Saints Netball Awarded Silver Thistle Mark by Netball Scotland
Monday 26 June 2017
The University of St Andrews Netball Club has had a fantastic season this year with many notable achievements and victories. Their first team accomplished second place in the 1A division of BUCS League and the Scottish Student Sport Netball Championships and also played their first ever Championship Cup Game and Varsity match. The club also won Saints Sport Club of the Year for 2016/2017 after winning Most Improved Club for 2015/2016. The ongoing positive development of the club can be seen through accomplishments such as these. However, a more recent achievement is the club being awarded the Silver Thistle Mark by Netball Scotland.
The Thistle Mark is a club accreditation scheme by Netball Scotland that gives recognition and approval towards a select number of Netball clubs across Scotland. This covers everything from playing environment to coaching programme to developing the workforce, all benchmarked against Netball Scotland’s quality standards. Saints Netball are the first University Netball Club to achieve the Silver Thistle Mark and the scheme only began 12 months ago so to have achieved this in such a short period of time is outstanding. It certainly demonstrates that Saints Netball are developing the right environment for players to reach their potential both on and off the court.
Heather Gaunt, the Director of Netball explains that ‘This really does round off a great year for Saints Netball having just won the Saints Sport Club of the Year. I couldn’t be prouder of all the players and I especially need to thank Harriet Bell, the outgoing Netball Club President, who has been instrumental in the club achieving so much this season. We also know what we now need to do to get the Gold Thistle Mark so that is now part of our wider club development plan.’
Harriet Bell adds ‘This season we aimed to build on our own successes, continuing to develop a brilliant netball programme which caters for everyone, right from our 1st team to our Social players. Achieving the Silver Thistle Mark from Netball Scotland is a brilliant recognition of this. I’m so excited to see Saints Netball grow even further in the years to come.’
Team Photo 2016/2017
Saints Sport would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Saints Netball on obtaining this prestigious award along with all that they have achieved this past season. We too, are excited to see what is in store for Saints Netball in the future. #EverToExcel
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