Established in 1958/59 initially as a youth league and then extending to include corporate teams, the Walsall and District Netball league is celebrating its diamond jubilee this year, its 60th anniversary! The league has gone from strength to strength as every season passes, seeing more teams entering, and offers competitive netball in the area to women and girls of all ability levels. At present, the league has 38 teams in 5 divisions in the midweek league and 31 teams playing in 4 divisions in the Saturday league.

The league was named the ‘Walsall and District Netball League’ as they have teams entering each season from all around the West Midlands region. The league’s home for 28 years was at the Manor Netball Centre, Wednesbury, and only moved to its new home, the newly refurbished Phoenix Collegiate West Bromwich at the start of the 2018/19 season.

Over the years the league has also held fundraising events, formed the Brenda Bell memorial tournament, and supports the development of umpires for the county. Along with this the committee has battled to keep the league going with numerous facility hurdles to conquer. Without the dedication of its volunteers spanning 60 years, netball in the area simply wouldn’t be as thriving as it is today. To find out more about the Walsall and District Netball League visit the website here: https://walsall-netball-league.co.uk/

 

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