Jean Jones founded SETNA in the mid 1960’s and, to date, she remains heavily involved in netball. Jean was assisted by Marlene Morton-Holmes, Margaret King and Barbara Verlander in the early days and they have all supported SENTA for many years. Only recently did Margaret retire from umpiring and Barbara still continues to umpire as well as holding the position of Treasurer on the SETNA committee. Sadly Marlene passed away in August 2010 and her many years of service to netball will never be forgotten. Marlene was an amazing person, a friend to all and a lady with a vibrant personality whom we miss very much. Initially the league consisted of just 6 teams in 1 division; today we have 80 senior teams competing in 10 divisions.
SETNA was accorded county status in 1971 by the sport’s governing body (England Netball) after much lobbying by Jean Jones and her fellow committee members. They argued that, as Essex was such a large county, it was not reasonable to expect players from Thurrock to travel regularly to training camps in Chelmsford and other towns even further north within Essex. From those early years Thurrock Players were already proving a force to be reckoned with and so the ‘county’ South Essex Thurrock Netball Association (SETNA) was born.
Netball continues to evolve and the sport has witnessed many changes since those early days. In particular the numbers playing the sport have grown exponentially. In response to the popularity of the game SETNA formed a partnership with Hassenbrook School (now Hassenbrook Academy), Stanford Le Hope in the late 1990’s. The aim of this partnership was to submit a lottery bid to build a dedicated £250,000 netball facility on the schools site and so have a central location for all its matches. The lottery bid was supported by all the clubs and players in the league and between senior and junior memberships £75,000 was raised to secure the lottery funding.
SETNA runs the senior league and a separate association was formed by Chris Mason, Coral Barrass and Lou Chandler (Thurrock Sports Council Junior Netball League - TSCJNL) to administer the junior league. All matches are played at the Hassenbrook Academy facility with fixtures being arranged around the school’s terms. SETNA currently has three accredited CAPS clubs.
In both the junior and senior leagues we offer a winter season (which runs from September to January) and a summer season (running from March through to July). Senior league matches are played on midweek evenings Monday to Thursday with the junior league matches scheduled on Sunday mornings. SETNA also offers its members, Tournaments, coaching and officiating courses, mentoring, skills courses, Back 2 Netball, Netball now and social events.