Hopp Zürich!

Our main highlight of the month was the opportunity we had to host all the Swiss Netball teams in the League for the 4th round of the season! We would like to thank all the volunteers and supporters who came out for a fun day of Netball and we look forward to hosting again next season.

In the league this month, we played for the second time against GIN. It was such a tight game keeping all our supporters and spectators on the edge of their seats. Congratulations to GIN for coming away with the victory 23-17, but don’t worry we are well up for a rematch 😉 Not only did we have the league matches but also we were able to organise a friendly game for any of the travelling teams as well as the Zurich Club members who wanted to play. After a full day of Netball madness the activities continued with a Match Tea full of treats baked by our very own Zurich Netball Club Members as well as social drinks organised in the evening in central Zurich. Thank you to all those involved and making this a memorable League Day.

In February Zurich Netball Club also collaborated with Stiftung IdéeSport an NGO promoting sport across Switzerland for children and young people. A group of coaches went along to show the group of munchkins what Netball is and to help spread awareness of the game in the region. Again thank you to our coaches for taking part and supporting this initiative.

Next month we have the long anticipated annual Peppermill Tournament where Zurich will once again be sending a team to compete in multiple matches against other Swiss teams. Supporters are more than welcome to come along on the 26th March at the International School of Lausanne!

If you’re looking to keep up to date with all the news and events at Zurich Netball, give us a follow on our Instagram @zurichnetball! For anyone looking to join the club drop us an email at zurichnetball@gmail.com we would love to welcome you.

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What a start to the New Year!

The start of the New Year brought many new faces and players to the club. Whether you are new to netball or played in the past it is never too late to get involved! Drop us an email at zurichnetball@gmail.com to get in touch, we train every Tuesday at 19:00 Inter-Community School Zurich. Come join the fun!

On January 14th our league players headed down to Geneva once again to play for the first time against GGNA. After a strong start in the first quarter from Zurich, GGNA remained on our heels right until the end. The game finished with a Zurich win and the final score at 29-27! Thank you GGNA for the nail biting finish and we look forward to playing again later in the year. The next league match will be hosted in ZURICH, where we will be taking on GIN once again! Feel free to come down and support our league team or join in our friendly match (everyone is welcome). Center pass for the friendly is 11:30 and the league match 13:15 at Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland, Bühlstrasse 36, 8620 Wetzikon. We will also be planning a little social gathering post match in Zurich City, drop us a message on instagram or an email for more details – all clubs, players and supporters welcome.

In other news to kick start the New Year – Zurich Netball coaches designed a workout each week for those wanting to get back into training. You can still access them on our Instagram page. Be warned you will feel the burn for days afterwards! Thank you to volunteers for your demonstrations and to our coaches for the program.
If you’re looking to keep up to date with all the news and events at Zurich Netball, give us a follow on our Instagram @zurichnetball!

Weisser oder Roter Glühwein… let’s bereal!

NEW JOINERS FOR 2023!

We are always looking for new members to join the club and we cannot think of a better way to kick off the new year. Whether you want to play more competitively or to get your exercise in once a week and make some new friends. Drop an email to zurichnetball@gmail.com and we will give you all the details. We will be kicking off the year on January 10th and we would love to see some new faces! Trainings are every Tuesdays 19:00 at ICS International School Zurich.

League Team 3rd December 2022 with AGNA

As we began to wind down for the Christmas break our League Team travelled down to Geneva for the last league game of 2022 against Aubonne. The team played fabulously to win 43-22, congratulations and thank you to all our players, reserves and coaches. Our next match will be against GGNA on the 14th January back in Geneva once again!

SAVE THE DATE! On the 4th February Zurich will be hosting all the league matches on home turf. We would love to get as many supporters as possible, we will be posting more details on the event soon.

For our monthly social, Leah organised a lovely meet up at the Zurich Christmas Market. Where we had the choice of ‘Weisser oder Roter Glühwein’, also known as mulled red or white wine. Some may say, surprisingly, the most popular amongst our team was the mulled white wine! It was great to catch up with old and new faces of the club so keep your eyes peeled for our next social for more fun!

If your looking to keep up to date with all the news and events at Zurich Netball, give us a follow on our Instagram @zurichnetball!

And the answer is…

It was time for Zurich netball to put their knowledge to the test! In the first social organised by Leah, we took part in the Kennedy’s Pub Quiz Night. From Brit and Mon’s Aussie knowledge to Abby’s insights to Gibraltan Monkey you can safely say we out performed our expectations. Although we did not snatch the winning prize we did win a round of shots for the table with Emily’s excellent guessing skills in a game of heads and tails. Thank you Leah for organising and we look forward to more Pub Quizs in the future. Don’t forget our next social on 16th December, where we will be hitting up the Christmas Market in Zurich. If you’re interested in partaking please get in contact we’d love to have you join in on the fun!

There were no league games this month, but the next league match was just around the corner. On the 3rd of December Zurich sent a team to Geneva, where they took on AGNA (Aubonne Girls Netball Association). More to come on this event in our December post, Hopp Zürich!! Spoilers available on our Instagram.

If your looking to keep up to date with all the news and events at Zurich Netball, give us a follow on our Instagram @zurichnetball or if you’d like to get involved at our next training session send an email to zurichnetball@gmail.com and show up on Tuesdays at 19:00 at ICS International School Zurich – all are welcome.

Back to Netball

After what seems like an age, it is almost time to celebrate moving to our new home!

If you remember back to October last year, we finally found a new home for Zürich Netball Club only for the latest lockdown to hit. Now that things have calmed down again we are finally able to have our big reopening and invite everyone back to netball!

On Tuesday 24th August we will be back in the sports hall at Schule Kolbenacker at 8pm for netball, fitness and a lot of fun. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you all back. It’s been a long time since all the club members were back together but absence does make the heart grow fonder.

However, it’s not just old members were are looking to welcome back. We are also hoping that all the time trapped indoors with no sports to do has meant that some people in Zürich and the surrounding areas have been wondering about taking up a new hobby or coming back to netball. If that is you then please come a join us!

We plan to have a fun evening with lots of netball. If you have no experience and just want to try that’s no problem. All training will be provided ‘on the job’.’

If you are interested in joining us and celebrating our new home, please make sure you sign the Doodle so we know how many people to expect and we comply to current Covid regulations for track and trace.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at zurichnetball@gmail.com and one of the committee members will get back to you!

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!

Flashback Friday!

Before words like Lockdown, COVID-19 and pandemic became part of our every day language, Zürich Netball Club were featured in the Zürich newspaper Tagblatt as part of their ongoing feature of the different sports clubs in the canton.

The edition came out on the day we were told we wouldn’t be able to use our home court for the foreseeable future for safety reasons. Terrible timing!

If you didn’t manage to get your hands on a copy, below is the featured article. See the English translation below.

Netball? Many Swiss people may never have heard of it. This team sport, which is comparable with basketball, is extremely popular in English speaking circles, like Great Britain and Australia. That’s where the roots of Lorna Rettig (44, right) and Claudia Almer (35, left) lie, who today play for Zurich Netball Club.

“In my home country Scotland netball is the second most popular sport,” says Lorna Rettig. Her fascination for the sport began when she was 7 years-old, so it was all the more sad for the scientist when she moved to Zürich 15 year ago for work reasons and found that no netball clubs existed here.

“On the Internet I found some like-minded expats from Commonwealth countries and together we founded the club 11 years ago.”

Claudia Almer originally comes from Australia, where netball was a large part of her youth. During a world travel, she found a job in IT in Zürich and has lived here ever since. At Zürich Netball, Claudia says she most values all the friendships which she has built up, with around the 40 other club members.

“Although we don’t compete on an international level, as the professionals from Australia and Scotland are too strong, we stay on the ball!”

Well done to Lorna and Claudia for spreading the netball message and to Kim, who was able to arrange the interview with Tagblatt.

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/

Zurich Netball League website update

Visit the new Zurich Netball League page on our website to view information about Switzerland’s first netball league; including match schedules, team lists (to come before Christmas), results of each match and other general information about the league. You will be able to leave comments about the matches once the league gets going, and we’ll try to get a few action shots too! Watch this space!

Click here to go directly to the Zurich Netball League page.

Switzerland’s first ever netball league is coming to Zurich

We are excited to announce that Zurich Netball is launching from January Switzerland’s first ever netball league! We’ll be running league matches twice a month, with normal training sessions in the weeks inbetween. Contact us today if you would like to be a part of this exciting development to netball in Switzerland. The league is open to men and women, and will be mixed ability teams. If you’re interested in joining us, improving your fitness, honing your match skills and having a bit of fun competition, then please get in touch! Email us at zurichnetball@gmail.com for more information! Watch this space for updates too!