1V Netball


Three sections of netball groups have proved such a success that new sessions are to be introduced to meet the demand. Over 45 girls participate in the 1V Junior Netball each Sunday morning at Blackburn Leisure Centre.

There are places available for 10 to 14 year olds interested in learning new skills, and being active.

Interim coach Anne Marie puts the junior girls through their catching practice

Back to Netball takes place every Friday night (restarting in early September 2018) with trainee coaches taking the lead, and Walking Netball has started at Bangor St Community Centre for the over 40s. Both sessions take place on a weekly basis, and will recommence in early September.

For more information and to join contact One Voice on 01254 676193, or email info@onevoicenetwork.org.uk


Jayne Wilson, Lancashire Sport; Deeba Ahmed, One Voice Director, and Anne Wignall, from West Pennine Club

The 1V Netball Club was officially launched at the One Voice Annual Dinner, in February 2018.

Jayne Wilson, from Lancashire Sport, and Anne Wignall from West Pennine Club, handed over a presentation to Deeba Ahmed, Director at One Voice Blackburn.

Jayne Wilson said,

“We at Lancashire Sport have worked with One Voice in setting up their vision – 1V Netball Club. We are also working with One Voice on a number of other projects including their insight into barriers for South Asian heritage women going into sport. They will be a valuable partner for us not only in Blackburn, but throughout Lancashire.

England Netball, through Stephanie Hastwell, has worked closely with One Voice to ensure their club registration achieves their target of serving their local community, whether it’s a 6 year old or a 50 year old.

One Voice has not only delivered on all their promises but they have far exceeded them. A journey that I thought would take a number of years they have completed in a matter of months.”


Netball is the biggest female participation sport in the world. 1V Netball looks to develop sporting skills among the young female members of the Blackburn and Darwen community who would otherwise not get involved in sport.

Social isolation is a major factor why girls from the South Asian heritage community do not participate in sport. One Voice is taking steps to address this at all levels.

1V Netball Club was officially launched on 24th February at the One Voice Annual Dinner. There are three groups – 1V Junior section, 1V Back to Netball, and 1V Walking Netball. 1V Netball Club have joined West Pennine Club as the two England Netball affiliated clubs in Blackburn and Darwen.


1V Netball Coaching Academy

One Voice is currently undertaking a Netball Coaching Academy to create the coaches of the future from some of the hard to reach communities in the North. We recognize that to fulfill the needs of the sporting needs of the girls, we need to create more coaches. One Voice aims to create 11 UKCC Netball Level 1 and Level 2 coaches by September 2018