Congratulations to Libra Lea Netball Club, who have just been confirmed as a silver CAPS club. This accreditation is given to clubs who can demonstrate that they are offering good quality netball provision within their community.
Having formed as a new team just over 4 years ago in September 2010, Libra gained their bronze CAPS in November 2012, and has now successfully upgraded this to Silver. The club has gone from strength to strength in it short life, and now boosts over 40 members, ranging from U14s to seniors and very senior. We also have a very strong and dedicated coaching team, comprising of 3x Level 2 coaches, who have experience of coaching at County academy Level and Senior Regional Level, 6x Level 1 assistant coaches, and both ‘C’ award and beginner award umpires. Playing in the Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley Leagues, we have successfully gained promotions each season and now have teams in Division one of all these leagues, plus other teams that are successfully developing and progressing their way through the lower divisions. Although growing each year, the club still has a strong family emphasis and is enjoyment motivated. The club is based at Ellowes Hall Sports College and trains indoors in the Sport Hall every Tuesday evening 7pm – 9.30pm.
As a way of celebrating it successes, the clubs annual presentation evening took place at the end of November at DK Rugby Club. With over 100 people attending, the evening was a great opportunity to praise its stars of the 13.14 season. We were delighted to have Ian Fuller, our local international umpire, as guest of honour, and Ian presented awards to our most deserving players, members and supporters! Our wonderful winners included; Zoe Oakley and Charlie Hardman-Vaughan – joint best junior newcomers; Leanne Nicklin for best senior newcomer; Team of the Year to the Walsall Sat girls; Holly Owen for best junior; Sarah Cooke, most improved player for the second year running, and Debbie Owen for Clubman of the Year. Capping off a fantastic individual year, which included representing the West Mids at the British Colleges National Trials at Sheffield, captaining her college team to winning the U19 South Staffs County Schools Tournament and then going on to win the Walsall Sat league Player of the Season, our overall Player of the Season 13.14 went to Megan Priest.