Swindon-based volunteer, Mo Squires, celebrated a record-breaking night at England Netball’s National Goalden Globe Awards by taking away 3 awards from 3 different categories – the most ever won by a single volunteer in one year.
The Goalden Globe Awards (which this year were held at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham on Saturday 16th September), are designed to celebrate the remarkable contribution that volunteers make to the delivery of netball across the country. They look to thank individuals who have given up a huge amount of time in all aspects of netball volunteering.
Mo, Raychem Netball Club’s founder and current Chairperson, started the evening by collecting the National Long Service Award for her dedication to netball in Wiltshire over the past 40 years. During this time, Mo has held numerous coaching, administration and committee roles at club and league/county levels and has made a significant impact on the development and delivery of netball across Swindon and Wiltshire.
Mo’s second award of the night (the Inclusion and Diversity Award) was presented to her for all the wonderful work she has done launching and continuingly guiding the Swindon Vixens – a community based netball club for women with learning difficulties. Under Mo’s guidance the club has not only provided an engaging environment in which the women can exercise, but has provided somewhere where the individuals can grow their confidence and independence and also have an opportunity to integrate themselves in the local community.
As the evening drew to a close, Mo’s hat trick of awards was completed with the National Rose Award - presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated an exceptional contribution to netball in the last 12 months. Fondly referred to as ‘the founder of Walking Netball’, Mo has been instrumental in the development of the Walking Netball programme. With 11 sessions now running in Wiltshire alone, Walking Netball has enabled thousands of women, from across the country, access to netball who had otherwise thought their playing and exercising days were over. As one of the first fully trained hosts and an advocate of the programme, Mo has been incredibly forthcoming with feedback to England Netball, offering a real-life understanding of how the game should be delivered and its impact on participants and has ensured it has been well covered by local and national media outlets - including Sky and the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
Upon receiving her awards, Mo Squires said “‘To actually be nominated for the award means a huge amount because the nomination comes from your peers, so that means everything. To be shortlisted is fantastic and to actually win is amazing, truly amazing.’
Alongside Mo at the awards was also young, Swindon based, volunteer, Amy Tomlin who was being recognised for reaching over 400 hours of volunteering hours through England Netball’s Pass on your Passion Scheme. Amy regularly commits time to coaching and umpiring in her community and has reached this incredible milestone at the age of just 14!
Emily Harrison, Avon & Wiltshire Netball Development Officer (England Netball) said, “Mo’s contribution to netball at all levels right across Wiltshire is simply remarkable. She continues to selflessly commit her time to supporting people to enjoy the game regardless of their ability, background, age or circumstance. As well as providing hundreds of people of all ages an opportunity to play, Mo’s real strength is identifying the good that netball can do for individuals and groups within our community and the impact she has had on people’s lives is immeasurable. I’m delighted she has been recognised on such a scale and am incredibly proud and lucky to have been able to work with her over the past few years”.
“Being able to take time and celebrate the incredible contribution volunteers make to our sport is extremely important as without them, our sport simply wouldn’t happen. With volunteers like Mo leading the way, and with young volunteers like Amy hot on their heels, I think it’s safe to say netball will continue to be in good hands for several years to come”.
For any further information, please contact Emily Harrison on Emily.Harrison@englandnetball.co.uk or 07540126813
- Mo Squires collecting award from England Netball Player, Natalie Haythornwaite
- Mo Squires with the Rose Award
- Amy Tomlin with the Pass on Your Passion Award