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Northumbria Police Netball is a thriving section.
The Northumbria Netball section currently have around 30 members, a mixture of police officers and police staff. We have two teams that play in the Police Sport UK competitions. These teams participate in the year round knock out competition, and the national two day tournament (held in September, Nottingham hosted this in 2016, with Kent hosting the next one on 1st Sept’17).
We also have two teams in the local Tyne & Wear league under the name of “Northumbria Police A & B”. All games are played at Blue Flames Sports Club, Whitley Road, Benton. Winter league runs from September to March and Summer league from April to July. Games average out as one every two weeks. People can play for either/both the Police team (i.e. Northumbria Police PSUK) or our work team in the local league
Players must be affiliated before playing in any of the competition or league games. This is roughly £30 for the year (Sept-Aug). It is therefore advised to come and watch a game before committing your money. We have in the past conducted training sessions however due to the majority of players attending their own local netball clubs and playing for other teams, training sessions are no longer viable.
Over the years Northumbria have an excellent track record and have won the Gold, Silver and Bronze trophies at the PSUK nationals and also the regional knockouts.
The local Northumbria Police team in Tyne & Wear consist of an A and B team, the A team are currently in Division 2 and the B team are currently in Division 3. We have in the past managed to have an addition C Team in the league however player numbers and shift work have meant for a number of seasons now we have two larger squads.
Due to popular demand, we also now play in a Kenton League held at Kenton High School on a Tuesday. This is ad-hoc, and arranged weekly by Dc 2222 Liz Pullen. It’s £3 per match and very casual, ideal for those coming back to netball after a long period out.
If you are interested in playing netball or want any further information, please contact any of the committee members:
DC 8496 Melissa Spackman
Sgt 2408 Kate Barr, Central Area Command,
Insp 7030 Sharon Chatterton, Intelligence Unit
2018 PSUK National Championships
On Friday 31st August 2018 the Northumbria Police Netball squad attended the annual PSUK tournament, hosted this year by West Yorkshire.
The weather held for us all weekend, and we managed a fantastic ten games of netball per team and no injuries!
The format as usual being the 36 forces are split into groups of six and play each other.
The result at the end of the Saturday dictates Sundays play.
1st/2nd place qualifies for the gold section, 3rd/4th for silver, and 5th/6th, for the bronze section.
On this occasion, both teams had a very successful Saturday and qualified for the Gold Section.
Sunday saw some tough competition for us. The A team won a further three of their matches and finished within the top 5 , the B team coming within the top 12.
Out of 36 forces and with an incredibly high standard this is an amazing achievement.
Next years tournament confirmed hosts are West Midlands Police.