The Welsh Netball Association was established in 1945, to promote and develop netball at grassroots and internationally within Wales. As a National Governing body, we want to be 'Bigger, Better and Bolder' than Before. We plan to do this by having more people playing netball in Wales than before, raising performance standards, and providing a sustainable pathway for future athletes, and pioneering a new business approach that is innovative and progressive.
We have a netball family of around 10,000 members, consisting of 230 clubs and 28 leagues across Wales, facilitating all types of netball from Netball Tots through to Walking Netball. We are extremely proud of our netball family; they are our day-to-day inspiration to deliver as an organisation. Our operational staffing team, led by our CEO, consists of a Senior Leadership Team covering three departments that work closely together to deliver our products and projects; our team’s work is supported and guided by the Wales Netball Board, who are integral to the strategic planning for our organisation.
Our international squad have recently celebrated their new brand identity as the Welsh Feathers; previously known as the Wales Senior Squad, our athletes are proud to join other national teams in having their own squad identity that distinguishes the squad and the way they play. This year we have launched our new Performance Pathway for future Welsh Feathers; our Academies provide a high level and standard of netball that aims to nurture Welsh talent and create an oversupply of athletes that will feed into the Feathers programme. The Welsh Feathers are currently ranked 8th in the world, with 220 internationally capped athletes successfully representing Wales since 1949. The Feathers successfully placed 8th at the Commonwealth Games, delivering a high standard of competitive netball in each match and demonstrated they can compete against the top teams in the world. Many of our Feathers also represent Wales across the franchise teams that play in Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL), including our own franchise, Celtic Dragons.
We have an established umpiring and coach development pathway, to support and develop officials across our community clubs, and have successfully assisted two Welsh umpires gain their International Umpiring Status. This year we are proud to continue to deliver our educational courses online, and have developed online professional learning and education development modules for our members.
There are a number of areas we have celebrated over the last couple of years, please visit our Annual Reports to find out more.
We were one of the five founder members of Europe Netball and are proud to continue our journey and build upon our journey as a member.