Sue Ivemy realised there were no opportunities to play netball in Eastbourne and its surrounding area, she was also aware that netball was declining in the schools and young girls particularly were dropping out of sport. With this in mind the league was created.
Eastbourne Netball League started in 2004 with just 8 teams of ladies who just wanted to play netball; little did they know how big the league would end up becoming. Sue introduced an innovative idea of the league supplying umpires, no other leagues offered this. This made the entry of new teams into the league easy, there was no worry of supplying their own umpire which removed this barrier. Very quickly the league expanded and it was necessary to use all 4 courts at Hampden Park for 3 hours a week.
Eastbourne Netball Leagues holds matches every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Hampden Park outdoor courts. The league consists of 4 divisions with an average of 40 teams and 7 youth teams. Annual tournaments such as the Macmillan Charity Tournament and The Mary Finney Cup tournament are also hosted. 2011 saw the arrival of the Eastbourne Mixed Netball League.
Who we are
Sue Ivemy – Mum of 2 and a PE teacher. Sue has always been heavily involved in the field of netball, playing since junior school and competing in the Brighton Mid-Week League and the East Sussex Saturday League. Sue is a qualified umpire and Level 2 coach.“I’m passionate about sport and the opportunities it can bring young people. I’m really proud of the teams who work so hard to play and improve their netball and fitness. The community spirit and sense of belonging the league brings makes it all worthwhile."
Samantha Kennerson – Passionate about netball and the teamwork and competition that netball encourages. A mum of 1 and a Business Development Manager, Samantha also runs Eastbourne Netball Club and plays within their first team in the 1st division of the Eastbourne Netball League.“I love to see people develop their skills and become a key part of the team. Playing in Eastbourne Netball League and belonging to a club is a great focus point, a fun way to keep fit and meet new people in your local area”.