Jewell gets dream chance to shine at Surrey Storm

Jane Jewell has always relished passing on her expertise to budding netballers
Jane Jewell has always relished passing on her expertise to budding netballers
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Jane Jewell is in dreamland after netting a job with Surrey Storm.

The popular south coast netballer has recently started as the Superleague outfit’s National Performance League (NPL) coach.

It is a role which will see her nuture young Superleague and England players of the future.

Jewell began he own love affair with the sport at Lyndhurst Junior School in Portsmouth, aged eight.

She went on to play for Weston Park Blades, in Southampton, LIPS and Just Ahead in Portsmouth.

And she was still turning out for Weston when she founded Shooting Stars.

Stars began nine years ago, with six juniors.

They now boast over 100 members and are a silver CAPS accredited club.

Juniors are an important part of the club and one of the under-12 teams is currently sitting pretty at the top of their All About Netball League division in Fareham.

Jewell also has teams in the Regional League and Hampshire League – both lying in second place, two sides in the Portsmouth League – of which they have been crowned champions nine seasons in a row – and one in the Fareham & Gosport League.

She has even played against Wales, Malta and Canada with her various outfits.

But alongside playing, Jewell’s great passion is coaching.

She has coached the Weston premier squad, Hampshire under-16s academy players as well as her own Stars.

Even passing on her expertise has been a proud achievement.

She has helped Vonda Thorne and Anita Farmer attain their level one coaching badges, Sarah Kerley clinch her level two accreditation and various umpires achieve the C award.

Jewell is currently working towards her level three at the moment and with Tamsin Greenway as her mentor, it should be a breeze.

Greenway, who was part of the recent bronze-medal winning Netball World Cup team in Sydney and has two Commonwealth third-places on her CV, interviewed Jewell for the job at Surrey Storm.

‘I had a one-to-one with Tamsin and had to do a presentation on how I could produce and maintain a winning NPL team with areas such as player management and performance included’ said Jewell.

‘Netball takes over your life. I also work for the NHS, have four children, one grandaughter and another on the way, a dog and two cats and obviously run my club!’

Jewell was also nominated for the Sunday Times sportswoman of the year honour, rubbing shoulders with stars like Jessica Ennis and Pat Cash at the ceremony.

While she didn’t win, it was good experience in front of the cameras – ahead of her first NPL game at London’s Copper Box early next year.