Page last updated 18th March 2019
We have taken a risky decision on the number of teams this year. Rather than have six teams and face the prospect of having to turn new players away, we have decided to have seven teams. This means that we continue to have vacancies for players, especially if they have a little experience of the game already or the ability to pick a sport up quickly.
New players are still welcome: please ring 0121 472 0114 or 07771 851903
Kit distribution evening (mandatory)
Tuesday 19th March at 6:10pm at DECS Sports Hall (Dance Studio). Kit will be loaned on a returnable deposit of £10.00. Players will be given fixture lists when they get their kit. There is always a current fixture list (with up to date results) on this site - see Downloads. .
League matches etc
These are all outdoors at our main venue, the University of Birmingham School, on Saturday mornings betweem 9:00am and 12:00 noon. The dates are:
There will be three rounds on each match day, starting 09:00, 09:40 and 10:20. Each round will last approximately 1½ hours. Teams will play in one or two of the three rounds.
The Tournament will be on 29th June.
A tuck shop selling hot and cold drinks and snacks
will operate at match times.
Presentation Evening and Disco
Saturday 13th July, with Mirror Image Disco.
Any changes will be publicised here.
*NB there will not be a match on 23rd March after all - many of the Team Managers are involved in matches in the Walsall League on that morning.
In our Little League you get a lot for just £20.00:
What is not to like?
Since 2003 Bournville & Selly Oak Little League has been a recognised Little League under the auspices of Birmingham City Council Sports Development and follows the Fair Play Charter and (so far as is possible) the rules that were laid down for the running of Little Leagues.
Little League Netball has been established in Birmingham for well over twenty years and aims to provide the opportunity for local girls (school years 3, 4, 5 and 6) to play supervised netball at as low a cost as possible. Our beautiful kit is loaned free on a small deposit. Girls of all abilities are welcome to take part, especially those who have not played netball before, as the aim of the Little League is to provide girls with safe, highly organised and supervised netball at little cost. The League is organised and run by an experienced teacher who holds a Level 2 Coaching qualification from England Netball and is a former County netball player. All our adult personnel have been subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Check (DBS). Our Safeguarding Officer is Mrs Rhiannon Plews.
Our Little League has a number of teams named after British birds. The Little League is set up each year in the Spring Term, and plays in the Summer Term. The cost is £20.00 per year. Kit is loaned on a modest deposit. Our events are normally held on Saturday mornings. We use the Spring Term for welcoming new players and integrating them into teams. In the Summer Term we play league matches most Saturdays.
So far as possible the teams are managed, coached and umpired by senior players from Birmingham City Netball Club. Little League players are encouraged to join the Club: either as Juniors while they are still in Years 3 - 6, or as seniors when they leave the Little League as they enter Year 7.
Our pictures here show our five 2018 teams, with their team managers. There is also a staff photo of the organisers, team managers and helpers. (click to enlarge)
This year (2019) our five teams are joined by two more teams: Kingfishers and Swallows.
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All League matches have now been played, and the final positions on the League Table are:
Congratulations to theSwifts who have won the league convincingly this year! For those who did not do quite so well, remember that Little League is not primarily about winning, but about learning the game and developing skills. Everyone has progressed well this year. Some who in March had never played Netball before have now joined our linked Netball Club and will be playing Intermediate League with us.
We finished the day on 8th July with a series of fun matches with teams of parents, Team Managers and Year Groups. The scores don't really matter, because everyone had a lot of fun in the sweltering heat. The standard of play from the parents was much better than in previous years, and they gave the Team Managers a good run for their money.
On 21st July we held our Presentation Evening and Disco, where everyone got a certificate for playing in the League, and the winners and runners up got medals. Our Year 6 Leavers got a special certificate to put in their Record of Achievement. For each team we gave out awards for the Players' Player of the Year and the Team Managers' Award for Most Improved Player. Our Team Managers and helpers were thanked with gifts of wine or chocolate, depending on their age. After last year's Disco fiasco (the DJ did not turn up), the Disco this year was by Mirror Image Disco who were very good. Sadly many players had already gone on holiday by the time of the Presentation Evening, so next year we plan to hold the Presentation Evening earlier (13th July 2019).
You can download the final scores and League Table below.
Apply to join the Little League: application form
Fair Play Charter: Fair Play Charter
League Match Rules: Match Rules
How to care for kit and notes about dress code for matches: Kit Care
Information for Team Managers (parents may also find this useful to refer to): Information for Managers
We welcome sponsorship from local businesses or from larger companies with a presence in the area. As a guideline, £50 will sponsor a team for the year.
You can contact us at any time for more information or to express an interest in being part of the Little League.
Download an application form.
Birmingham Netball Website: Link
Birmingham City Netball Club is our linked Club. Little League members can join the club from Year 3 and train and play with the Club throughout Junior and Secondary School: Link