In 1999, England Netball proposed changes to it's competition structure. The most noticeable being to abolish county netball and replace it with regional club leagues...and in 2006 this eventually happened!
Four Norfolk clubs held a meeting to discuss how we could react to the proposals. We wanted to make sure all of our players (junior, youth and open) would still have the opportunity to develop and play at the highest standard available to them.
As individuals we knew we'd struggle to meet the new club requirements, so in June that year Norwich City Supporters, Norwich City Combi, Premier, Aylsham and Crossleys became 'Norfolk United'.
We set up a steering committee to investigate, build and deliver all the necessary procedures England Netball required. We've since elected an executive committee to oversee coaching, umpiring, development, selection and fund-raising and have four junior area branches - Attleborough, Aylsham, Norwich and Gt Yarmouth.
Our two main aims when we started were to make sure all our existing players could continue to play with their founder team and to be able to offer talented players with the desire to develop, a chance to play in national competitions via our academy squads. As individual clubs we'd have found this hard to achieve.
We're pleased to have moved on dramatially and now operate a player progression system and successful academy squads at all age groups. This makes sure players are given the opportunity to progress through our ranks and are rewarded for their achievements. At senior level, we also now compete in both Premier div 3 and East Region div 2.
On the financial side, we've had a hugely successful partnership with Clarks Delivery Specialists since we started and now have many other wonderful corporate partners.
Together we can make this a long-standing and successful club both in Norfolk and further a field. The most important thing to us is that our members continue to enjoy netball whenever and wherever they play.