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SWAN netball club, based in Bishop's Stortford, Stansted, Newport and Saffron Walden, nominated in Netball East GGA 2020 Outstanding Club Awards

SWAN netball club have been nominated in the Netball East GGA 2020 Outstanding Club Awards.

The club, who have more than 250 registered players and train in Bishop's Stortford, Stansted, Newport and Saffron Walden, have been recognised for making a big contribution to the sport within the community.

SWAN, whose ranks include players from under-eights to under-16s, seniors and those on the Back2Netball, Walking Netball and Bee Netball programmes, are just one of six clubs from the region in the running for the prize.

SWAN netball club under-12s before the lockdown (36518613)
SWAN netball club under-12s before the lockdown (36518613)

"We are delighted to receive the Netball East nomination," said chair Paula Evans. "Coaches, volunteers and players work hard all year round to provide netball for junior and senior players, Back2Netball and Walking Netball.

"This year we've also run inclusion netball and are one of a handful of clubs across the country selected by England Netball to run the Bee Netball programme to develop our youngest players."

SWAN are also gearing up for the socially distanced resumption of training following lockdown easing at outdoor venues.

Safety measures will be in place to ensure two-metre distancing with groups of no more than five players with a coach and no ball passing. Sessions will focus on strength and conditioning, tactical play and drills for the present.

"We are excited that we will soon be able to move from our weekly Zoom training sessions and back onto the courts," said coach Julia Kay.

"We are working with our venues and trialling some sessions before we go ahead to ensure everything is in place for a safe return.

"It will be a different kind of training, but coaches and players are looking forward to seeing each other again."

Email info@swannetball.co.uk to find out more about the club.

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