The club welcomes Tilly Branch as our new Coaching Coordinator.
Appointed in September 2021, Tilly accepted the club’s invitation to lead coaching across all sections including Sandy, CDNA and the SFNL teams. Her appointment followed an internal recruitment process held during covid restrictions which involved an application and two interviews.
Tilly started playing netball at the age of 16 and still has the same passion for the sport, whether she’s working on court or off court.
She brings a wealth of experience as a player and coach. She plays in the SFNL Division B4 and is a current club coach, working with the Aces, Emeralds and Rival.
Tilly is also an umpire and in addition to leading our club’s coaching, she also coordinates the umpires for Sandringham District Netball Association.
In a message to parents, players and coaches, Tilly said:
“I have a passion for netball. It’s a great sport for keeping fit, making friends and having fun.
“I’m looking forward to bringing my broad experience to this role, to helping develop players across all skill levels and encouraging them to try their best, while playing in the right spirit.
“I know the current crop of coaches and look forward to working with them, as well as with new coaches. I see this role as an opportunity to help players and coaches develop their skills and to work with the committee to guide player and coaching development over the next two to three years.
“EBVNC is a great club and I can’t wait to see parents, players and coaches back on court.”
Club President, Murray Collins welcomed Tilly to her new role and said he was delighted with the appointment.
“This is great news for the club. We have recruited from within the membership and appointed a player and coach with great experience.
“During the interview process, Tilly demonstrated an understanding for the club’s values and culture, and unprompted, outlined an approach that aligned with our thinking.
“We are excited that Tilly has agreed to join the committee with immediate effect and is already getting stuck into the role.
“On behalf of the club, we wish her well,” said Murray.
Tilly’s role is voluntary and while she will lead this space, she is not expected to do so in isolation. The club is actively seeking an assistant/s to support Tilly and we encourage anyone who’s interested to contact Tilly or Murray.
The club thanks out-going Coaching Coordinator Emily Higgins, who informed the club earlier this year that she would be stepping down from formal duties.
Emily has more than ‘done her bit. Em has been an ever present with the club since its inception, co-founding the club, initially as the Brighton Sparks in 2010, and then as EBVNC in 2016.
Throughout this time, Emily has driven the club forward, inspired players and led by example on and off the court. She’s been a member of the Executive Committee, and has been consistent in her passion that sport should be available to all. Emily will continue as a parent coach, and over the years has coached a number of Sandy and Rep teams, driven coaching and development initiatives, and was co-creator of the award winning All Abilities Netball program.
Emily will be formally acknowledged for her service to EBVNC, but in the meantime, the club thanks her for her dedication, commitment and positive energy that has been the backbone of our club for so many years.