Team BTC Netball Coach Celebrates National Award | Bridgwater & Taunton College

BTC is thrilled to announce that Team BTC Netball Coach, Alisha Gardner, has been honoured as England Netball’s Young Volunteer of the Year. This prestigious accolade highlights Alisha’s unwavering commitment to the sport, her significant impact within the netball community, and her inspirational role in promoting the sport’s positive values.


Alisha’s journey in netball volunteering began at the age of 14. Her passion and dedication saw her rapidly ascend to a Level 2 Coach, actively contributing to various netball clubs and even organising charity events. Her most notable achievement includes her role as Head Coach at Queens Netball Club in Bridgwater, where she has been instrumental in mentoring new coaches, supporting player development, and promoting inclusivity.


Alisha said, “I am incredibly honoured to have been recognised at a national level, it’s something I never anticipated. It’s been an amazing journey, from my early days coaching at BTC to working with England Colleges and volunteering abroad. Every part of it has been enriching and unforgettable.”


Alisha’s influence extends beyond coaching, as she’s been pivotal in welcoming and encouraging players of all levels to get involved. Her initiatives have not only enhanced participation and engagement within the club but also raised significant funds for charitable causes.


Her commitment is further evidenced by her voluntary contributions to the AoC England Colleges, where she coached young netballers nationwide. Alisha’s efforts were internationally recognised when she volunteered for netball development in Fiji, demonstrating her dedication to spreading her love for the sport globally.


This award displays Alisha’s exceptional contributions to netball over the years, reflecting her innovative approach, leadership, and the positive impact she’s had on the community. Bridgwater & Taunton College takes immense pride in Alisha’s achievements and her role in bolstering the sport’s presence both within the college and the broader community.


Mason Galloway, Sports Development Manager said, “For her outstanding volunteer work, innovative approach to coaching, and dedication to the sport, Alisha truly embodies the spirit of community and excellence that BTC stands for. BTC looks forward to supporting her in future endeavours as she continues to make an impact in the world of netball.”


To find out more about Team BTC, visit the Sport at College and Student Life pages.  If you love playing sport and are in year 10 or 11, you might like to join one of our free Sport Development Days

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