busy getting our brand new logo ready for you while in lockdown! Today we launch our new, ultra smart logo which you will see across all social media, as well as on our kits and merchandise in future. We hope you love it as much as we do, and look forward to wearing it back on court soon!

THE NETBALL SHOW - INTERVIEW WITH EMMNA PRESIDENT RYAN ALLAN

June 11, 2020

England Men's & Mixed Netball Association Ryan Allan on the news that London Giants Netball launch and what it means for Mixed netball here in the UK

UK MEN'S NETBALL PREMIER!

22nd April, 2020

In a time where we are starved of sport, you now have the chance to watch Knights v Titans from the comfort of your own home! 

Tune in on Saturday at 20:00 to watch footage from the first exhibition game where two men’s netball clubs battled it out. Knights second squad (K2) played Northern Titans in what was an epic clash, and you now get the chance to relive it all.

Link to watch is here!

We look forward to watching it 'as live' with you all.

WORLD CUP POSTPONED

21 March, 2020

Due to the current global situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and after considerable consultation and due diligence, the difficult decision has been made to POSTPONE the Men’s & Mixed Netball World Cup due to be held in October.


This is understandably very disappointing for all nations involved, but is the right decision to firstly ensure the health of all involved and to guarantee the success of the inaugural Men’s and Mixed World Cup. As a result, we have taken the decision to postpone the second stage of our England trials, however we will endeavour to hold these as soon as possible in line with the UK government’s recommendation.

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GREAT TURNOUT AT LONDON TRIALS!

1st March, 2020

What a day! We had a fantastic turnout for our first trial day in London, with some serious talent on display both from the men and the women in attendance. It has certainly made the selector's job tough!

The next trial date secured is in Leeds for anyone who couldn't make the London trial or is closer to the North of England, so good luck to everyone trialling on Saturday.

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NETBALL FOR BOYS IN LEEDS

28th February, 2020

Leeds Rhinos Netball Club have a free taster session for boys aged 7-13 years on March 7th.


To find out more or book places for your mini netballers, please visit the Leeds Rhinos website here.


We hope you enjoy the day - spread the word!

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COMMITTEE ROLES AVAILABLE

9th February, 2020

Since the announcement of the EMMNA Board, we have a number of Committee Roles for those who would like to be involved and help work towards delivering the aims of EMMNA as outlined on the homepage. 

To register your interest or apply for a role, please submit your application here.

If you would like any additional information about any of the roles, please email secretary@englandmmna.com and they will assist you with your query.

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WORLD CUP TRIAL DATES ANNOUNCED

8th February, 2020

Three trial dates have now been announced for the Men's and Mixed Netball World Cup in October this year.

The first date will be in London on 29 Feb, with a second date for those who live in the North of England in Leeds on 7 March. Those who are successful in their first trial will be invited to an additional London trial on 28 March.

Check out the Events page for full details of the trials, and to register.

Please note: you MUST have purchased EMMNA Membership prior to attending trials.

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EMMNA BOARD ANNOUNCED

15th January, 2020

England Men’s and Mixed Netball Association Board has been announced! 


We would like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in being involved with England Men’s and Mixed Netball Association (EMMNA). 

We are pleased to announce the EMMNA Board for 2020:

President / Chairperson: Ryan Allan
Vice President / Vice Chair: Rowena Scott-Fairclough
Secretary: Charlene Ponteen
Treasurer: Stephen Gregory, supported by Katie Gregory
Marketing and Communications: Caroline Buckland

With the Men's and Mixed Netball World Cup only 10 months away, we have a lot to do in this first year. We feel we have selected a very capable and experienced board, and one which is aligned with the association’s values and can deliver our ambitious goals.

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NATIONALS UPDATE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
JEN WALSH TALKS THROUGH THE NATIONALS AWARD-WINNERS AND TOURNAMENT BEST BITS...

September 4th, 2021

On 7-8th August 2021, the inaugural EMMNA Nationals were held, kindly hosted by Nottingham Trent University. What. A. Weekend.

 

If you want to catch up on the livestream of any of the matches, visit Sideline.tv here. You can also find The Netball Show's EMMNA Nationals Special podcast here, Netball Scoop's fabulous round-up here, and a wonderful piece on our Men's Player of the Tournament, 15 year old James Firminger, here.

 

Big congratulations to the eventual winners:

  • Men's Champions - London Giants, Runners Up - Knights Men's Swords

  • Mixed Champions - London Giants, Runners Up - South West Hawks

  • Men's Player of the Tournament - James Firminger, Spartans

  • Mixed Player of the Tournament - Manish Manoj, Warwick University

  • Rising Star of the Tournament – Solomon Wright, Nottingham Trent University

  • Lifetime Dedication Award - Colyn Gordon, EMMNA Invitational

 

For me though, the tournament wasn't about the winners or losers. It wasn't about the individual successes or the moments that teach you the most. It was about paving a way for the future. It was seeing new role models being born before our very eyes. It was knowing that the youth workshop and exhibition match were the most important elements. It was watching the CEO of World Netball, Claire Briegal, present the awards. It was feeling the buzz that wasn't going to be forgotten by anyone when the weekend was over.

 

One comment in our post-match feedback survey summed it up beautifully for me - hope they don't mind that I've paraphrased:

 

"Pre-tournament I was only there for purely selfish reasons: to play well, to win as many games as possible, and to showcase myself for England selection. I now realise that there is such a need to promote men's & mixed netball - so that young boys have role models, and to support our elite female netballers who deserve to be at the Olympics. I was very impressed by the family atmosphere, & loved seeing so many like-minded people being united by the sport they love.

As a PE teacher, I know realise the importance of breaking down stereotypes of netball being a girl's sport & about boys that play netball. I endeavour to make a positive change at the school I work at so that anyone, regardless of gender, can play the sport they love. I am going to try and add netball to the boys' PE curriculum"

 

What I am most proud of is the after-math of Nationals. It wasn't a stand-alone event, it was a beginning.

 

Since that weekend in August, the EMMNA team have been contacted by multiple individuals wanting to set up new men's & mixed netball clubs, and many existing established clubs wanting to now welcome men & boys to netball. Keep an eye on our club finder here to see all the new additions coming soon!

 

A big & heartfelt thank you to all our readers, members, players & supporters for helping us to open eyes, open minds & open doors to men's & mixed #netballforall 

 

The future is so bright & so exciting!

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FULL LIST OF CLUBS TO JOIN
HERE IS A LIST OF ALL THE CLUBS WE KNOW OF, CURRENTLY INVITING MEN TO PLAY

September 19th, 2021

In addition to the 8 men's teams & 6 mixed teams that entered our 2021 EMMNA Nationals, we have a number of established clubs now embracing #netballforall and looking to build men's and mixed teams, as well as new clubs setting up! If you are familiar with, or local to, the below clubs please reach out to them and support them in their journeys to becoming truly all-inclusive. If you want to discuss with us the opportunity to set up a new club, please don't hesitate to get in touch via our socials or email development@englandmmna.com.

 

North East North East Men's Netball

North West Spartans Men's & MixedChester Men's NetballBeechwood Netball ClubManchester Fury NetballMeerkats Netball Club Carlisle*, Burnley Netball Club*

YorkshireNorthern Titans Men's Netball

East MidlandsNTU Netball (open to community in addition to students)

West MidlandsRyland Netball Club*

East of EnglandNorfolk United Netball ClubSuffolk Rockets

South WestSouth West Hawks Men's & Mixed NetballExeter NetballCrossbow Netball Club

South East Netball Ninjas*

Greater LondonKnights Men's Netball ClubLondon Giants Men's & MixedAbbey Flyers Nomads Netball Club, Beacons Netball*

 

*Welcoming all under 18s

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THANK YOU SPONSORS!
OUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THESE FANTASTIC SPONSORS...

September 19th, 2021

Once again, the team at EMMNA would like to extend our thanks on behalf of all our members to the wonderful sponsors, without whom the tournament would not have been possible. We encourage you to take a look at the products and services from these brilliant organisations, and do let us know if you take up any of the discounts on offer! 

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