FEES: Thank you very much for so many people paying fees, if you haven’t please do so asap. We will chase in the next couple of weeks, but it is great if we don’t have to!
FIXTURES: Fixtures from the respective leagues are now coming in thick and fast and we will endeavour to get them on the website calendar asap so that people can plan their lives! So far, we have Premier and Northern on there. We have just started to get the remaining senior leagues and these will be on the Google calendar later this week. We have no details of any junior fixtures as yet.
CLUB HANDBOOK: I am pleased to say that the updated version of the Club Handbook is on the Club Info page of the website, containing details of our coaching team and all other information that you need eg kit reminders. Please print this off and have a read and encourage your athlete to read! We are likely to announce squads for the season on about 16 September, eg A & B, and senior squads, although these will have the usual health warnings on them about subject to change/no guarantee of court time etc.
PARENT INFORMATION EVENING/PARENT HELPERS: There will be a meeting for parents of U14/16/seniors at GSAL on Thursday 14 September at 7pm, with Anna and Maggie. U12 and U11 parent information meetings will also be organised in the coming weeks. These meetings will emphasise all that is written in the Club Handbook and bring this to life. It is a great opportunity to ask the coaches questions and understand our approach to running the Club. Immediately after this meeting, there will be an opportunity for all those who offered to help to see what roles remain to be filled and how people can help with the running of the club. In the meantime, Susie is talking to those who have already offered to help and we hope to be able to provide new contact details for each age group mid-September.
UMPIRING/COACHING/TABLE OFFICIALS: We are always keen to encourage our parents to get involved in the game, particularly where it helps to provide more and better quality opportunities for athletes. Information about these opportunities is on the Club Info page of the website. We have a specific opportunity coming up to learn about being a table official for higher performance games (eg Prem/SuperLeague/World Cup in Liverpool). This will be on Sunday 29 October at Leeds Beckett for the morning. Once this has been subsidised by Yorkshire Netball and Club, it will cost about £10 and be really valuable learning about the game and be a formal qualification! Let me know if you are interested, I will be asking parents of some of the older athletes, so be warned! Likewise, if any athletes want to volunteer eg as part of Duke of Edinburgh etc, then get in touch with Susie.
PATHWAY STUFF: We have lots of our athletes in the various pathways, either locally or further afield, which is a huge credit to the hard work of the Club and the athletes. There is a meeting between Yorkshire Netball and England Netball and various stakeholders on 11 September. If there is any new information available, we will make sure that our coaches and athletes are informed. If anyone hasn’t already entered for Leeds Rhinos Netball and wants to, please see the link here: http://www.leedsrhinosnetball.co.uk/ There are camps for the younger athletes, as well as Academies for experienced players and hubs for newer athletes. All this complements Leeds Athletic Club activity.
GOOD LUCK/WELL DONE: Good luck to our athletes trialling in various activities in the coming weeks. Well done to our mini netballers in their tournament and to our Netball Night teams. Good luck to those starting new education stuff as well!
GETTING READY FOR THE SEASON AHEAD: Now is a good opportunity to be looking at league rules for the respective leagues that your athlete will be playing in. We don’t put these rules on our website because they are subject to change, but you can usually get them from the relevant website for the league.
AUSTRALIA COUNTDOWN: We were blessed with the weather to make a great garden party for our lucky athletes travelling to Australia next year. With less than a year to go, the athletes spent time together eating, chilling and doing some great team games (thanks Lisa Fox!). Inevitably we are having some changes to those who want to travel on this trip, there may be one place available in the coming week. If anyone is really interested, get in touch.
WATCHING NETBALL: Only 3 weeks to go to FASTFIVE and a great chance to watch some exciting netball in London. A few of our athletes/former athletes will be playing, Lucy and Rosie Harris, Nat Haythornthwaite, Imogen Allison, Jess Shaw etc. There is also the Malawi test series to watch live, which is great for young athletes to go and learn whilst watching and enjoying a social. See if you can hook up within age groups and go in groups to make it even more fun!
TUESDAY NIGHT TRAINING: Our U12C training, for some of our U11 athletes, will start on 12 September. Assessment for this group will be for those currently attending the Sunday morning sessions.
TRAINING: Training is back on this week, if anyone has any outstanding forms to complete and hand in, please bring them this week.
KIT: Louise is ready to order kit, which does take a long time to come! Please get in touch with her if you need to order kit asap! I have copied her in so you have her email address!