Restarting Netball

Since March, Zurich Netball Club have been keeping their minds sharp during lockdown with a monthly virtual quiz. Questions on art, science, sport, movie and even celebrity deaths (!) have been posed to our members, who have been more than happy to show off their brains. Congratulations to the winners of our lockdown quizzes: Julie, Lakshmi, Claudia and Lorna!

A busy night at the Zoom-ikon Arms Pub Quiz

Now our brains are finely tuned, it is time to get back on the netball court… almost! Summer fitness sessions will begin next Wednesday 15th July at 7pm until 8pm outside at Sihlhölzli (Manessestrasse 1, 8003 Zürich) until 26th August to help lose those lockdown kilos before proper training begins in again in September.

If you haven’t already signed up yet, add your name to the Doodle by clicking here so we know to expect you!

Due to the current circumstances, we will be adhering to social distancing rules and the recommendations of Swiss Netball and Swiss Olympic. The main rules that we ask everyone to stick to are below:

1. Do not attend if you have any symptoms of COVID-19

2. We will need to take attendance for each session

3. Everyone washes/disinfects their hands at the beginning/end of training

4. Everyone maintains physical distancing throughout the training (2m / 10m2 per person)

5. There will be a defined responsible person to ensure the above rules are followed

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact a member of the committee and we get back to you as soon as possible.

The Committee are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible in real life on Wednesday!

Coronavirus Update

As you will already be aware the Coronavirus pandemic is having huge consequences around the world and Zurich Netball Club is no exception to this.

The Club Calendar has now been updated to show that all club trainings until 19th April have been cancelled, as advised by the Swiss government. We hope that we will be back to training as soon as possible after this date but we will have to see how the situation is nearer the time. Of course, we will let you know when the information is available.

It does mean that we have also cancelled the ‘Bring a Bloke’ night and the ‘Easter Extravaganza’ and socials that were planned for the beginning of April. It is super disappointing but it’s far better that everyone stays healthy and safe.

The Committee have also made the decision to cancel their next meeting on the 2nd April. But the minutes for the last meeting on 5th March are now available to view in the Calendar so you can find out what the Committee have been discussing.

As the world is slowly grinding to a halt, we will still be posting photos and videos on social media (because we have already taken enough to last us for the next 3 seasons) and we will be soon start publishing the Player Profiles for 2020 so you can get to know your teammates better!

Also to help you stay fit for netball, a ‘Netball at Home’ email will be sent out to all email subscribers each Wednesday so that you can get your netball fix. No excuse!

In the meantime, we wish all our members, alumni and followers around the world the best of health. Stay Safe and Stay Positive!

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Fasnacht-themed Training

With celebrations for Fasnacht fast approaching, it was time to kick off training in February with a Fasnacht-theme. All members were asked to come in their best carnival costumes, or something bright and colourful, to scare away winter. Because, let’s face it, we all want it to be summer so we can play on the outside courts!

It was a great turnout and everyone put in a great effort into their outfits. It isn’t every Wednesday that we can say we had a zebra, clown, frog, penguin and a hula girl turn up for training. It was tricky for some to train in their costumes but we still managed to get through some tough ball skills and a mini tournament.

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Colourful for Carnival!

In 2020 we are re-introducing a monthly social after training. It seemed a shame to keep our excellent costumes a secret so we decided to share them with the clientele at the Outback pub. There’s nothing unusual about being dressed as a frog in the pub on a Wednesday, right?

It was also a cause for celebration for Kim, Lakshmi, Lorna and Lyndsay who had full attendance at training in January and were the winners of our Jump Into January competition. Well done Ladies!

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Members (and Julie’s coat) enjoying a well-earned post-training drink

The committee also had a meeting for the second time in 2020 on Thursday evening when items on the agenda included tournaments, coaching and where on earth the first aid kit has disappeared to?!?

The committee will next meet on March 5th. If you have any items that you would like to be discussed please let us know by email or just grab one of us at training. The agenda and minutes will be uploaded to Club Calendar when they are available.

If you would like to find out more about the committee, please click here.

Advance notice: there will be no training on 19th February due to school holidays.

Zurich Netball Club runs the Sola Stafette 2012

Despite rain, wind and a lot of mud, the 14 members of the Zurich Netball Club Sola team completed on Saturday 4th May, the Sola 2012 relay race around the hills and streets of Zurich.

The 2012 Sola race saw almost 900 teams of 14 runners (nearly 13,000 runners took part), running 116.57 km in one day, with an early 7:30 start. This was the first time we entered a team from Zurich Netball Club into the Sola Race, and it won’t be the last! The length of the legs vary from 4km to 14km each, as do the profiles, with up to 420m climbs in some legs.

It was a great day, and great training for upcoming netball events! We’re already looking forward to next year’s event!

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Spring News from Zurich Netball

What a start to the year! Congratulations once again to the lads and ladies of Matterhorn, winners of Switzerland’s first ever netball league! There was some fantastic netball being played, and it was great to see such a great turn out, such enthusiasm, and some competitive spirit!

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But, Zurich Netball keeps on going! Here’s a preview of what’s to come in the next few months…

Now- May 12th:  Preparation for the Swiss Tournament in Lausanne on May 12th.

If you want to get involved, then contact us!  (If you want to get involved, but can’t play on May 12th, or don’t want to come to the tournament, get in touch anyway; you’re more than welcome to join in the training sessions!)

May 5th: Zurich Netball Club has entered a team into the Sola Lauf in Zurich, so feel free to come along and support us on the day, or at the finish line at the Sola Dorfli!

May onwards: We’re collecting your feedback on the Lion’s League before we decide on the format of the next club competition, but watch this space for announcements and news! Whatever the outcome, it’s sure to include a lot of netball, fun and a beer or two as well if you fancy!

 

Want to know about umpiring?

Thanks to Victor from Netball Sweden (yes, they play netball in Sweden too!), for sharing his excelling umpiring blog! Ever wondered about the three second rule? Want to know how to play the centre pass correctly? Want to check up on the latest rule changes?

Then click here to go to the site!

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Lorna and Mollie who have made it onto the Swiss squad travelling to Gibraltar to take on Wales, Gibraltar, Malta and more in the IFNA World Ranking tournament in June! Jo made it onto the reserves and will train with the squad. Well done also to Farzarna for trialling! The new senior Swiss team will be coached by Jennifer Fields (UK Superleague Netballer) and Victoria Knights  (Swiss U17 coach), and will be captained by Andrea McKellar.

More details to follow, and can be found on http://www.netballswitzerland.ch/

Photos from Lausanne Friendly Tournament 16th November

Although you might not believe it from the sunshine, this was November in Lausanne! Another reason to love netball in Switzerland! Here are a few shots from the great day, Zurich Netball often in red on this day due to the sea of blue bibs from other teams!

Even if the defence was tough, Zurich held their ground!

 

More tough defence, but solid concentration from Zurich

In action

Those boys are so tall!

Autmn netball in the Lausanne sunshine

Saturday 12th November saw a team from Zurich travelling to Lausanne International School for a friendly tournament, with 5 teams, and for the first time inside Switzerland, some mixed teams. In beautiful weather, the Zurich Team had some great games and the level of the day was high. Thanks to Lausanne for organising another fun day of netball in Switzerland and well done to the netballers from Zurich for some great play. Stay tuned for the photos coming soon!

Save the date. Sunday July 10th: Zurich Netball celebrates two (and a bit) years!

Come and join us (and an England Netball Coach!), with your friends and family for a day of netballing fun and celebration of how far Netball has come in Switzerland.

Sign up on http://www.doodle.com/9ykdar6n7v56sgwt
And watch this space: more details to follow!