Coaching role is key to ensuring bright future

LEADING THE WAY Coaches, left to right: Kelly Wallis, Lindsay Allison, Surrey Storm player-coach Tamsin Greenaway, and daughter Jamie, Emma Collier
LEADING THE WAY Coaches, left to right: Kelly Wallis, Lindsay Allison, Surrey Storm player-coach Tamsin Greenaway, and daughter Jamie, Emma Collier
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four local ladies are playing a key role in helping netball to continue growing.

Kelly Wallis, Lindsay Allison, Emma Collier and Charlotte Ward all passed their level two qualification with Netball UKCC.

With participation levels increasing there’s a big need for new coaches to come through the system.

Funding, put aside from Sports England and Back to Netball, has ensured positive development.

Clubs are expanding and want to widen their knowledge-and-skill base.

Back to netball groups are here to stay and are forming teams and joining leagues.

Participation is increasing and England Netball state they want to develop a world-class netball coach education system and are making sure it happens.

The Netball UKCC is a government- led strand of work that arose from the coaching task force that reported in 2002.

Wallis has been involved with netball for years as a player.

After a short break, she decided that, although she still wanted to play, it was time for a different direction.

After helping at Back to Netball sessions a place on a coaching course became available.

Wallis says it was a great achievement and looks forward to motivating new players.

She believes netball is such a great social sport and she would be lost without it.

Local netball development coach Debbie Laycock has helped out by shadowing and mentoring Wallis at Back to Netball sessions.

She is also registered with the local schools partnership and is a regular coach with the juniors.

Wallis says she is having fun, keeping fit and playing netball – her perfect job.

Allison is also an active netball player with her team in Portsmouth.

Her coaching skills are put to use with the juniors at Fareham Fireflies club.

This is obviously paying off with the Firefly teams winning both the under-14 and under-12 divisions in the All About Netball league at Cams Hill School last season.

Collier coaches back to netball teams, including Calmore ladies.

Ward, who is currently studying sports coaching at Southampton Solent University, also coaches at Fareham Fireflies Club.

She’s now doing what she has always wanted to do and is making the most of it with her hard work and dedication.

She coaches under-12s, under-13s and under-14s.

Ros Bellemy, club manager, is proud of Ward and believes the work she puts in is crucial for the development of the club.

Not content with that she also coaches at Itchen college and runs a toddler session (for two to five-year-olds) on a Saturday morning.

Ward is aiming high and hopes to increase numbers and take a team as far as possible.

England Netball are also running a level two coaching course at Admiral Lord Nelson School, Portsmouth beginning in September.

For more information about the course email

For more information about coaching, or any extra support, contact Debbie Laycock on