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Anne Miles receives Herts Sports Partnership Lifetime Award

At Hertfordshire Sports Partnership Annual Awards on 27th November, Anne received her Lifetime Achievement Award. Huge congratulations to Anne, very well deserved.

Anne Miles is an unassuming lady who has spent much of her life dedicated to improving the lives of people of all ages through sport and physical activity.  Although she chose Netball as her main sport, she was also a talented hockey and lacrosse player.

Her Netball career started in 1963 at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School for Girls in Barnet where she quickly became the Netball Captain, a role which was repeated throughout her playing career.  From there she trained at Anstey College as a PE teacher.  Whilst there, she played Netball for the College team and also lacrosse for the Midlands team.  Having trained, she went to Hatfield Girls Grammar School in 1963 as a PE teacher, and quickly rose to become Herts County PE Advisor.

During this time she joined Barnet Netball Club as a defence player, and ultimately Captain.  Her talents were recognised and she soon found herself in the Herts County Squad, and again Captain.  From there it was a short trip to the England national squads.

In 1964 Anne was England Netball 1st reserve, followed the next year with the full squad.  In 1965 she represented England at the 2nd World Tournament in Perth, Australia where England gained fourth place, and again as Captain at the 3rd World Tournament, Jamaica, 1969 where England won Bronze.  In 1971, the 4th World Tournament, as Captain, in New Zealand, England gained Silver behind Australia.  Anne retired from international netball following this success.

Anne maintained a full international schedule with competition in Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and South Africa, as well as the UK home countries, accumulating over 60 caps, a record that stood for many years.   She was a founder member in 1967 of the ROOS Netball Club whose members are ex-internationals who have represented England abroad.  The ROOS celebrated their 50th Anniversary last year and has provided training competition to England, regional and county squads, as well as coaching and mentoring of players.

During all this time, she never forgot her local roots and was involved in her Barnet Club and in 1988 Herts County as Chairman and then as President.  She had a real gift of creating initiatives which she persuaded others to implement to their credit.  One example in Herts was the Mums Netball scheme, A Social Purpose for Netball, which was ahead of its time in 1974.  With a small group of equally enthusiastic netballers, she launched a highly successful series of daytime netball sessions in sports halls with a creche aimed at women who had just had children or just wanted to re-discover their youth.  From this, several netball clubs emerged, two of which survive today.  Today it is called Back to Netball.

Another example in Herts, was her direct involvement in the creation of the England Netball High Five Netball programme for primary schools which allows boys and girls to play and compete.  Under her guidance this was rolled out across Herts, in a partnership with the Scholl Sports Development Officers.  This continues today including many clubs with High Five teams.

An East Region example was her involvement in the East Region Centre of Excellence, CENTEX, where the talented young players were part of a training programme, with many reaching the England Squads.  This was duplicated by England Netball as the National Development Centres.

Ill health made it difficult for Anne to maintain her active involvement, but her legacy lives on and she was awarded Herts Life Membership in 1996 and East Region Sports Council Service to Sport in 1977.

To relax, she plays the bassoon to a high standard and is a member of both the Stevenage and Hertfordshire Symphony orchestras, as well involvement in the U3A and Soroptimist Hertford and District .

Anne pictured above on the left.

Third from the left going right, Anne Miles, Carole Titmuss and June Griffith with their Lifetime Achievement Awards for all the hard work and support they have provided to Netball in Hertfordshire.

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