In 2015, we noticed there was a lack of social team sporting opportunities for women but a huge demand, with a growing number of women who played netball in school and were keen to get playing again. Considering the health, fitness and social benefits to playing while having such a great time, we could see why.
Our mission was and still is a simple one: To provide a high quality social league format and environment which is fun, friendly and suitable for all abilities with a competitive edge.
We quickly became the UK’s leading provider of netball leagues, growing from 1 to over 100 venues within a few years. We continue to grow and as an organisation have a continuous improvement philosophy resulting in us always striving to improve every area of the business to ensure we deliver to the highest standard. If you want to find out more about Play Netball, go to About Our Leagues.
Andrew founded Achieve Sports Ltd in 2009, and the Play Netball brand was born in 2015. Play Netball quickly became the UK’s largest provider of social netball leagues and has gone from strength to strength since. Andrew is extremely proud of our fantastic team who continue to fulfil our original mission of providing high quality social netball leagues that have a hugely positive impact on so many people’s health, fitness and mental wellbeing.
Rob joined Play Netball in 2015, having worked with director Andrew in another sports business, teaching PE in schools after he completed his Sports Science degree in 2013. Rob and Andrew saw the gap in the market for social weekly netball and began to work on setting up Play Netball. Rob continued to do this and grew the business over the years to over 100+ leagues across the country and he now oversees the whole business and head office team.
Sports Administrator Manager
Tamsin joined Play Netball in 2019 after graduating with a Masters in Sports Psychology. She now manages our administration team who organise the daily routines of all Play Netball leagues across the UK. Tamsin also liaises with all Match Night Coordinators, making sure everything is running effectively their end. Outside of work, Tamsin enjoys playing netball in our Play Netball Crawley Monday and Tuesday social leagues.
Rachel joined Play Netball in 2022 after previously working for 111. She now helps organise the running of all Play Netball leagues across the UK. Outside of work, Rachel is an avid netball player, playing for Ashford Netball League. She also coordinates our Canterbury, Ashford and Maidstone Play Netball Leagues.
Beth joined Play Netball in October 2022. She assists with the day to day administrative tasks for our netball leagues. Outside of work, she loves to run and go to the gym, and keeping fit is her biggest passion. She played netball throughout school and college and is looking to get back into the sport in the new year.
Finance Accounts Manager
Emma joined Play Netball in February 2020 and is responsible for all things Finance! She is a qualified accountant, having previously worked in the Finance Department of large corporate companies. Outside of work she gets her sporting fix from competing in Dog Agility with her 2 Border Collies.
Finance Accounts Assistant
Hannah joined play netball in February 2022 after previously working as an Account Executive for an insurance company for 8 years. She is now in charge of the credit control department where she assists teams with payments of their season fees. She also assists the Finance manager with team equipment orders, venue invoices and enquiries. Outside of work she has two young children who keep her extremely active and is a lover of all sports.
Sports Marketing Executive
Alison joined Play Netball in 2021 after previously working at a newspaper publishing group. She now leads our marketing strategies as well as oversees all social media channels, brand partnerships, and key public events. Outside of work, she plays netball for a local club in Eastleigh and participates in the Southampton district league. Alison is also a huge supporter for the England Roses and attends as many matches as possible. Her favourite Roses are Eleanor Cardwell and Imogen Allison.
Sports Marketing Assistant
Hannah joined Play Netball in 2023 after working in marketing for the last 5 years. Hannah loves design, social media, copywriting and photography and uses her experience of the full digital and traditional marketing mix within in her role. Hannah plays in the Play Netball Newbury Monday league in a team that was set up of players who all signed up as individuals! Hannah loves and keeps up to date with everything that’s going on in all sports, but has always been a huge F1 fan and has attended Silverstone & Monaco.
Sports Development Manager
Fenella joined Play Netball in September 2022 after working in a Pupil Referral Unit. She now works on developing our new leagues, focusing on expanding grassroot sports by making them accessible to all. She spends a lot of time with her horse and is a keen runner. Previously, Fenella was a performance hockey player at Loughborough University where she achieved First Class Honours in Sport Management BSc. She also has an NVQ in Sporting Excellence.
Sports Development Officer
Sam joined Play Netball in 2022. She is one of our Sports Development Officers which involves setting up and starting new leagues across the country, booking venues and dates for these leagues to run, and arranging umpires for game nights. Outside of work she runs a netball club in her local district league which consists of two teams, one she plays in and one she coaches. Sam also holds a C grade umpiring qualification.
Match Night Coordinator - UK Wide
We have over 100 hard working and dedicated Match Night Coordinators. Each of our leagues will have one designated coordinator who’s role is to make sure matches on the night run smoothly and efficiently. Our Coordinators have plenty of experience when it comes to umpiring and playing netball; they are here to help guide you back into the sport, but most importantly, they want to make sure you’re having fun!
Match Night Umpire - UK Wide
At Play Netball we strive in providing quality umpires in all our leagues. We have over 500 committed umpires working with Play Netball, where it is their responsibility to officiate and make sure matches are played safely and fairly. All our umpires hold various qualifications with some starting their umpiring journey with us. Just like our Match Night Coordinators, our umpires are there to make sure you’re having the best time on court.
I love Play Netball, I had been looking for a friendly social league for a long time and this was it. It’s a great way to get out of the house, keep fit and make friends. I had not played netball since leaving school (18 years to be exact)! But it didn’t take long for me to remember. This is my ‘me time’, as most mum’s will know ‘me time’ is hard to come by, but for me this is time well spent.
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