The South East Regional Netball Forum which has adopted a new
and unique approach to supporting community clubs, is focusing on
supporting those on the ground, with a passion for the sport, to
drive developments in the area.
Increased memberships, of up to 100% in some cases, are now
being reported by the clubs falling under the new Forum, which has
brought together the South East and Wye Valley league associations
to offer a combined approach of developing opportunities across the
The Forum, which also brings in Sport Wales, the University of
South Wales, the Local Authorities of Newport, Blaenau Gwent,
Monmouthshire, Caerphilly and Torfaen, and the Urdd as partners,
benefits from a number of new advantages which are allowing local
decisions, based on local demands to be made.
Greater insight and understanding into the regional landscape,
and the sharing of data, best practice and other resources across
the partner organisations has allowed the forum to deliver
impressive results against the new regional netball strategy, which
is now the agreed focus for all forum members.
Alongside providing an agreed strategy and shared pool of
resources and insight, supporting those on the ground to increase
participations numbers, the forum has allowed a number of new
The Urdd are working with Welsh Netball to jointly develop a new
Primary School Competition, which will see the integration of
previously separate Welsh language competition and school based
competitions into one league.
The forum has also ensured that for first time, netball will
provide options for every age group, from toddlers to adults.
The approach marks a significant change in the delivery of netball,
providing resources to support youngsters coming into the sport
from just 3 years of age.
Sport Wales Senior Officer, Sarah Roberts comments:
"The initial results that the forum is showing are extremely
encouraging. There is no doubt that we have always had
extremely passionate people on the ground dedicated to developing
opportunities in their individual areas, we now however have all of
these individuals working together for one common goal.
"The forum has allowed the clubs in the region to focus their
efforts based on real evidence such as the Sport Wales School Sport
Survey, and Welsh Netball data to help inform local
decisions. They are now also supporting each other across the
area through sharing expertise and resources."
Vicki Randall of Cwmbran Juniors added:
"We have seen a massive increase in players this season from
around 50 to 90 girls playing from u10s-u13s.
"The forum helped us in terms of recruiting extra volunteers,
and also in identifying funding opportunities and then gaining
access to this funding. It also meant that we have been able
to introduce Netball Tots, thanks to the new development pathway
that has been produced for the region, which is obviously a great
additionally for us as a club and for the local region.
"The improved links that we now have with our Local Authority
thanks to the forum has not only supported all of the above but
also has led to the introduction of local netball hubs, to support
some of our older players to develop their skills at a higher
"The future of Cwmbran Youth is very bright."