A NETBALL volunteer who has helped create teams and encourage women into the sport has been recognised for her work.

Anna Robertson has been recognised for her contribution to Back to Netball coaching where she has reintroduced hundreds of women back into the sport over the years.

She has set up four teams through the Back to Netball initiative and these teams are now playing in the Herefordshire Netball league.

Robertson has been nominated for a Netball Volunteer One Award which is for West Midlands Coach of the Year - Adults.

This will be taking place on Friday, May 20, at Aston Villa Football Club.

“I am over the moon to be nominated by the ladies I coach," said Robertson.

"Netball isn’t just a game, it’s so much more than that and I have seen over the years how it supports women physically, emotionally as well as socially.

"In Herefordshire, netball is still thriving with three divisions in the adult Herefordshire league. "Covid-19 really hit my Back to Netball numbers which was disheartening, but this was not just happening in Herefordshire but across the country in all netball sessions.

"We are currently taking a break but will be relaunching Herefordshire Back to Netball sessions starting Tuesday, June, 7 between 7pm and 8pm at Hereford Academy.

The sessions are fun and friendly open to ladies of all ages (16+) and abilities.

"The session includes warm up, skill session & match play.”