Social Netball flying at UWE Bristol

Issue date: 10 January 2014

UWE Bristol has been selected by England Netball to be part of the University Netball Officer Programme.

A University Netball Officer (UNO) is a student volunteer that is empowered, supported and deployed by England Netball in conjunction the UWE sports development team, through the UWE EDGE sports volunteering programme. Their aim is to develop and deliver a programme of netball activities that encourage more students to keep active by participating in netball. The EDGE programme aims to enable the UNO to develop their own employable and transferrable skills ready for their future career in their chosen field.

UWE's UNO Lydia Edwards runs the social netball programme at UWE which allows individuals who haven't played netball for a long time or are new to the sport to get involved. She has engaged over 110 players over the past two years, resulting in over 1,176 attendances. The UNO role has boosted social netball at UWE and has resulted in a successful and sustainable programme.

Lydia acts as the main point of contact for all players, team captains and umpires. She generates the fixtures for the league, completes weekly registers and updates the league table by entering weekly results.

Lydia completed 175 hours of volunteering last academic year - increasing netball participation at UWE by over 2000% and is on target to complete the same this year. Lydia is a dynamic, hardworking and dedicated volunteer whose passion and enthusiasm for netball; mixed with her infectious personality has enabled both the intramural league and the UNO volunteer position to be a huge success. In recognition of this Lydia was awarded second place as Volunteer of the Year at UWE's Celebrating Talent awards.

To get involved in UWE's social sport netball programme please visit

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