carole Since taking over the job of blogging on the Turnford site I have been incredibly lucky to have had a huge amount of success from the Turnford teams to be able to write about – making my job incredibly easy. Behind the success of our amazing ladies are a huge number of fantastic volunteers, umpires and coaches who work tirelessly for the club. Leading the charge is our formidable Head Coach Carole Titmuss and we are delighted that she was once again recognised for her service to Netball at the recent Hertfordshire Netball Awards Ceremony.

Awarded for her exceptional contribution to netball, it was stated that Carole has been the key driving force behind the success and growth of Turnford NC from a grassroots level to a high performance club – with a squad now competing in Division 1 of the National Premier League.

An integral part of Carole’s legacy is the volunteering programme she created and implemented at TNC – this programme ensures we can facilitate quality coaching consistently to all the athletes (278) that we have at the club. On this programme Carole mentors Turnford’s young players to become future coaches and umpires by working alongside and supporting the youngsters at their weekly training sessions (Wednesday and Thursdays) and games (Saturdays and Sundays). These young coaches and umpires will support lead coaches and umpire at tournaments and weekend fixtures. Carole is also instrumental in guiding young aspiring officials onto the England Netball Youth Advisory Group.

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In addition, Carole has also put into place club/school links that never previously existed and a strong High Performance Club development programme that is proven in its methodology and the results. These links continue to support and grow the foundations of their athlete base, and our high performance club programme further assists these athletes development.

Its important to note that whilst being Head Coach at Turnford, Carole has produced in excess of 24 athletes through to England representation not forgetting the huge number of athletes Turnford regularly feeds into County, Regional, NPL and SuperLeague. Carole’s U14 and U16 squads have always finished in the top 10 Nationally and she will regularly multi task running 3 squads across junior and senior teams. Paralleled with this, Carole also oversees the disability coaching programme which is run in conjunction with some local schools to make the sport accessible to all.

Carole is the driving force behind Turnford achieving the Gold Caps award and also receiving the Queens Award for Service to Sport in 2010 – she would spend hours collecting and organizing all the evidence needed to support the Awards. At present Carole is also Equity & Safeguarding Officer which she has been doing since about 2005. Since 2014 she has taken on the role of Chair of the Coaching TSG. She was also a County coach in the days of county competition and an academy coach.

There is not a single player, parent or coach at Turnford (and I suspect at any club team nationally) that does not know Carole. In addition to her endless enthusiasm for her own squads she is also ever present at every netballing event Turnford participates in. Always ready to give guidance to any player sporting the black and yellow – be they 8 years old and starting out, or one of her many representative level senior players. Her energy and enthusiasm knows no limits – she regularly is out coaching netball or taking squads all over the country day in day out and she is a major asset to the netball community not only locally, but also for the region. Carole is incredibly passionate about netball and the relentless efforts she pours into netball is infectious to those around her, who she continues to inspire.

At the awards ceremony, Carole stated she was pleased to be recognised for this award but said her commitment was for the love of netball. Carole will now represent Hertfordshire at the National Goalden Globe Awards ceremony in September.

Before ending this post I wanted to add a personal note. As a parent of a child in one of Carole’s squads I see the dedication and time commitment she puts in day in day out and its incredible. But its not just about putting in the hours and being present. Every one of the girls in her squads knows that they are cared for as individuals as well as part of the team, and if they listen to her guidance and work hard, they will become the players they want to be. There is nothing they wouldn’t do to make her proud and that is the mark of a great leader! They also love that she’s just a tiny bit crazy and loves to have fun with them!! Turnford, Hertfordshire and Netball in general is very lucky and we are pretty sure she will never be allowed to retire!

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