8th February 2019
Inaugural Annual Fundraising Spectacular
What an evening at The Village, Bury, on Saturday night, when friends and supporters of the Club came together to celebrate all that is great about YWCA Bury, and to dig deep into their pockets to raise valuable funds for the future of the Club. A huge thank you to all involved. Check out this video, aired for the first time at the Spectacular and summing up all that is great about OUR club.
22nd January 2019
Bury Girls in England U17 Call Ups
We are delighted that Emma Raynor and Ellie Hayes have secured places in the England U17 Netball Europe team and reserves respectively. The pair have worked tremendously hard and reserve this recognition. We wish them well for the Netball Europe competition in Huddersfield in February 2019. Full details here.
14th July 2018
Roll of Honour at Manchester Thunder Awards
It was a fantastic night for YW's players at the Manchester Thunder Awards 2018 on Saturday. The Club's players picked up no less than five awards on the night, as well as several nominations, showing the strength and depth that the Club has at the highest level. Congratulations to all our winners:
Dani Bloomfield - Mike Greenwood Committment Award
Lois Pearson - U21 Most Improved Player of the Year
Alicia Scholes - U19 Players' Player of the Year
Alicia Scholes - U19 Coaches' Player of the Year
Millie Roscoe - U19 Most Improved Player of the Year
Further details can be found here.
6th May 2018
What a Season! National Premier League Promotion
YWCA Bury netball club have realised their ambition and been rewarded with the ultimate recompense gaining promotion into the prestigious All England National Premier League. Former Manchester Thunder and Loughborough Lightening player Rachel Henry, who now heads up the coaching of this forward-thinking club, had only one target this season: to get the club back in the National League where it had once been the club to beat.
Eleven years have passed since YWCA Bury last represented the North West on the national stage and eight since they had last made it to play-offs. This season had seen them beat off tough competition from across the North West including the powerhouse of the north Oldham, who ultimately finished top of the league but were ruled out of promotion as they already have a team in the national league; to the warriors from the west of the region, Warrington, who were beaten to play-offs by just one point.
Eleven teams headed to Ilford to face the gauntlet of the 2017/18 Mizuno Premier League Play-Offs. Four places were up for grabs in Premier League 3 with two teams battling to keep their position in the league. The first game of the most nerve-inducing weekend of netball saw Bury meet Loughborough-based TFC, who were fighting relegation after what had been a disappointing season for them in the respected national league. After a nervous first quarter, Bury soon found their rhythm throughout the remainder of the game, with Pearson outclassing the defensive duo in the shooting circle time and time again. The 2pm game closed with Bury defeating the East Midlands team comfortably 57-34, standing them in good stead for their next game against Hi-Tech Netball from Huddersfield.
This unorthodox team were not to be underestimated though as they gave Bury a run for their money and coach Henry something to think about as the first quarter finished with Bury trailing 10-14. An overhaul of the squad and a reminder of how far the squad had come saw a renewed Bury come out for the second half showing their worth. By the end of the third quarter they were back to their winning ways conceding only 8 goals in the 15-minute quarter thanks to the defensive mastery of McCormick and Karim. The defensive and mid-court pressure continued throughout the final quarter as did Turner’s impact in the shooting circle, allowing YWCA Bury to see out the game with a 20-goal margin (57-37).
The two Saturday wins secured Bury their place at the top of the group meaning they would only meet one team the following day and would be 60 minutes away from the all-important promotion.
With the sun shining bright on the warmest May Bank Holiday weekend on record, the Bury team had an early start back at the Redbridge Sport Centre. Henry’s emotive team talk saw a few teary eyes from players (captain Morley in particular) and support staff alike recapping the journey they had all been on and how deserving they all were.
The final game saw the NW team face Exeter Netball who were headed up by Team Bath’s Assistant Super League coach Denise Ellis. Despite the wealth and expertise that Ellis brought to the South Western team, they were outplayed and outperformed by some stunning passages of play from the Bury girls. An injection of pace and dynamicity was evident from the Manchester Thunder SL player Dani Bloomfield whose swift interchanges with midis Alicia Scholes and Rachel Henry were too much for the southern team to take, trailing 5-19 at the end of the first quarter. YWCA Bury were aware that whilst there were still 45 minutes left on the clock, if they continued the way they had started, one of the four places would be theirs. Henry, selflessly benched herself allowing the game to be completed with all squad members having taken to the court. YWCA Bury secured the game and their place in the National Premier League by winning 52-35. As a result of this promotion, next season will see them take to the road to away fixtures as far and wide as Norfolk, Brighton and even Jersey.
This season not only saw Bury top the NW Premier league, but also the NW Championship League 1, securing automatic promotion for this team too. Having lost only 2 games throughout the season, the league finally finished at the end of April with a top-of-the-table clash against Capricorn Netball. The St Helen’s based team rallied hard throughout the 60 minutes but the Champs team, who have grown stronger throughout the season, managed to keep them at bay, with winning out the game with a six goal lead and securing their place at the top of the table.
Both squads are currently on a well-deserved month’s rest and preseason will resume early in June. If you are interested in supporting this local club as they move from strength to strength, offers of sponsorship would be gratefully received. All interested parties can contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not only is the weather bright and sunny at the moment but it would appear the future of this club is too as they are back where they belong and hope to continue on their upward trajectory.
15th January 2018
We would like to invite you to our YWCA Bury Netball Club annual tournaments this July, hosted at Wright Robinson Sports College, Manchester M18 8RL.
Saturday 7th July: U10s - U15s
Sunday 8th July: Seniors
Clubs wishing to enter more than one team in any age group may do so by the closing date, but their acceptance will be subject to availability, i.e. the second team will only be accepted if there is a space when entries close. Entries are strictly on a first come, first served basis. All age groups will be playing 7-aside. Closing date for entries is 25th May.
Please click here for an entry form.
4th October 2017
Bury Players Make Selection to Thunder Performance Pathway 2017-2018
We are so pleased to see so many of the Club's players having successful trials over recent weeks for Manchester Thunder's Performance Pathway. A total of 15 players from the Club have been selected across the three age groups, which is a testament to their hard work and determination.
In the Under 21s, our congratulations go to Elia McCormick, Lois Pearson, Imogen Turner and Lucy Lucketti.
In the Under 19s, congratulations go to Elia McCormick, Lois Pearson, Imogen Turner, Millie Roscoe, Nell Clerkin, Alicia Scholes, Jasmine Cross & Chloe Addis.
For the Under 17s, it's well done to Cate Lord, Ellie Heyes, Caitlin Sharkey, JoJo Fraser-Thomson, Emma Raynor & Ella Grocott.
3rd October 2017
Fundraising Halloween Party
Save the date! Friday 27th October will see the Club hosting a spooktacular Halloween party at Bury Football Club. So grab your best fancy dress gear and come out to support the Club with a fun-filled night of games, dancing and sweeties! 7-11pm. Tickets are only £3 each and are available at training.
31st July 2017
Scholes Selected for National Academy 2017/2018
We are delighted that Alicia Scholes has been selected by England Netball to take a place at the National Academy for the forthcoming season. She joins a number of other talented players who will train together on a monthly basis with the aim of making the England age group squads who will compete in the spring and summer of 2018. Further information can be found here. Huge congratulations to Alicia!
22nd July 2017
Runner's Up at Dominoes Tournament
Following 11 games, extra time in the semi-final, and a tense and goal for goal last game, the Seniors finished one goal behind Chester in the Final of the 2017 Dominoes tournament to clinch the runner' up spot. Having convincingly won the Pool group with six wins from six games, Bury headed into the Cup Pool group and recorded three wins from three games there to set up a semi-final against Tameside. With scores level at full time, four more minutes were played and Bury came out on top. With no rest before the final against Chester, Bury struggled to hold their small lead into the last few mins, and came away losing by one goal. An agonising way to end the tournament, but lots of fun was had by all throughout the day.
1st July 2017
Under 19s are National Champions!
Huge congratulations to all our Under 19s, who powered to a win at the England Netball 16-19 Open competition in Sheffield today. A nail-biting final saw the girls come out on top against The Downs by 10 goals to 9. Further details can be found here.
27th May 2017
Seniors' Success at Inaugural YWCA Bury Tournament
The Senior Club were represented by two teams in today's YWCA Bury tournament at Wright Robinson in Manchester.
With only one loss on the day, Bury Black were runners up behind Dominoes Yellow. Bury Purple put in some strong performances in their fixtures but couldn't quite finish in the top half of the table.
A huge thank you to Becky Smith, Jenny Cross and Lianne Dooley for their coaching and management on the day, and all the other Club volunteers for their organisation of the tournament.
For videos from the Black v Purple match at the tournament, please click here.
11th May 2017
Henry Takes On Coaching Role
We are so pleased to announce Rachel Henry as the new coach for the Senior club!
Helped by her wealth of playing and coaching experience, the Seniors are looking to push onwards and upwards in the NW Prem and NW Champs next season, following a strong season under the guidance of Rob McKee.
The whole Senior club would like to thank Rob for his dedication, passion and commitment during the 2016/2017 season and wish him continued success in his various coaching capacities across the NW.
7th November 2016
Skipton Building Society Winners!
Thanks for everyone who voted for the Club to win £500 from the Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving programme. The funds will really help to support the Club. Thank you.
2nd September 2016
Funding Shortlisting - We Need Your Votes!
We are delighted to have been shortlisted for £500 funding from Skipton Building Society's "Grassroots Giving" fund. To win the funding, we need votes, votes, votes! So please take a minute to register your vote for us by clicking here and entering your email address. The deadline for votes is 14th October 2016.