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
Hello players, umpires, coaches and parents
In the next couple of days information will be sent out from divisional reps (both adult and junior leagues) about the plans for return to netball. We need teams to respond quickly if they are planning to play this winter. We have set out previously the actions you will need as teams to have in place- membership of EN completed and a CoVID officer . You will receive the CoVID risk assessment and details of next steps including dates for briefing meetings. The CoVID risk assessment and other forms will be posted here. Any questions, please ask. We are here to help
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.
A netball league to optimise playing opportunities for girls aged 8-18.
We organise matches for 34 teams in the league, comprising of affiliated England Netball Members. The league also offer umpiring training and coaching opportunities for our junior members. We offer a safe and fun environment for junior members to enjoy netball.
Meet the Committee
STEPH BRIVIO OBE- Chair, Safeguarding Officer
HAZEL SKINNER – Vice -Chair, Secretary, Divisional Representative (Div 4)
ALLISON ALLEN – Treasurer, Fixtures & Results Secretary, New Player Representative
JILL MCCANDLESS – Umpire Coordinator, Divisional Representative (Premier)
SHARON SUMMERFIELD – Complaints Secretary, Divisional Representative (Div 1), Media Rep
TARA ADAMS – Complaints Secretary, Publicity Representative, Divisional Representative (Div 2)
ISOBEL KYLE- Medway Emeralds Representative, Divisional Representative (Intermediate)
EMILY CLARK – Divisional Representative (Div 3)
The committee are here to answer any questions