Netball is a great fun and friendly sport, you don’t have to be super fit or super coordinated or wear a Netball skirt. England Netball have two initiatives welcoming people into the sport, perfect for beginners/ returners looking to get involved. Here we profile Walking Netball which Sue Anderson (England Netball Development Community Coach) has worked hard to make a huge success in the Bristol and beyond area with hundreds of ladies involved in Netball each week, many of whom had never picked up a ball since not particularly enjoying the game at school, but absolutely loving it and the camaraderie that the sessions bring. Why not give it a go?
What sport/ activity does your club do?
Tell us more about your sport/ activity?
We run “Back to Netball” sessions for ladies of all abilities/ages/from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter if you have never played or if you haven’t played since school, our sessions are designed to bring the fun and laughter back into playing a game of netball. No skirts required.
What is/ are the best thing(s) about your sport/ activity?
The laughter and social side of netball, the ladies come to learn but make friends, have fun and get fit without even realising it.
Are there any misconceptions about your activity that you would like to change?
You do not need to be fit to start playing, this comes with time and definitely no netball skirts.
How did your club start?
Back to Netball has been running for 6 years now
Where are you based?
Our sessions are all over Bristol (evenings and daytime sessions), so hopefully there is one for you
Who is part of your club?
Any Ladies over the age of 16
What do you aim to achieve?
Confidence, Self Esteem, a sense of belonging/achieving
What is the best thing about your club?
All the ladies that take part
What do people need to do if they would like to try your sport/ activity? Do they need to be a certain standard?
NO, just come along and have a go
Do you have a Website/ Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram that you would like to tell us about?
Facebook Page: Sue Anderson Back.netball Bristol, all our sessions, details of matches go on this page.
More info can also be found here
Do you have a participant or parent who would like to say a quote about what they feel about your sessions?
I had a lady turn up to pay for the session and she said “this is the best £1 I will spend this week”.
Made my day hearing that. 🙂
New sessions coming this September:
Over 20 Netball sessions run weekly in the Avon area, to find a session visit; www.englandnetball.co.uk/netball-sessions
Back to Netball
Coach led sessions aimed at getting women (16yrs+) back on court. No experience necessary. Perfect for beginners / returners
- Hengrove Leisure Centre, Thursdays 7-8pm, £3.20 a session, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special offers: FREE during August, Half Price during September (just £1.65 a session!)
A slower and low impact version of netball. Sessions led by fully trained friendly Walking Netball hosts. Aimed at getting women active in a fun, social way. All ages / fitness levels welcome!
The Park, Knowle, Wednesdays 1-2pm, £3.50 a session, email@example.com
FREE Taster session: 12th September, further sessions set to run 19th September – 17th October.