Following on from the sad news that our Founder Pam Woolmer has died we reprint the article that Pam gave us in 2008. As a League we will look forward to celebrating Pam’s significant contribution to Medway Netball as soon as we are able to return.
From Pam Woolmer Founder of Medway Netball League
I started playing for the Territorial’s in Maidstone when I left school in 1946 then in 1953 I started a team in Cuxton (ladies) as they were called. The next year I wrote to all the large shops and factories in Maidstone and the Medway towns asking if they were interested in playing netball. asking them to attend a meeting in Cuxton-I cried when I got there it was packed- a committee was formed and everybody went home with their job to do and so Maidstone and Medway Netball League was formed!
Cuxton Ladies won the league that year. I left to have a baby and moved to Borstal where I formed another team. I think we won the League the first two years; my memory is not as good as it once was! At that time I loaned the League some photos for a reunion at the Stirling centre, if anyone has any knowledge of their whereabouts please let me know.
My second child was born soon after and I was playing for Standard Telephones, finally my 3rd monster arrived, you know her as Janet so you can imagine my troubles had just quadrupled!!
During the following years I played for the Post Office, joined Bramar badminton club and provided the getaway car for my husband who was a football referee. By the time my 4th child came along I decided to give up playing netball.
In 1979 I was asked to the “cutting of the cake celebrations of the ¼ centaury and have since presented cups at the Presentation dances or matches. A few years ago I was asked to be President and was honoured to accept, I never missed a committee meeting the whole time I was in office.
The love of netball never passes. When I come and watch I am on the court playing in mind if not in body and I know I have passed this love onto Janet and Amy my granddaughter.
Good Luck in the future and may you keep expanding.
Janet and her family wanted to add these words: Our mum had a passion for life, her family was her greatest passion but one of her proudest achievements was the forming of the Medway league…she would want everyone of you to continue to enjoy the sport she loved and continue to support the League to grow in her memory, she was our rock and we will miss her desperately. 
Happy New Year to all netballers and officials and their families. We hope you are keeping well but know that the ongoing pandemic is very challenging. There is more positive news with the vaccine but rates in Medway remain very high. The Committee will be meeting in the next few days to agree a restart plan and we will communicate that as soon as we can. Tier 4 is clear there can be no adult netball and with schools in Medway closed it is important we play our part in getting infection rates down. We all want to get back to playing as soon as we can in a safe way for all. In the meantime we hope you are finding ways to keep fit and healthy..
Best wishes MNL Committee
While we are waiting to return safetly to netball, check out this merry “Fitmas” challenge…..have fun and let us know how you get on!


We are all awaiting the end of these national lockdown restrictions on 2 December. The government has indicated that grassroots sport can resume in all 3 tiers subject to some mitigations if areas are in tier 3. Given the high Medway figures there is a risk we will be in tier 3 and so will send out more information after Thursday once the tiers are announced. We can assure you our risk assessments are in place and as we are running friendly matches we are ready to begin play again as soon as we have assessed the information. In the meantime stay safe and keep checking back on the website. MNL

LEAGUE UPDATE – 10/10/2020 – Winter Season to start on 27th October, 2020 Early 7.15 – Late 8.20 Start Tuesday & Wednesday nights


Senior games will return on Tuesday 27 October and Juniors on Saturday 31 October. All games will be played as friendlies. All umpires should have received information from Michelle Ray. If anyone has any questions please contact a member of the Committee or your divisional rep.

Track and Trace is mandatory for the League so please do follow the procedures
at the courts at Rainham Girls. The first few weeks are important as we see how the the preparations we have in place play out.

Further information will be sent out in the next week.

Please do not attend the netball centre should you be experiencing any CoVID 19 symptoms or if requested to self isolate.  Good luck everyone and stay safe



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I hope you will have seen that England Netball has today given the green light for the restart of netball at grass roots level, subject to significant precautions being put in place.  This is good news and the Committee – both junior and adult branches – have been planning for this day and we now need to get our plan signed off with Rainham Girls school and EN.  We will begin that work this weekend when, subject to getting agreement from the school, we will visit the courts and try and execute our plan. As soon as we have a viable plan we will communicate with you. Please go to englandnetball.co.uk to read the latest update.

The main points are

·       Every league and club is required to have a CoVID 19 officer.  For the league, this will be our President Chris Olivares who has already begin the risk assessmnets in partnership with Rainham Girls School

·       Netball training will be allowed for groups of up to 30 per court subject to appropriate risk assessments being in place

·       Leagues can return from 26 September subject to conditions and of course if there are no local lockdowns or further government restrictions.

·       There are a number of modifications – including:

o   4ft spacing at start of play – so for example, the WD needs to be 4ft away from WA at start of play

o   3ft distance for marking has been extended to 4 ft

o   If you aren’t involved in active play you must keep 4ft away from other players

All of these modifications will be explained in the coming weeks. For now we need to know:

·       Does your team want to play?

·       Do you as an individual want to play? So maybe other team members are still not comfortable about playing but some individuals are.  Let us know as we may be able to sort something out.

·       You are prepared to sign up to test and trace procedures

Please contact your divisional rep. If you don’t have a divisional rep but do want to play from September, please contact any member of the Committee or via the contact box on the website

Please do send in questions and we will collate them and reply to everyone via the website.

To play in the league you will need to be a member of EN so do check that out on their website now.

That is all for the moment.  This is good news for netball. We are aware though that some people will have had different experiences during the lockdown period and may people we know remain anxious about social distancing and the safety of netball. So do ask us questions and seek advice.  We are here to help

Keep safe everyone and hope to see you all soon.

Best wishes

MNL Committee

All conceded games fees have now been paid. Any refunds due have now been moved to a credit on your “account”.  Thanks everyone. 

PLEASE BE REMINDED to not put registration cards and money in the Results Box.  Any Registration Cards posted will not be passed on by the Results sectary until our next committee meeting so you could run the risk of playing unregistered players.

If you are trying out a player and they have EN membership you cannot play them as a taster player, that category is restricted to non members only.

You would need to pay Medway registration and complete a new reg card too. If they wanted to change teams they would then be subject to transfer rules re the Constitution.
For the moment if you add new players proof of EN membership is required.

Don’t lose points on technicalities!


New Registration card available to download now from Documents *can be submitted in advance of playing to Div.Reps without players signature required but, MUST be signed by team secretary.  However, if registering on the night to play, should be completed and signed by both player and team secretary.
Note. All result cards must be received within seven days of the match, be fully legible and fully completed, include each player’s name in full and be signed by both umpires. The name of the team submitting the card must be clearly written on the front of the card. One point will be deducted from an offending team for non compliance.


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Senior League

Our Summer league has 5 divisions with 8-10 teams in each division which play at our central venue. Fixtures are played from Monday – Thursday at either 7:15pm or 8:35pm. Games are 4 x 15 minutes and need a qualified umpire.

Our winter competition has 4 sections with 8-10 teams in each section. Fixtures are played Tuesdays or Wednesdays, either at 7:15pm or 8:15pm. Games are 4 x 10 minuites and need a qualified umpire.

Back to Netball

On hold at the moment, check here for any updates. Stay safe & well everyone. Pauline & Isobel

Our Back  to Netball group meets on Thursday to train and play. We have two Level 2 England netball Coaches, assistant coaches and qualified umpires to help and support women who want to learn how to play netball. If you are interested in joining, use the contact form below.

Junior Netball League

League games are played at Rainham Netball Centre on Saturday mornings. We offer junior umpire training & methods into coaching for members. All players are affiliated upon joining the league.
Division 3&4 – 9.10am matches.
Division 1 & 2 – 10.25am matches.
Premier & Intermediate – 11.40am matches.

Games are 4 x 10 minutes throughout the seasons.

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