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Walking Netball: More Than A Game

27th November 2018

Community-based sport and physical activity projects across Scotland are to benefit from a £1million cash windfall as part of a new programme aimed at changing lives and creating a more inclusive and healthier Scotland.  A collaboration between the Scottish Government, sportscotland, the Robertson Trust and Spirit of 2012, the Changing Lives Through Sport and Physical Activity fund will benefit 17 projects across the country, all of which will use the power of sport to effect positive change in local communities.

Netball Scotland, in partnership with Age Scotland and Breathing Space, are delighted to reveal that we are one of the projects to receive funding, and now announce the launch of our “Walking Netball: More Than A Game” project.   The fund is managed by Spirit of 2012, whom Netball Scotland have worked with to increase the National reach of our Sirens For Success programme (delivered in Secondary Schools to engage the disengaged and get the inactive active through the power of netball), and so we are incredibly excited to continue this work with Spirit, to allocate this additional resource into Walking Netball and encourage more individuals to get involved with the sport.

Geraldine McGuire, Head of Development at Netball Scotland said,

“The project will bring people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities together to enjoy a fun, interactive physical activity session followed by a social get together.   This platform gives participants a sense of belonging, an opportunity to build new friendships and relationships as well as improving both their physical & mental health and wellbeing.   Walking Netball inspires and energises members to lead happier, healthier longer lives.   We are delighted to continue working with our partners at Age Scotland and Breathing Space and most grateful for the investment we have received from the Changing Lives Through Sport & Physical Activity funders to extend the reach of this powerful programme which is indeed More Than A Game

Debbie Lye, Chief Executive at Spirit of 2012 said,

“I’ve taken part in Walking Netball and experienced the fun and friendship it generates that make these activities so vital for the women taking part. Spirit of 2012 is delighted to be working with Netball Scotland again, following our successful Sporting Equality Fund partnership, which helped women and girls across Scotland to participate in sport and physical activity. They and we know how important it is to involve those least active across Scotland, helping boost both physical and mental wellbeing. We’re immensely proud to be managing the CLTSPA Fund which marks the start of a very positive movement for change.”

Why Walking Netball?

We have tried, really hard, but we just can’t find any better way of describing the game than our wonderful Walking Netballers from our inaugural Aberdeen Sports Village session.  Hear for yourself why you should be encouraging others to take up the sport.

Join the Netball Scotland Team:  Walking Netball Activators

To support our Walking Netball – More Than A Game project, Netball Scotland will be recruiting 3 part-time Walking Netball Activators to facilitate sessions across our East, Grampian and West (South) regions from February 2019 through to June 2020.  To read more about the roles and the application process, please visit the Current Vacancies page of our website.

Read more about the CLTSPA fund and the projects involved here.

To find out more about Netball Scotland’s Walking Netball programme, visit the Get Involved section of the Netball Scotland website.

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