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Who Are We

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Yvonne Blunt


Membership Secretary 

I have carried out this role for a couple of years and love the interaction and friendliness of the Committee that cover the various roles.

I thoroughly enjoy all the netball that I am involved with and will continue to assist and help those that come to NCNA for any of their needs to fulfil their netball dreams.

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Phillippa Heid

Hi, my name is Phil, I am the treasurer for NCNA and volunteer my time to support the county association with the finances.  I love looking after my grandson Hudson, going to Zumba and I enjoy reading.

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Michelle Hampton

First played netball in 1985 when the team in the year above was “desperate” and needed someone “kinda sporty and tall”. Wore plimsolls, 

- No longer considered tall in the netball community.

- Netball heroes: Sharni Norder, Geva Mentor, Beth Cobden.

- Outgrown by two teenage daughters who have zero interest in netball. (Not bitter.)

- Has insecurities around height.

- Aside from Netty, loves books, cheese and forests.

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Debbie Edwards

County Officiating Lead

My passion is to inspire and support the next generation of Umpires. My umpiring has taken me to South Africa, Miami, LA, Denver, Vegas, New Orleans and many more places.  It has allowed me to make long lasting friendships across the World.


I am married and have 8 grandchildren of which some are now playing and scoring.  I also coach at School and locally within Corby. I love umpiring, I love my role as Officiating Officer and I love my County Northants.


Jacqui Brown 

County Performance Lead 

Level 2 Coach C Award Umpire

When I began my coaching journey as a teenager coach, I was just seventeen years old and I both played and coached a wide range of ages, people and groups for 33 years. With a growth mindset, my passion surrounds the game itself in its entirety. I enjoy seeing the progression that athletes make as their game transitions from childhood to being a professional. I am excited being a part of their development and is super proud to see them when they're still on the court as an adult showcasing their craft; whether on the elite stage or grassroot level.I am particularly proud of girls who have spent three to four years with me and now play for England, Scotland, Wales or for a top team in Premier League or a Franchise. 

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Sophie Vickers

County Performance Treasurer 

My names Sophie, I have been playing netball since the age of 11, I progressed into the talent pathway at 13. Things were unfortunately cut short at 16 when I ruptured my ACL. However, I couldn't stay away from the court, I turned my hand to coaching with a little help from Erica Ford. I picked up at 18, Assisting Erica with the county set up. I was assistant coach for a few years, moving between the under 13s and under 15s age groups, I then went on to take my Level 2 coaching, assisting in leading coaching at Brackley Netball Club as well as County lead for under 13s for a couple of years. I was lucky enough to be assistant coach on the Loughborough pathway in my later years of coaching. Work and family commitments have taken over since 2021, I now support the county from afar with helping Philippa process the expenses for the County Programme. 


Felicity Goodlife


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Lavon Walcott-Melville

Safeguarding Officer

My name is Lavon Walcott-Melville and I am the Safeguarding Officer. I am originally from Barbados and moved to the UK in 2006. Netball has been a part of my life from a very young age and I love the game. I am the Lead Team Manager for the Northants Performance and also a Level 1 Coach.

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Kelly Thomson

England Netball Development Officer – Northamptonshire

England Netball in December 2011 where I was previously a volunteer on the Northamptonshire County Netball Association Committee as secretary for two years.  My role as England Netball Development Officer involves working across Northamptonshire with clubs, schools, volunteers including coaches and officials, working with partner organisations such as Northamptonshire Sport and local leisure providers who all have a key focus on developing women’s sport especially netball.  Working and developing netball at grassroots level means I meet so many inspiring women and girls who not only share the sport I love but also give up many hours to keep our sport at the forefront of female sport and of course we all shared  the winning moment of England being crowned Commonwealth Gold medalists in 2018 and World Cup Silver medalists in 2023,  a dream come true.  

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