From the small group of mums reminiscing about playing netball and others looking for a local club that set the club in motion in 2005, Wallingford Netball Club has gone from strength to strength, and now has approximately 140 members from the age of 7 upwards.
We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming club and are always looking for new players, so if you're interested in playing netball with us get in touch – we'd love to hear from you!
The Senior club started with only 10 members, no coaches and no umpires. The club has grown rapidly (with around 20 to 30 players regularly attending training), a qualified and experienced coaching team, and several qualified umpires. We aim to provide all levels of players the opportunity to enjoy their netball and achieve as much as they are able and wish to. We have players that play purely for some friendly, social exercise and others that are looking for the competitive challenge of league matches; as a club, we aim to provide both and everything in between. Check out our Seniors section for more info.
The Junior club started a year after the Senior club, and has grown even faster than anyone could have imagined. We offer weekly training and competitive opportunities from the age of 7 upwards, and regularly have over 100 players attending the training sessions. The club has a great atmosphere, with girls from a wide range of schools coming together to enjoy playing netball and develop their skills with our experienced and friendly coaching team.
The club provides opportunities for all of the girls to enjoy their netball and reach their potential – part of this is sending players to the Oxfordshire Academy Trials, where appropriate. The Junior club is closely linked with the Senior club, making the transition into Senior netball a smooth one. Our Junior players are encouraged to get involved in coaching and umpiring, should they wish to, with some of the older Junior members now helping with the running of the club as coaches, umpires and team managers. Our Senior players also help out with umpiring and coaching the Juniors. Check out our Juniors section for more info.
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Club founders and players – 2005
Wallingford Netball has thriving junior and senior clubs that train on Monday and Tuesday nights respectively.
Sessions are run by experienced and qualified coaches with help from assistant coaches. The club is run by volunteers and so we encourage all our senior members to assist during training sessions with the hope that they may wish to complete their own qualification and start leading training sessions. The coaching qualifications are United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) and are recognised by England Netball.
All junior and senior matches are overseen by qualified umpires or those working towards their England Netball coaching awards. Once again, we encourage our members to complete umpiring qualifications. Trainee umpires will be supported during club training to umpire matches, to gain confidence and experience.
Our coaching and umpiring team are:
Becky – Senior Lead Coach – Level 1 UKCC Netball coach; C Award umpire
Hannah – Assistant Senior League Coach, U17 Lead Coach
Hannah – Level 2 UKCC Netball Coach; Beginner Award umpire working towards C award
Caiti – Level 2 UKCC Netball coach
Flick – Junior Lead Coach – Level 2 UKCC Netball Coach
Kate – Under 18 C
Grace – Under 18, Into Officiating (IO), working towards C award
Club Action Planning Scheme (CAPS)
Wallingford Netball Club has a Silver CAPS rating. This covers the areas of safeguarding and protecting children, quality coaching and officiating, equal opportunities and good management and indicates that we are a well run club which is active and accessible. Silver award clubs have also demonstrated a further commitment to ensuring a club environment which provides a higher quality of coaching, leadership and volunteer opportunities for young people.
Our Silver CAPS Award was gained in September 2017 and is valid for four years. We are continuing to work hard towards meeting the Gold criteria so that we can upgrade in the future.
What is CAPS?
The Club Action Planning Scheme or CAPS is an accreditation scheme for netball clubs with junior sections. It is aligned to Sports England Clubmark scheme which is the only national cross sports quality accreditation scheme. It is built around a set of core criteria which ensures that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards. Clubs achieving this accreditation are recognised nationally as having a well run club which is active and accessible. This means getting the best out of young people and giving everyone a sporting chance.
CAPS has three levels of accreditation. Bronze, Silver and Gold. Bronze CAPS is the first level, incorporating the Clubmark criteria and covers the areas of safeguarding and protecting children, quality coaching and officiating, equal opportunities, and good management. Bronze must be achieved before Silver or Gold. Silver and Gold CAPS is about demonstrating further quality across the areas of coaching, officiating, and developing volunteers. Clubs achieving Silver or Gold are demonstrating that they have met the minimum operating standards required for Clubmark, but have also demonstrated a further commitment to ensuring a club environment which provides a higher quality of coaching, leadership and volunteer opportunities for young people.
Why is CAPS important to us?
The club is run by volunteers who take great pride in ensuring that it is run to a high standard. By achieving CAPS it provides recognition of how well the club is run and makes sure that we have everything in place that we should have. We want to make sure that our players, coaches, umpires, and volunteers can have confidence that they are part of a club that will not only provide them with netball opportunities, but take care of them and provide development opportunities too.
It also helps us ensure we help young people achieve their potential and give everyone a sporting chance, whilst ensuring that that the club is fun and friendly to be involved in.
CAPS enables the club to develop in a wide range of areas such as:
It’s something we work hard to achieve and are very proud of!