AN inspirational woman has won a national award.

Rosie Harris, Wilmslow Lightning Netball Club’s head coach, gained regional recognition for her outstanding work and now has taken the plaudits nationally.

She was nominated for the England Netball Goalden Globes North West Grassroots Coach of the Year 2019 Award, which she won this summer.

That put her forward for the national prize and judges were blown away by her contribution to the sport.

“We were very proud when Rosie won the North West nomination for England Netball Goalden Globes Grassroots Coach of the Year 2019,” said a club spokesman.

“Rosie then went on to win the overall UK award which is an amazing achievement and testament to Rosie’s dedication and commitment to developing players and young coaches.

“The club won North West Club of the Year in 2018 and it is great to see the momentum continuing.”

Rosie is being acknowledged for her outstanding work in setting up the junior coach programme at Wilmslow Lightning.

The club now have 10 junior coaches.

“She is a constant inspiration for young coaches, encouraging and supporting them to join the programme through her dedication and hard work,” added the spokesman.

Rosie said she is ‘amazed’ to have received the top award.

“I’m very humbled because everybody does so much hard work for England Netball and grassroots coaching,” she said.

“I know lots and lots of people that put loads of work in so to actually be presented with this is a privilege, an absolute privilege.”

The club have been getting ready for a new campaign, with pre-season training taking place in the gym.

Ellie Cardwell has held exclusive training camps for Lighting players too.

Ellie, who plays goal shooter and goal attack for the Vitality England Roses and Manchester Thunder squads, delivered a shooting masterclass.

“It is a real privilege to be in a position to have the opportunity to have players like Ellie Cardwell of England and Manchester Thunder’s Super League team to come to our club and hold camps for us,” said the spokesman.

“Her knowledge, experience and skills is a true inspiration for our girls.

“She presented the awards at our 10 year anniversary presentation evening last year and it was fantastic to see her back at Wilmslow Lightning again.”