202mc Netball. An all-female sport?

Over the past century the world has developed by leaps and bounds when it comes to the equality of the sexes.  Women have campaigned for many years for the right to be treated as equals in all areas of social living and in the year of 2012 it is ever more apparent that it is no longer just a man’s world. However in the world of sport are things the same? Male sports have always been at the forefront of entertainment and get most of the media’s attention. Football, Rugby, basketball, hockey, boxing and the list go on. Even though these sports are primarily dominated by men why is Netball still a woman’s only sport? Let’s look at the history of netball and see whether we can discover the roots of its origins and why even though we live in a more or less equal society why women dominate this sport.

The creation of Netball becomes quite apparent when looking at its origins. During the early 1890s an alternative to basketball was created for women so that they could enjoy the sport as well. Women’s basketball took of across the western world and as its popularity grew. Because there were no official rules to the sport it was modified over a certain about of years and it was then finally named netball. At the birth of netball it was considered a perfectly acceptable sport for women to play and during the early 1920s and it spread far and wide among the British colonies such as Australia. The sport became very popular over time among women but was somewhat spoilt when it came to people perception of the rules in different countries. After many years of confusion amongst different netball associations  in 1957 different groups of Netball organisations decided to team up to create a governing body which would regulate professional Netball as well as enforce the official rules of the sport. In 1960 representations from different countries met to finalise the governing body and the International Federation of Netball associations was born. For an In depth look at the rules of netball please watch the following video.

Looking back at the brief history of Netball we can see it was created as an alternative for basketball. This was at the turn of the 1900s when women playing a contact sport would not have been deemed acceptable by social conventions. But this still doesn’t answer the question why in the modern world is it still really accepted as a female sport. After looking at various degrees of research it becomes apparent that Netball is slowly growing as a male sport as well. In Australia netball is a popular sport and Men’s teams are becoming growing. In recent years teams based in England, Fiji, Kenya, Jamaica and Dubai have started to be regonised. In England however the population of netball players in school that are men is less than 1% which just goes to show it is still a sport that is dominated by women, this is an interesting point because it goes to show that even schools won’t really teach men how to play from a young age and it is common knowledge that most athletes train from a young age. Another element to this is mixed gender netball teams also operate around the world. However they are still not recognized at an elite level and are all self-funded teams.

In Australia Netball became more popular for men in the 1980s. The reason for this being that men used to take their partners to play the sport and an over whelming interest in the male community grew. Over the years the popularity grew even more and the male following of netball created its own association known as the “Australian International Men’s and Mixed Netball Association”. The group has been running now since 2001 and in 2002 had its first championships for all male and mixed team. The group has had some success pushing men further into the sport as it has seen teams from all over the world come and take part but it still hasn’t had the success of bigger all women associates in that sport. Here is a link to the “Australian International Men’s and Mixed Netball Association” to find out more about their aims.


After looking at this evidence it would suggest that Netball has been taken on by some male participants but is still not taken as serious when woman play it.  Another interesting fact to bring to the table is the role of Netball in “The Gay Games”. “The Gay Games” were set up in the early 1980s to promote personal growth amongst people with different sexual orientations. One of the sports played at the Gay games is Netball and the categories are Men’s, transgender and mixed. One stand out point was that all male teams were not allowed to participate against female teams. This being for the reason in all sports you don’t put a male team against a female team however it’s quite interesting that transgender teams have a league of their own which can only really be put down reasons of anatomy.


When researching this topic I found it hard to gather much information on why Netball is an all-female sport. From browsing the web for many hours all I kind find was the history of Netball which brought me to these conclusions. From the research I have done I have found that the modern world still classes netball predominantly as a female sport, however across the eastern world men do play the sport and one country that is really trying to push it is Australia  but it is still on a small scale and yet to have had much media attention. It’s interesting that the International federation of netball association doesn’t recognise Netball as a male sport. I think the reason for this is because when it was invented Netball was still an all-female sport. As mentioned earlier on the Gay Games also feature Netball for men which and has different ways of classing players but again it is a small feature to the games and has little coverage. The one feature of this topic that stands out is Netball was invented out of circumstance in the late 1800s as a way of Women playing Basketball with no contact. Which bring me to this point. Back in that time period it may have not been deemed acceptable for woman to play rough sports so it’s understandable that it was created, but in this day and age basketball is played by both sexes and is very popular amongst women. The best way to look at the theory of why it’s not so popular with men is looking at the social stereotypes of sports. Seeing as Netball was created for women, does that mean by social conventions if you play Netball you are a girl? This is not something I believe as I feel everybody is equal and the only way we can move forward as a society is to accept people for who they are, but it seems to me that the only way Netball will be accepted as an all gender sport is if the world changes it’s pre conceptions.








201mc Final presentation

Here is my video presentation. Enjoy.

First of all I’m going to talk about my presentation. I spent over 15 hours trying to make this look good and I’m unsure of the final outcome. I wanted to try and inject a bit of humour into something that could end up looking boring and I’m not sure I achieved this. Also the presentation is too long. Originally the presentation was 17 minutes long. It included all 20 days and mores worth of professional experience I had achieved. After 2 hours of editing I was able to lose 5 minutes but I don’t know if the prezi has the same affect it once had. I think the main issue with it is content. I may have gone into far too much detail about each project but this was only because I was quite passionate about each project. I’ve learned from this process that I need to edit myself more and talk about purely what’s important rather than stuff everything into one presentation. If you wish to see the full 17 minute presentation here is the link  http://prezi.com/rbsymock-4yv/pro-exp/


When looking back at the last year my cv was quite empty when it came to media content. This module has given me a wide range of different experiences but mostly training videos. Training videos are an area which has defiantly given me the bulk of my 20 days blogs but I’ve enjoyed them the most. I like the thought of injecting life into a subject that can be quite boring. Another are that this module has given me a great insight into is directing. Two of the projects I went into were projects I lead and I feel they have broadened my horizons in the directing area. I feel this because of the quality of the videos I have produced. I’ve learned from directing that you need to have a certain level of patients and be able to communicate well with your crew. I can’t really draw any negatives from my experiences as they have all been fun and straight forward, the only thing I can say is that along the way some people performances in the projects I have been involved in have not been to the my level of satisfaction but this has given me a great insight into who I should work with on future university projects. I have really enjoyed the module and the main thing it has taught me over the past 8 months is that I really want a career in the media industry.

201mc Professional Experience day 20 (13/04/2012)

Rolls Royce camera training videos.
(Pre-production/Production/Post production)

After doing a good job on the previous Rolls Royce project Spencer James offered me another opportunity. The job involved producing a 7-10 minute video showing the people of Rolls Royce how to use a video camera so that they could make their own training videos. The job had to be a quick one as the dead line was the end of April. Spencer picked another 5 students to help with the project and we got straight to work. We met up to have a pre-production day as the filming was to commence on Friday the 13th of April 2012. On this pre-production day it was decided I was Director. I co-wrote the script with one of the group members and devised a shooting schedule. The idea for the training video was to film it like a shopping channel trying to sell a video camera giving handy tips along the way. After a few reviews of the script and several new drafts myself and the producer of the project assigned roles to everybody and asked if people could bring pieces of furniture in to dress the set.

On Friday the 13th of April 2012 all 6 of the group met in the Ellen Terry photography at 9:00am. Our first objective was to dress the set and get the lighting right. We all did this as a team and had the set ready in under an hour. Two of the other group members had arranged actors for the shoot and they arrived at 10:30am so we could get straight to work. We commenced filming and it was going quite smoothly other than the actors had not had enough time to learn the scripts as they had been sourced at short notice. This became a bit of a problem as we only had a certain amount of hours to go through but in the end our first actor pulled it together and got the job done. As the film was in two sections we finished filming the first one at 1:30 am. We got our next actor in straight away. In all honesty I wasn’t happy at this point because the second actor was terrible, he didn’t speak clear, he looked like he didn’t want to be there and I directed him as best as I could but it was obvious he wasn’t a very good actor. This part of the process shouldn’t have taken long but it took 2 hours to finish what should have taken 45 minutes. This was because the actor didn’t know his lines, or could even be bothered to learn them. We final finished and packed away. The following Monday I met with out editor and directed the edit. This process was a lot smoother and I was happy with the final outcome apart from the second actors performance. Here is the video. (Password: RR2012)

Overall looking back at the project I have mixed feelings . I felt we all really worked well together as a group. We all pitched in in places and maybe some did more than others but only because some people were more head strong. I think the main issue that held the project back was time. If we had more time our actors would have been able to learn their lines and we would have been able to solve the problem of the second less enthusiastic actor. I think I directed the project well and you can see this by watching the film. Another aspect I am pleased with is the turnaround time. Even though I sited this as an issue it just go to show if you work hard and well with other people you can produce great content in a short amount of time.

201mc Professional Experience Day 19 (04/04/2012)

Rolls Royce training video
(Production Day)

After hearing about a possible job opportunity with Rolls Royce during a lecture I decided to approach Spencer James the man who ran the Coventry university production company. After a few days pestering him about the opportunity he said I could be part of the project. The outline for the project was quite basic. We had to go to a location in the midlands and film a jet engine being transported from a storage container to a transport container. After having a few meetings with Spencer and being briefed on the project in full I awaited the shooting day.

The shoot commenced on the 4th of April 2011 and was located in my home town of Nuneaton. Another student had been brought in on the project and I met him at 9:00am outside the warehouse we were filming. Spencer arrived shortly after and introduced us to Rolls Royce training staff. We went into the warehouse were me and the other student quickly set up the equipment and listened to our instructions. The filming process was quite straight forward and we were being Directed by Spencer and the Rolls Royce staff. We more or less just had to follow the movement of the engine and make sure the camera was always following the action. Originally we had the idea for a two camera set up but in the end went for just one. Myself and the other student took it in turns to film and do the tape logging. The shoot went really well and in the end took 8 hours to film. Here are some photographs of the jet engine and us.

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The job was really fun and interesting and we didn’t encounter any problems. I think this is because the job was quite straight forward and we took direction very well. I felt again I bought a level of professionalism that aided the production well as did the other student. This project made me realise that maybe I have a future in training videos as they are films I enjoy making. I’ve learned from this project that in order to make well executed videos it’s all about listening and good communication. These skills really help get the job done.

201 professional experience day 18 (29/03/2012)


the equipment in the TV studio at Coventry University. I was more than happy to be part of the project and the first step was to create a visually interesting idea that would sustain the audience (As training videos can be a little boring). After a few short meeting I proposed the idea that we shoot the videos in a cheesy 1970s TV based project. The entire group agreed and we decided to film on the 29th of March 2012. A fellow Student of mine (Dean Atkinson) wrote all the scripts, I sorted the actor out and a few more of our crew sorted hair and makeup. I took it upon myself to be the Director of the piece as it was my idea, I knew the actor well and I had been involved with the project quite heavily already. This was my crew.

Me- Director
Dean Atkinson- Producer, Writter
James Root- Camera operator
Scott Cowley – Sound
Gisele Ngwana – Camera Assistant
Sophie Ely- Production stills

On the 29th of March we all met up in the Ellen Terry building of Coventry University and went to the TV studio to set up. This process took around an hour and we then had to wait a further hour for the actor to turn up. Whilst I was waiting I familiarised myself with the script and made sure everyone knew what they were doing. When the actor (Rob Taylor) turned up I briefed him on the part and what he needed to do. It was quite straight forward but I wanted to make sure he knew the part well as we wanted the videos to be humorous as well as informative. We commenced the filming process at 12:00pm and it went reasonably well. It was quite a straight forward process. My crew were good and I felt I directed them well. I did have a few issues with one member, Sophie Ely. She didn’t really do anything. She just sat there, she took a few photos and help put up a light but other than that she just sat there. A productive day shoot then and here are the valuable lessons I’ve learned. Planning is vital, because we planned the shoot quite well there was nothing that could go wrong . Directing is hard. You have to be pre pared to tell your crew and cast what you need out of them and do it in a way that doesn’t seem to demanding. On this note the issue with the crew member not doing much could have been solved by just telling her to either leave the set or try and find a job to do. On this day we only got two of the four videos shot so we arranged to meet the following Thursday to shoot the last two. Here are some photos and one of the finished edited training videos.

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On Thursday the 5th of April the second day of shooting for the TV studio project was to commence. Things were going to be different this time as some of the crew from the previous week were not going to be available. I took it upon myself to find some replacements. The crew I would be filming with this week were.

James Root-Camera man
Dean Atkinson- Producer, Writer
Jack Harris- Sound

As you can see there were not as many people as the week before but in some ways this made a huge difference. We set up at 9:00am in the same location and our actor arrived at 10:00am. Again it was a straight forward process of filming and directing and my crew listened to my every instruction. I think it went better than the previous week as there weren’t as many people around causing distraction which gave us more time to get the footage we needed. I’ve learned from this experience that when making small videos you only need a small crew because there’s not enough jobs to go around. I really enjoyed the directing side of things as it gave me a chance to assert my good people skills and produce visual interesting material which otherwise may have come across as quite pedestrian. We had completed four films then in a short amount of time. My self an Dean Atkinson did the edits and gave them to our lecturer. She was happy with 3 of them but one of them needed more work as it was not factually correct. I’ve learned from this that when producing videos you need to make sure you do more research as it can make you look bad if it hasn’t been fact checked. Other than that she was happy with what we had produced. Here are the other two films that made the final cut. Enjoy!

201 professional experience day 17 (02/03/2012)


The 2nd of March was going to be one of my busiest production days so far. I woke up at 7:00am to get all the equipment ready for the last day of shooting (Cats in Reykjavik). I checked all the equipment over; made sure we had enough re-charged batteries and packed the van full of equipment. Our first shooting location was back at the house we had been at previous. We arrived there at 9:00am and I did what I do best and got all the equipment out and set up. The shoot would last around 4 hours and for the post part I was dealing with equipment, and being a general runner making sure everybody had what they needed. After 4 to 5 hours of shooting we had to go to our next location which was a beach on the outskirts of the city. It took 45 minutes to get there and I was asked quite an important question. The first AD (Steve Dawkins) had to go back to the Hotel for a while and asked me if I would like to first AD the affair. I agreed whole heartily. My role now was to make sure the shoot was running on schedule and keep the director informed of his timings and what he need to shoot next. We were on a tight schedule a gale force winds were not helping our efforts but we all stuck it out and managed to finished the shoot just as the original first AD showed back up. When he arrived I went back to my original role and sorted all the equipment back out and got it in the van. Our next location was back at the house we had been shooting at to get the last scenes in as well as pick-ups. I was back on my main duties setting up equipment and helping out where I could and was happy to do so. All in all the days shooting lasted around 10 hours and went quite well, there were no real issues other than the track losing its wheel but we all coped in the end.

Well a real testing day to my production days in Iceland. This was probably the best production I had been on so far in my media career as it not only gave me a chance to fill out my role as equipment co-ordinator but also gave me a taste of what its like to do other roles such as First Assistant directing on a professional level. The shoot went really well and I can’t think of anything that went wrong really. (Other than the track wheel falling off) When things were challenging we all stuck together as a group and this has taught me a new level of working in groups, the key feature’s being learning to listen, taking orders and even giving them. Another thing that I have learned from this shoot is that when producing my own films I need to embrace this level of professionalism and assert it because the outcome will be far more beneficial than you think. When I look back at the other film shoot I was on earlier in the week (Snowblind) It made me realise that some people were out of there depth when it came to their roles, but saying this I still think everybody did a great job, just maybe they could learn a thing or two when it came to professionalism.