Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Meet Netball's Goalden Girls; Volunteers Honoured at Globe Awards Day NETBALL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Meet Netball's Goalden Girls; Volunteers Honoured at Globe Awards Day NETBALL

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NETBALL players from around the region gathered at Durham CCC's Emirates ICG for the North East Regional Goalden Globe Awards.

The event recognises volunteers for the hard work they put into ensuring the sport can take place in the North East.

North East Regional League trophies were the first awards of the evening to be presented with honours going to Riverside, Newcastle City, Grangetown Juniors and Oaksway Juniors. The first Goalden Globe award of the evening was for the North East Grassroots Coach, an award which recognises a volunteer who has coached for at least three years.

The winner was Jolene Byers from Ponteland Netball Club.

Byers has been volunteering and coaching for a number of years, recruiting and retaining other volunteers along the way.

Second up was the Grassroots Of-ficials Award, given to someone who has shown dedication to officiating at matches for a minimum of three years.

Pat Percy was this year's winner, having worked extremely hard with Oaksway Netball Club, Team Northumbria NSL and the universities. Percy also volunteered at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and is a well-respected and recognised figure in the North East. The next prize was the Muriel Mc-Nally award, presented to someone who has made a significant contribution to grassroots netball in the last 10 years.

Winner was Barbara Brown, who has volunteered tirelessly for Oaksway Netball Club and the North East region for a number of years.

The fourth award of the evening was the Mary Bulloch Administrator Award given to an administrator who has made a significant contribution to netball for at least three years.

The recipient was Lee McFarlane of Durham Palatinate's Netball Club.

McFarlane has increased membership from 40 to more than 100 in the last 12 months.

It is not just volunteers involved in club netball who are recognised at the Goalden Globe Awards.

The Teacher Award is presented to someone who has been outstanding in his or her delivery of netball in an educational environment.

Honoured was Laura Street of Bede Academy, who works extremely hard to ensure the girls there have as many opportunities to play netball as possible.

The Young Volunteer Award is given to someone under the age of 25 who has shown dedication to the sport for at least three years. …

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