Libra Lea Silver CAPS

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.


Dudley Leisure Youth Squad Success

Congratulations to Dudley Leisure Youth Squad Under 16’s who participated in a tournament in Shrewsbury over the weekend of 8th & 9th March.


The highlight was being presented with their runner-up medals by Sasha Corben – England senior player.  Four of the girls are in the U16 South Staffs County Academy and two of them are in the U14 Satellite Academy; while Katie White (U14) is going for National Screening.  Also seven of them are qualified umpires.  Most certainly a talented bunch of girls!


This young team is coached by Lindsay Male who played in the original Dudley Leisure team some years ago.  The majority of the squad are Dudley

girls who will be playing in this year’s netball league based in West Bromwich at the George Salter Academy.  The age group train on Monday evenings from 6.30pm – 8.00pm at “Evolve” in Dudley.  Any enquires – please contact Lindsay on 01384 274933.


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Congratulations Sally Ann Chambers !

The league committee send their congratulations to our Chairman, 

Sally, who has gained her Level 2 Coaching Award.

This involved Sally travelling to Wilnecote High School in Tamworth over 7 weekends.

Anyone that knows her will be aware of her determination and enthusiasm!  If she set her sights on something then she goes after it.

Very well done!

Midrange Netball Club

Last season, for Midrange was the corner stone that the club is aiming to capitalise on for the forthcoming year.  Together we managed to successfully remain in the regional league, win Division 1 in the winter league and not to be outshone, our other squads gained promotion into division 1 and division 2.  It is an exciting time for the club, we successfully ran our 1st ever tournament donating money to a remarkable fellow netball player, and won several other tournaments that we competed in.

This season we need to utilise the players that we have, and ensure we remain in a strong position in regional league.  We cannot under estimate the competition, there are two new teams coming in that will be determined to remain.  We have to focus on playing each opponent with the same gutsy spirit that we know we are capable of, and dominate their game play.

The club has achieved so much in the last few years, we have a number of U19 players that are pushing for positions in higher teams, a number of talented skilful players making up four squads and we have fantastic club support from Jo and Jeanette (Asst. Coach and Manager).  All this momentum and support will be used to give us the best opportunities throughout the forthcoming season, and not forgetting, we will be sporting our new Midrange playing kit !

Let the games begin ………….


Presentation Evening

Our thoughts are already starting to turn to the arrangements for this year’s end of season netball presentation.

Those teams that have attended previously know that photos are taken of all recipients who are presented with trophies and these can be viewed by clicking on the “Gallery” tab.

At the end of the evening last year we had a karaoke disco; most people stayed on for this and really enjoyed it so we aim to feature it again this year with Paul James – DJ.

So don’t forget to put the date in your diary – it takes place on Friday 6th September, commencing 7.30pm at The Station Hotel in Dudley.

Spotlight on Libra Lea Netball Club

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Libra Lea were formed September 2010 as a single team playing in the Walsall League as a way of Sally Bromley being able to play in the same team as her two daughters, Emily and Megan Priest and their family, friends and neighbours.  Although all the players had played previously, they had never all played in a team together and this seemed an opportunity of putting some real enjoyment into their sport.  

The name Libra Lea is a combination of their sponsors name and the name of the road that the majority of the founding players lived in!  Libra Investment Property is a family owned and run, lettings Specialist Company and two of its directors, Dave & Sally Bromley are now Chairman and Secretary of Libra Lea Netball Club respectively.

The club has increased and developed substantially since that first season but still has a strong family emphasis and is enjoyment motivated.  There is always a strong supporter group to be found at all games including husbands, granddads, parents, brothers and boyfriends!

From the first season the club has increased to 20 senior members combining experienced and more mature ladies with some young girls returning from University and also some players returning to netball through the “Back to Netball” scheme.  The junior section of the club is now also developing with currently 21 girls from U12’s through to U16’s.  Again there is a range of abilities, with some county regulars combining with girls who are playing competitive netball for the first time.

The club is based at EllowesHallSportsCollege and trains indoors in the Sports Hall every Tuesday evening 6.30pm – 7.30pm juniors and 7.30pm – 9pm for seniors.  They have three Level 2 coaches and one Level 1; also 6 beginner qualified umpires including two who are starting to work towards their ‘C’ award.

Libra Lea was successful in obtaining their bronze CAPS last December, after just 2 years in existence.

They are currently enjoying a very successful summer season with 2 senior teams playing divisions 2 and 5 respectively in the Dudley Summer League, plus an U14 team playing in division 8. They also have 2 senior teams playing in Wolverhampton City League in divisions 1 and 3.

In the forthcoming winter season they will have senior teams playing in Walsall Saturday and midweek sections, plus an U17 team playing Walsall midweek.  The intention is to have an U16 and U14 team playing in the SouthStaffsCounty youth league. They will again have 2 teams playing in the Wolverhampton League.

It is the club’s ambition to continue to grow and they are actively looking to attract new junior members, especially girls in Years 7, 8 & 9. Weekly training will start again in August from 6.15pm -7.30pm for juniors and 7.30pm – 9.30pm for seniors at Ellowes Hall.  Please get in touch with Sally Bromley if you know of anyone who may be interested.

To ensure they keep family and friends involved with their netball, following a successful men v women charity game last year in aid of Sport Relief, this year they held a fun mixed charity tournament in March and raised a massive £507 for Comic Relief and will be looking to hold the event again in future.


Grasshoppers 40 years Celebration

Grasshoppers will be celebrating 40 years of Netball for their club on Friday 12th July 2013.

This Club has had many achievements over the years, winning local leagues & National titles in both senior and junior competitions, plus excelling by having many International players in its history.

Current players, coaches, umpires, & League representatives from key periods in the Club’s history have been invited to the celebration but, due to a limitation on numbers, it unfortunately isn’t an open door evening.

If you have any photos that would be relevant to the evening or, if you haven’t been invited yet, but have a particular interest in attending, please contact Gayna Phelps on 0121 550 3759 or e-mail: