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Thunderbirds needs YOUR help urgently!

CAPS stands for Club Action Planning Scheme. With three grades to aspire to, Bronze, Silver and Gold, it is England Netball’s benchmark set of standards for safeguarding, club management and development. All clubs are required to achieve Bronze as a minimum to be accredited by our national sporting authority.

Thunderbirds achieved its Bronze award during its first season in April 2016. Back then, the club had a full compliment of coaches and parent volunteers. It also had an ambitious but achievable game plan to meet the insatiable appetite for junior netball in Stratford upon Avon. So efficient was our rise and expansion, we were nominated for an England Netball “Goalden Globe” award.

Each club is reassessed every four years, much like a school Ofsted inspection, by EN’s local representative. Thunderbirds should have been reassessed in June 2020 but due to Covid-19 this is been postponed until the New Year 2021. The club had its sights on the Silver standard, but the pandemic has made getting our junior members back to training and competing again a priority.

Sadly, due to a disturbing lack of new parent volunteers to take on essential roles, we face the troubling prospect of not only failing to meet the conditions of our Club Constitution, we risk our Bronze status. This in turn undermines everything our coaches, players and Committee have worked hard to achieve.

The irony is, the club could not be in better shape; we have experience and titles under our belts, Kelly and Molly have a requisite club development plan, we have excellent facilities and equipment at our disposal and club finances are healthy. All policies and procedures are all in place yet we do not have all the volunteers we need to tick all the CAPS boxes. This is despite our membership being five times greater than when we started in 2015.

There is an urgent need for more Mums and Dads to come forward, to share the workload and keep our club alive. Many of our Executive Committee also have Team Manager responsibilities as well as busy working and family lives.

To repeat a recent appeal and support the sentiment of our club manager in her 2021 overview, we urgently need a Club Secretary, a Volunteer Coordinator, GDPR officer and qualified umpire to meet our CAPS expectation. The club also needs a Kit Secretary and Equipment Secretary plus a pool of willing helpers for peak time activity, e.g. annual awards night and membership renewals.

An hour or two a month can g a long way! Job descriptions for most roles are included on our volunteers page or are available on request.

To find out more please contact the club and/or Elaine.Binks@talktalk.net. Thank you.

Thunderbirds Committee in Virtual First!

The Stratford Thunderbirds committee made history on Wednesday the 29th April 2020 with their first ever 'Virtual' committee meeting using the Zoom platform. The commitee meet on a monthly basis throughout the year to discuss matters important to the ongoing,...

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New ‘Hall of Fame’ now live!

We are immensely proud of each and every one of our players and love to see their hard work and effort rewarded with a place in Competition Teams, Franchise and County Academies.  We've created a new 'Hall of Fame' page which recognises those achievements. Why not...

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Train Like a Thunderbird!

We know lots of you will be going crazy without netball! That is why we’re launching #trainlikeathunderbird Get creative, get family involved, show us how you’re keeping your netball skills topped up! Use the hashtag and show each other love and support! Create a...

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New Website Launched!

If you're reading this then you've found the new Stratford Thunderbirds website. Welcome. The original website was established with the club back in 2015 and has served well as a source of information, news and historical reference. This website aims to build upon the...

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COVID-19 Update

In line with Government advice and that from England Netball,  Thunderbirds have made the decision to cancel all training sessions and matches with immediate effect. We will follow official guidelines and common sense whilst making a decision when to restart.  While...

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Sponsorship News

New Sponsor – Prime Studios

New Sponsor – Prime Studios

We are pleased to announce that Prime Studios are supporting our club by becoming “Friends of Thunderbirds”. Prime Studios are a bespoke private gym a short distance from Stratford in a lovely rural location. In addition to bespoke personal training, they offer sports...

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Now on Twitter

🚀 Amazing effort from all those who took part in Tuesday’s Defense Sessions 🚀⠀

🏆 POTS:⠀

⭐️ U8 - U11: Thea (U11 A)⠀
⭐️ U12+ : Lucy (U13) ⠀
⭐️ Performance: Abbie (U14 Performance)⠀

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🚀 Last night saw the launch of our new online training programme, starting with Attacking HIIT 🚀 ⠀

🏅Brilliant work from every player!⠀

🏆 POTS:⠀

U8-U11: Eva (U11)⠀
U12-U19: Phoebe (U13A)⠀
Performance: Mia (U16 Performace)⠀

💥Next up: Defence on Wednesday💥

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Are you looking to hit your fitness goals for 2021 from home? You can get in shape and raise donations for Thunderbirds when you shop for everything health and fitness, including equipment, nutrition, activewear and electronics via #easyfundraising. http://efraising.org/iAS5KxgH2W

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Stratford Thunderbirds have been established since 2015 and released regular Newsletters from the very start.

 

These newsletters can be viewed in our Newsletter Archive. It’s a great way to get to know us!