Now the sun’s out, there’s no better time to start playing netball (the world’s best sport). I started playing netball again as an adult through Back to Netball sessions, for which I will be forever in England Netball’s debt. Back to Netball sessions take place once a week for about an hour with a qualified coach; half the session is usually made up of drills and coaching and the other half is matchplay. There are sessions all over the country and you can find your nearest one here.
Still on the fence? Here are 10 excellent reasons why you should join the Back to Netball movement!
1) Anyone can join
Back to Netball sessions are open to everyone. Whether you’ve never played netball in your life or you’re an experienced netballer who’s just moved to a new area, everyone is welcome.
2) You don’t have to commit
You don’t have to book in advance, so you can just turn up whenever it suits you. It’s perfect if you can’t commit to a regular league because of work or other commitments.
3) It’s always varied
Learning a new netball drill is the best mental workout I know (it always takes me about 3 weeks to pick them up). In the matchplay you’re also encouraged to try out as many positions as possible, so it always stays interesting.
4) …and it’s always fun
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This is not the hyper-competitive netball you hated at school. Nobody keeps score, it’s always a laugh and everyone cheers each other on.
5) It’s a great way to get fit
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: netball is pretty much the best workout there is.
6) It’s great value for money
At £3 a session, you can’t afford not to.
7) The coaches are wonderful
— B2NSWLondon (@B2NSWLondon) October 21, 2015
Back to Netball coaches are all-round excellent people. It’s great motivation to keep coming back when you know the coach wants you to do well.
8) It’s a great way to meet people
One of the best things about Back to Netball is that it’s a great way to make friends who live locally to you. After a while you’ll look forward to catching up with everyone as much as you will playing.
9) You might meet your future teammates
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Lots of Back to Netball sessions feed in to local leagues, so if a group of you want to carry on playing it’s really easy to sign up as a team. You can also use it as a way to build up your skills ready for club trials.
10) …or you can keep going
— B2N South London (@B2NSOUTHLONDON) April 7, 2016
There’s no reason to stop going to Back to Netball sessions. Even if you have no plans to join a league or a club afterwards, you can just keep going weekly like you would to a gym class.