It’s one of the most popular sports in the country.
But, like many sports netball – for some – comes with some log-term injuries including netball knees, and ankles.
However, a newly developed version of netball removes participation barriers for senior women and men, helping them experience the many on-going health and social benefits of staying active by enjoying games of netball.
From next week, November 13 until December 5 Great Lakes Netball Association (GLNA) will be hosting a free Walking Netball pilot program.
The games will be held between 4-5pm at Baronia Park, Forster.
A Netball NSW initiative, walking netball is a modified netball program that is played at a slower pace than the traditional netball game and is designed and run so that anyone can play, regardless of age or fitness level.
Aiming to remove barriers to netball participation, the program gives senior Australians and those who are unable to play the traditionally more physical game the opportunity to experience the health and social benefits of the sport in a fun and welcoming environment.
Walking netball encourages a more gradual introduction to physical activity to help participants regain necessary motor skills, balance and coordination.
On top of those benefits, the program’s activities help to improve strength, flexibility and circulation.
Beyond the physical and health benefits evident in walking netball, there are a range of opportunities to better improve mental health through social interaction and teamwork – it’s a great way to make new friends or spend time with old friends in a fun and active setting.
The free GLNA walking netball trial program includes netball skill sessions and game time.
Open to players of all ages and abilities, the sessions run around 60 minutes each.
To find out more or sign up for sessions visit www.playwalkingnetball.com.au or contact Kirsten Clarke on 0497 443 991