The number of women taking part in sport is in decline but netball is bucking this trend, thanks to Back to Netball. Over 9,000 women attended Back to Netball sessions last year with one third of those coming from deprived areas.
Back to Netball sessions are delivered at times that suit women: after the school drop off, at lunchtimes, prior to the school pick up and in the evenings. Sessions are delivered by Netball Development Community Coaches who are also responsible for planning new sessions, marketing Back to Netball in the local area and offering ladies opportunities to stay involved in the sport.
Back to Netball sessions have provided a big boost to the lives of participants. Many women have lost weight, made new friends and have increased the amount of exercise they undertake on a weekly basis. Thirty women from the project have even gone on to take coaching qualifications and run their own sessions, thereby boosting the success of the project.
Sarah, a participant from Newcastle, reveals: “I LOVE Netball! It has turned my life around. For the last two years I've suffered from severe depression and when I started playing netball again, after a 13 year break, I started to get my life back. My depression had stopped me from socialising as I lost all my confidence and put on 4 stone.
Now, after six months playing netball I have dropped two dress sizes, I’ve made a lot of new friends, and my depression has started, slowly but surely, to subside.
Thanks to everyone who's supported me in my quest to get my life back!”
Back to Netball won Best Sports Project in the 2012 National Lottery Awards.
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