NETBALL: Shirley is a true unsung hero

Shirley Hall and England Netball CEO Jo Adams
Shirley Hall and England Netball CEO Jo Adams
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Award for LMR Junior Netball Club volunteer

Shirley Hall from LMR Junior Netball Club in Rugby has been announced as the 2015 West Midlands Netball Unsung Hero at the recent Goalden Globe Award Ceremony at Villa Park.

Along with fellow club member Jo Waugh, Shirley was nominated in recognition of her tireless dedication as a volunteer to the development of junior netball in Rugby.

To the delight of family and friends, Shirley fought off strong competition to be awarded the accolade of Unsung Hero by England Netball CEO Jo Adams.

Following the announcement, Sarah Taylor, Warwickshire Netball Development Officer said: “For many years Shirley has been at the heart of junior netball provision in the area, devoting many volunteering hours each week to coaching, umpiring, administration and netball development.

“I am absolutely delighted for Shirley as she represents the true meaning of an Unsung Hero. She has had an immense impact on the provision of netball for junior players in Rugby and this award is a small token of our appreciation.”

Along with fellow nominee Jo Waugh and club coach Louise Blake, the LMR representatives attended the award ceremony at the home of Aston Villa FC, along with netball volunteers from across the Region.

The celebrations also marked the 65th anniversary of the West Midlands Netball Association, with many members past and present in attendance, alongside local and senior staff from England Netball. Amongst the VIPs was Collette Thompson MBE, who is in full preparation with Tracey Neville and the England senior squad for the forthcoming Netball World Cup in Sydney in August.

Shirley will now represent the West Midlands at the national Goalden Globes Awards hosted by England Netball.