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LEAGUE UPDATE - 07th September 2020

Dear Club Representatives. 

Wow!! What a year it has been, so where do I start ??!!

I hope that you and your families have all remained and continue to stay safe and well during the Covid-19 pandemic that has put not just the WINL league but the whole of 2020 to a standstill. 

I am sure that you are all as keen as I am for the return of the league and the start of the 20/21 season, so I wanted to reach out to you all to let you know that we as a league are doing everything that we can to get the league back up and running again as soon as safely possible to do so.  

I want to apologise for not reaching out sooner with regards to a return to the courts. As you can imagine for a league of our size it is taking so much work to put risk assessments in place to mitigate any potential risk to you as players, coaches, umpires and committee. As a result, there has been a lot of work being done in the background by the committee and I want to take this opportunity to thank them for all their hard work. I also didn't want to do a Boris Johnson and send out confusing and conflicting messages. 🙂

I hope you have all been receiving the updates from EN via email and that you are familiar with the roadmap for the return of community netball (attached for reference). You will be pleased to see that as of the 26th September competitive netball using the modified rules can return. 🙂

However, the WINL committee with support of HNA and EN has taken the decision that we will not commence the 20/21 winter league season until January 2021 with games commencing on the 4th & 6th of January for the adult league and 12th January for the junior league. 

I know that you may be disappointed that there will be a delay in starting the WINL league however, as a committee we agree that this delay will give us as a committee, time to get the correct measures, actions and mitigations as per our risk assessment into place to ensure that you can all return to the game you love but also remain safe while doing so. 

I suggest that you as clubs/teams/players/umpires/coaches use this time to get used to playing with the new adapted rules that will be in place when we commence, as well as time to get back to match fitness. 
However, please ensure that you are aware of any restircitons around the EN insurance if you do not have a level 2 or higher coach at your sessions as well as the appropriately qualified umpires, unless your club has its own personal liability insurance you may not be covered in the event of injury. Please can I ask you to refer to the EN website for addional information/guidance on this.  

Following this email, I will be sending out important documentation for you all to read. This will contain the WINL league risk assessment and mitigation which has actions for you as clubs that need to be put into place for the return of the league.

I want to thank you all for your patience over this time and look forward to your continued support of the WINL league during the upcoming season. If you have any questions following these emails that you wish to raise, please put in writing to me at this email address and we will ensure that they are answered at the AGM which is being held via zoom (details to follow) on the 17th September.

Kind Regards
Sharon Moher
WINL Chairperson

Further infomation can be found on these documents below.

EN Roadmap to Return

EN restart Guidance

About the WINL league

The Wavell Invitation Netball league was founded in 1989 and will be celebrating 25 years of netball in 2014. It was started at Ash Manor School and then moved to Wavell School where it had redesigned its netball courts to accommodate 8 floodlit courts. The league has grown and developed considerably over the years and currently we have 62 teams but have capacity for 64. If you're interested in entering a team in the league please contact us.

The League provides competitive netball across all standards with 8 divisions as well as providing training and mentoring of Umpires and Umpire progression. In September 2013 we also introduced a Junior League already proving to be popular - see the Junior League section for more information.

The winter season runs from September to April over bi-weekly Monday and Wednesday nights, the first match starting at 7.15pm and the second at 8.35pm. With a summer league running consecutive weeks over June and July for teams to play friendlies and encourage our trainee umpires to practice and gain their C award grade.

All new clubs and players are welcome to join so please get in touch. To play in the league all players must be affiliated to England Netball Association for more information please visit www.englandnetball.co.uk

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