Our RDM Team
The Netball Scotland Development Team combines our Regional Development Managers, with the Education team and the Club and Competitions Administrator and our Community Impact Team, all of whom are linked with our Head of Development, Geraldine McGuire.
Working alongside all netball clubs and Districts, coaches and officials, volunteers and partners to develop a proactive and robust netball athlete pathway, and improved netballing opportunities for all.
Whilst Geraldine, Rebecca (Education and Development Manager), Lauren (Education Administrator), and Emma (Club and Competitions Development Administrator) are mostly office based, our team of Regional Development Managers are active across the country supporting 30 of the 32 Local Authorities in Scotland, supported in their roles by the Community Impact Team.
EAST AND CENTRAL
The East & Central region encompasses the local authorities of Edinburgh, the Lothians, the Scottish Borders, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling. Across the region my focus is to create and support opportunities for woman and girls to participate and #GrowAsASport whether this be as a social player, official, volunteer or coach. To develop the sport of netball I collaborate with a range of key partners such as active schools, local associations and most importantly the woman and girls of the region. To that end we operate an open door policy, so if you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns about netball in the region please get in touch and together we can succeed as a team.
I cover Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray which form the area of Grampian. We are focused on helping to develop the sport of netball at all levels, working with Active Schools in primaries and secondary schools, with ADNA (Aberdeen and District Netball Association) for junior and senior competitive clubs and with a range of partners for initiatives such as Bounce Back to Netball and Walking Netball programmes. We focus on the quality of education being provided to our coaches and officials and on developing our workforce in order to provide the highest level of participation and performance netball to all ages working alongside our sporting partners. I also provide support to Orkney and Shetland with regards to developing their structures and pathways, ensuring that opportunities are available for both players and officials that meet the needs of the community.
Regional Development Manager for the West North includes Argyll & Bute, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City. My role is to support netball development through the whole pathway from grass-roots to national level, servicing our members and working with partners such as schools, Community Sports Hubs, clubs, sports development and Active Schools to name a few.
Developing and empowering our people is a huge part of my job providing opportunities for volunteers, coaches, umpires and technical officials, in order for them to reach their full potential. In developing our people, this provides expert, highly skilled and the highest quality resources for our schools and clubs to effectively develop our sport.
To ensure netball is inclusive and accessible to all, I will be working with partners in all of my local authorities over the next year to plug the gaps in our current development/recreational pathway to ensure that if anyone wants to play netball, there will be an opportunity for them to do so. This includes the continued development and offering of our Community Impact programmes: Fun5z Early Years, InstaNet, Sirens for Success, Bounce Back to Netball and Walking Netball.
The West South Region consists of Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Lanarkshire. Across the region I support the development of netball and all those involved in taking our sport to the next level. Through working with key partners, my objective is to create environments where individuals can thrive in whichever capacity they choose; player, coach, official, volunteer or fan. On a practical level, this involves supporting good governance, ensuring a fun, safe and inclusive environment for members and creating new opportunities to #GetInvolved. I always encourage new ideas and dialogues that will further develop netball in Scotland so please get in touch if you have any suggestions.
TAYSIDE & FIFE
I am committed to raising the profile of netball in my four localities, Angus, Dundee, Perth & Kinross and Fife. I will work closely with Active Schools and Sports Development to increase school and club participation, helping them evolve and grow through ensuring they have access to quality education opportunities for their coaches and umpires.
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS
With no Regional Development Manager servicing Highlands & Islands as a full-time role, the area is supported directly from head office through the wider Netball Scotland team. Please visit the NS Team section of the website to direct your enquiry to the relevant staff member.