Miss Duffy – England Netball Teacher of the Year 2017 – National Award Winner
Saturday 16th September saw international netball players and volunteers from across the UK come together under one roof for an evening of glitz and glamour at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham, to recognise the outstanding contributions they make to netball, both on the national and international stage. The England Netball ‘Goalden Globe’ Awards is a collective celebration, beginning at a regional level with various events held between May and July, and culminating in a prestigious national awards evening.
As England Netball continues to adopt a digital first approach, selected categories were opened for the first time ever for all netballers to have their say on who should win.
Having already been awarded the England Netball London and South East Netball Teacher of the Year Regional Award in July, Miss Duffy then proceeded to the England Netball ‘Goalden Globe’ National Awards as the London and South East representative.
Two days prior to attending the national awards ceremony, Miss Duffy was awarded Kent Netball Teacher of the Year at the annual Kent Netball AGM in recognition of the contribution she has made to the development of netball throughout Kent.
The evening of the England Netball National Awards Ceremony saw Miss Duffy compete against six other regional award winners from across the UK in the ‘Teacher Award’ category. This award is given in recognition of a teacher’s outstanding contribution to netball delivery in the education environment. Nominees must have volunteered for a minimum of three years and this must be outside of their statutory responsibilities as a teacher.
Miss Duffy was nominated for this prestigious award for a number of reasons. In 2013, Miss Duffy helped to set up and establish Netball at St Paul’s Academy. Each week up to 70 plus girls across Years 7 to 11 participate in regular netball training sessions with Miss Duffy delivering up to three netball training sessions a week for pupils. Miss Duffy, along with Miss Stone is responsible for coaching 5 netball teams at St Paul’s between Years 7 to 11, ensuring the participation and engagement of all 5 teams in regular competitive fixtures throughout Greenwich and Kent. This year the SPA Netball girls have recorded their most successful season to date, winning 5 out of a possible 8 Greenwich Schools’ Netball League and Tournament trophies up for grabs.
Over the last 3 years Miss Duffy has also dedicated her time and energy into establishing a Greenwich Secondary Schools’ Netball League for the very first time. Acutely aware of the lack of competitive fixtures available for her girls to play when she first started at St Paul’s and the lack of structure for secondary school Netball in Greenwich, Miss Duffy made it her mission to establish a sustainable league. Miss Duffy’s vision was to enhance participation in Netball for all girls in Years 7 to 11 across schools in Greenwich. Miss Duffy aimed to set up a league which would allow girls to engage in regular, competitive netball fixtures, in turn developing the levels of skill and understanding of the games as well as building meaningful and lasting relationships between Greenwich Schools. Over the last 3 years the Greenwich Schools’ Netball League has continued to grow and within the last 12 months has seen the involvement of 8 secondary schools in regular netball fixtures across the borough each week. A further 3 schools to date will also join the league next year. Working closely with staff across all schools, Miss Duffy’s passion and enthusiasm for netball has helped to hugely enhance its status and levels of participation throughout Greenwich Borough. Within the last 12 months Miss Duffy has also been working extremely closely with members of Greenwich Borough Sports Development department to help develop netball in Greenwich even further. During the upcoming academic year Miss Duffy also aims to introduce and establish a Greenwich Primary Schools’ Netball League for our local feeder primary schools.
It is as a result of Miss Duffy’s hard work, dedication and willingness to devote her time to the development of netball in her school and borough that all of the above has been possible. Miss Duffy has been the driving force of Netball in Greenwich and as a result was awarded the prestigious ENGLAND NETBALL ‘GOALDEN GLOBE’ TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017 in recognition of all of her achievements. This is a fantastic achievement and well deserved recognition for all of Miss Duffy’s relentless work and passion to ensuring the continued development of Netball in Greenwich; enriching the lives of hundreds of young girls across the borough on a weekly basis. Well done Miss Duffy, we are incredibly proud of your achievements, keep up the great work!