Please contact the North Yorkshire Netball Development Officer, Beccy Lewis, for information on how to get involved with netball in the local area.(Beccy.Lewis@englandnetball.co.uk)
Walking Netball has evolved from a growing demand for walking sports. Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play it regardless of age or fitness level. From those who have dropped out of the sport they love due to serious injury, to those who believed they had hung up their netball trainers many years ago, it really is for everyone.
Women the length of the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer.
Walking Netball is ideal as someone can start gently and build up gradually, aiming to do a little more each session. Regular weight-bearing exercise helps keep bones strong by forcing the bones in the lower half of your body to bear a person’s full weight each time they move. Older people who take part in Walking Netball will see many benefits: lower heart rate and blood pressure, less fat and more muscle, and better mobility.
• The British Heart Foundation advocates for regular physical activity in order to reduce risks of heart disease.
• Alzheimers UK tell us that exercise is beneficial for physical and mental health and may improve the quality of life for people in all stages of dementia.
• Cancer Research UK advocates physical activity as a way of reducing risk of cancer and other illnesses and they tell us that physical activity is potentially beneficial during and after cancer treatment.
Most people find being more active easier than they expected – and more enjoyable. The more someone enjoys Walking Netball, the easier it is to keep it up, and that’s when they’ll really reap the benefits. You may be surprised by how much fun walking netballers can have, how much fitter and healthier they will feel and how much they can achieve.
And it’s not just health benefits – Walking Netball also offers social benefits. Participants can meet new people, avoid becoming isolated, and interact with individuals and small groups.
Our Level 2 Netball Coach Natalie and Level 1 Netball Coach Rochelle will be running sessions in Scarborough! The session costs £2.