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Charlestown Netball Club

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About Us

In the early seventies a group of young Salford girls aged between 15 – 17 who had met through playing school netball and had since left decided to create their own senior netball team. Paying school caretakers to open facilities to allow them to train and enter the Manchester evening league. Totally self funded we eventually moved our home venue to the then Cromwell Secondary Modern School and then to Charlestown Youth Club based on the premises. Hence Charlestown NC was born.

This small group of players soon developed into a club with 3 senior teams and to accommodate our growth moved to Orsdall Recreation Centre where we continued to grow until the centre closure forced us to seek an alternative home location – Salford College Worsley Campus Walkden, where we still operate to this day.

In between time due to the foresight and vision of one of our long serving members Charlestown Juniors was established. Again the membership grew considerably and more senior involvement was required due to the demand for junior netball Coaches and Umpires. All our Umpires and Coaches are home grown and come through the ranks.

Our senior squads have enjoyed huge success over the years playing netball at a high standard finishing in top spot in the Manchester Evening League on numerous occasions.

The junior section now boasts around 100 members and their achievements have been many, with the senior squads continuing to participate.

Of our original members back in the1970’s many are still involved in the club (all volunteers throughout the years) in various roles such as coaching or umpiring. Today the club also has several parents who kindly give their time to many of the official club duties which require attention including the building of our very own website.

On behalf of the club Julie and Carol would like to express their thanks and gratitude to all who have helped and continue to do so to make Charlestown the Great Club it is today.

Helen Matthews

I'm Secretary of the Club, Team Manager for U15 and I train the Christ the King Primary School Netball Team. Hobbies include cycling, skiing, camping, and I enjoy the friendships formed through the Netball Club. I just love watching all the girls play netball and I'm very proud of how the U15 have been a committed and successful team for many years, borne out of friendship, developed and encouraged by our coaches, and supported by keen parents

Helen Matthews

Mike Parry

I manage the website. I'm a netball novice but have thoroughly enjoyed watching our girls compete. I play squash and am passionate about windsurfing – you can often see me off the coast of Wales ! I have had many jobs including lifeguard and temporary grave digger

Mike Parry

Sarah Thorpe

I am the Saturday Secretary and liaise between Coaches and parents/players. I live on a ranch with my two horses and two labradors...oh and my husband and brood of children too! I've really enjoyed being part of the Club since my two girls got involved playing and am looking forward to taking on training as a Coach so I can help at the Club more... but maybe wait until I've given birth to my sixth child in the New Year!

Hayley Robinson

I manage the U16’s with Jan Loughrey. I love netball, have played WA and now coach netball at St Edmund’s Primary school, which I really enjoy. I love watching the girls play netball and I am very proud of the commitment they have shown over the years. In my spare time (6am!) I love to run for charities. My most momentous event was the Dublin Marathon which I ran with my sister - it was an amazing feeling crossing the finish line together after 4 months of hard training!

Hayley Robinson

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Julie Chapman

Julie Chapman

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Carol Ballantyne

Have been a member of Charlestown Netball Club since it was established over 35 years ago. Initially as a player and then later as a voluntary Coach and Umpire. When we do have a little spare time I enjoy travelling, usually with Julie and our Husbands. Need to spend some time with them!! Although both do support the Club considerably.

Carol Ballantyne

Kath Playfair

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Kath Playfair

Lorraine Cooper

I knew nothing about netball until Becky started at Charlestown about seven years ago. The girls are all a joy to watch, from the U9’s to the seniors. I became involved in the running of the club because I am a busy body nosy parker and soon got to know the names of all the girls. I am now Membership Secretary and supposed fundraiser – all fundraising ideas and help very welcome !

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Viv Renshaw

Viv Renshaw

Team manager by default – I’m just a keen Mum helping out. Luckily the girls know their stuff and I leave the coaching to the experts Carole & Julie, but happy to ring round, organise them each week and give the odd lift when needed. I’m really proud that our girls have stayed together through some tough leagues and even though many have started at 6th form college now, we have full commitment from them all

Moyra Keirl

Moyra Keirl

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Alison Wiseman

Apart from watching my daughter, Gabrielle, play in the U12s, I organise the Club newsletter. I am a Community Nurse, specialising in Palliative Care. I played netball, umpired, coached and was County Fixtures Secretary many years ago! I used to play for Bramhall Netball Club (ooops rivals!! ha). With four gorgeous children, I don’t have much time for hobbies, but enjoy walking. cooking and family times. Please help me by sending in all news and info to alijoywiz@talktalk.net