Netball Europe currently comprises the following full members:
- Isle of Man
- Northern Ireland
- Republic of Ireland
- with Sweden as associate members of the organisation.
- France and the Netherlands are working hard towards becoming members.
- Netball is also played in a number of other countries across Europe such as Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain and Turkey, and we recently received enquiries from Hungary, Portugal and Romania.
About Our Members
Isle of Man
Isle of Man netball started in the early 80’s when a group of mums from one of the local villages started a club. Looking for some opposition, they spread the word and soon there were a number of teams playing on courts across the island.
The arrival on the island of Maggie Jackson saw us develop even further and a formal constitution was drawn up. We became affiliated to England Netball in the early 90’s enabling us to play off the island at Inter County tournaments as well as other off island events. Since then we have continued to grow with the introduction of junior leagues following the success of Manx Youth Games, an annual event run by Isle of Man Sport for children from the age of 8 – 14 to encourage involvement in sport.
At present we have 607 affiliated members forming 15 clubs. Within these clubs there are 35 senior teams, 6 x Under 16 teams, 16 x Under 14 teams and 6 clubs have an Under 11 section.
Daughters and even granddaughters from the original team are still heavily involved.
We are delighted to be part of Netball Europe and look forward to playing other countries in the near future.
In 1999 a few players (mainly ex-pats and their daughters) got together to play netball on a basketball court in Ra’anana. Although the number of Israeli players has increased significantly since then, netball is still virtually unknown in Israel. However, the dedicated efforts of all Israel Netball’s members resulted in the creation of a number of clubs around the country and a senior league that was established in 2009. Ten years later a junior league boasting nine teams followed.
- Despite the lack of official recognition and of resources, Israel Netball has chalked up an impressive list of other successes in its short history. These include:
- Hosting of the hugely successful netball tournaments of the Maccabiah for both junior and senior teams since 2001. Like many international events, the Maccabiah of 2021 was postponed and is due to be held in summer 2022 at which Israel Netball hopes to welcome Master and Senior teams as well as U16 and U18 teams.
- Participation in Netball Europe events from 2006-2019 and in the World Youth Championships held in Glasgow in 2013. Covid prevented Israel Netball from taking part in 2020 and 2021 but is expecting to send a team to the Isle of Man in May 2022.
- Certification of umpires and coaches.
Israel Netball is constantly taking steps to raise awareness of the game and, with many ambitious plans waiting to be fulfilled, is looking forward to an increasingly exciting future.