Hucclecote Netball Club (HNC)
We are proactive in continuing to be the premier club within England, the South West, and Gloucestershire, developing and promoting the game of netball.
As a local Club, HNC were established over 30 years ago, when they set up and joined the Gloucestershire Netball League. At that time they enjoyed their share of County Players producing a good standard of play which enabled them to progress up the ladder.
One of HNC's former founder members, Sue Wainwright, was instrumental in initiating Hucclecote's success by encouraging the club to grow and opening its doors to many of the talented players coming through from local schools.
Just over a decade ago HNC began to dominate the Local League and expanded to operating three different squads. At this stage, Gilly Salter joined forces with Sue Wainwright to both play and help further develop HNC. HNC at this stage also joined the Premier Regional League, covering three Counties, with a view to exposing and giving more experience to their elite and younger talented players. This in itself has paid dividends with HNC having retained the League Championship for some five years or more, and giving opportunities for individual self-development.
During this same period, HNC achieved National Clubs Status and excelled to their highest ever League placing when they gained promotion to the 1st Division in 1997/98 and have stayed in Division 1 every since.
With HNC's Youth Development Plan well placed, 2009 saw a fantastic year for the Junior section of the club. The U16 squad came runners up in the National Finals making them 2nd in the country!!
Since the formation of the Club, HNC have also had their share of players who have represented England & Wales at Junior and Elite Level, and they continue to do so. Two of the clubs seniors represented Wales at the recent Commonwealth Games in Melbourne with a further 5 of HNC's players being called up to trial with 13 others to represent England. Three players went on play in Melbourne & bring home a Commonwealth bronze medal! More recently 3 players have been selected to be in the final 12 of the U21 England squad to play in the World Championships in August 2009 - Sam Perry, Stacey Francis and Rosie Allison.
Hucclecote has forged strong links with the University of Gloucestershire to their mutual advantage. Gilly Salter operates an England netball High Performance centre from the University, where talented youngsters receive individual coaching, with Sports Science support from the University. Senior club coach Sue Wainwright has this year taken on the coaching of the Universities three BUSA squads, which has further strengthened links to the point of setting up a Netball scholarship available to students.
In 2008 the club was further recognised by being awarded The Club of the Year Award at the HSBC Coach Awards and Sue Wainwright won the prestigous Gloucestershire's 'Coach of the Year Award'.
On reflection, the Clubs success has itself bred success and with the dedication given by the clubs personnel, HNC's plan saw them awarded the GOLD CAPS Award (Continuous Action Planning Scheme). They were the first club in the country to have achieved this prestigious award!
Hucclecote's aim is to continue being the best club locally and nationally, and further develop opportunities for all players, umpires and volunteers.