Coaches & Committee Profiles

Lydia Patterson 
Level 2 Coach
Chairperson
C Award Umpire
 
I started coaching when I was 18 years old and started as a Cheshire Youth Games Coach.  From there I started the junior section at Northwich Sapphires and was a U14’s Cheshire Coach.
As I love the game of Netball and am a player myself, I enjoy volunteering to enable young girls to take part in the game and enjoy it as much as I do!

Michelle Timm
Safeguarding Officer and Level 2 Coach
My passion for netball started when I went to secondary school. As it was a  Convent Grammar there were no fields and so the main sport was netball! I instantly loved the game and enjoyed the friendship groups it helped create. Over forty years later, I still play on a regular basis in the mixed netball league. I became involved with Northwich Sapphires in 2008 when my daughter joined. Not being one to sit and watch, I began to help and soon became a level 2 coach. I love to see how in time each girl grows and develops. Whilst I give up my time for the club, Northwich Sapphires has given me back much more. It is a wonderful club and feels like one big happy family! 

Jess Fowler
Senior Coach (Level 2)
My passion for netball started at school; at primary school and then at Wirral Grammar where I experienced National finals. I went on to represent my county and beyond into the England talent development squads. I have always loved coaching and started at school, coaching younger pupils, this developed further when I started my teaching career and I set up a club in Lincolnshire. I joined Sapphires when I moved back to the area after a brief meeting with Lauren Watson, I was asked to come and coach a couple of sessions and a couple of weeks later I was senior coach.

Carly Grindrod
Level 2 Coach
Senior player and designer
Since an early age my passion for netball just grew. I have played at a variety of levels over the years starting with Bury and Manchester County / North West  in my youth, to university years in Loughborough. I have loved playing various local leagues ever since, these teams have provided invaluable experience that I am able to move over into coaching. Never imagined I would get into coaching but my daughter joined Northwich Sapphires junior team and the passion continues and I love the game even more now!

Jessica Taylor
Level 2 Coach
Senior player and committee member
I joined the club in 2011 after getting back into netball at university. I joined the senior section as a player and soon got involved with coaching the juniors. I have been coaching for 7 years at the club, currently working with the U16’s. I’m very passionate about the game and love getting the girls involved in netball. 

Laura Middlebrook
Level 1 Coach (on route to Level 2)
Proud parent and player
I’ve played and loved netball since primary school and still play every week. I am a secondary PE teacher coaching school teams for 20 years. Northwich Sapphires has been great for both my daughters and I felt it was time for me to put something back into the club. I love seeing the young players develop and enjoy netball just as I have done.

Michelle Timm
Level 2 Coach
Player and committee member
My passion for netball started when I went to secondary school. As it was a  Convent Grammar there were no fields and so the main sport was netball! I instantly loved the game and enjoyed the friendship groups it helped create. Over forty years later, I still play on a regular basis in the mixed netball league. I became involved with Northwich Sapphires in 2008 when my daughter joined. Not being one to sit and watch, I began to help and soon became a level 2 coach. I love to see how in time each girl grows and develops. Whilst I give up my time for the club, Northwich Sapphires has given me back much more. It is a wonderful club and feels like one big happy family! 

Megan Taylor
Level 1 Coach (on route to Level 2)
I fell in love with netball at primary school, this then led to a very enjoyable 5 years at high school but unfortunately stopped playing for a few years. A friend reintroduced me to the sport in my 20’s and I realised how much I had missed being part of netball club and have been involved in a playing or coaching role ever since. The opportunity to help inspire more and more girls to become part of netball and seeing them enjoy it as much as I used to is very rewarding and something I hope to continue to do for a very long time.

Committee Members

 

Lydia Patterson
Chairperson
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Sarah Langley
Senior Secretary
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Libby Ahovi
Junior Committee Representative

Jan Turley: Club President

Hayley Holmes: Vice Chairperson

Jane Taylor: Junior Secretary (ns-junior-sec@outlook.com)

Claire Hills: Treasurer (ns-treasurer@outlook.com)

Mark Walsh: Assistant to the Treasurer

Jess Taylor: Junior Umpiring Secretary

Siobhan Goryl: Media & Senior Member Engagement

Michelle Timm: Safe Guarding Officer

Di Woodward: Membership Liason Officer

Claire Walsh: Senior Umpiring Secretary / Kit Manager (ns-kitmanager@outlook.com)

Mel Bishop: Volunteer Officer

Lauren Watson / Sam Brocklebank: Fundraising / Events