Walking netball gets women back into sport

Welcome Back Netball players Erica Brock and Angela Brock. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d492043
Welcome Back Netball players Erica Brock and Angela Brock. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d492043

WOMEN are finding a path back to playing netball in a walking version of the sport.

Walking Netball, an initiative that started in the UK a couple of years ago, is now available in Perth, run by Welcome Back Netball.

It aims to help women who gave up netball due to injury, family commitments or feeling too old, get back into the sport by playing a modified version without running or jumping.

Sisters Angela and Erica Brock recently started holding walking netball sessions in Craigie and Jolimont and said the response had been positive.

“At first we thought it was a bit of a funny idea but after a short time we thought ‘that’s actually quite good’,” Erica said.

The pair said it was a friendly and social activity, ideal for anyone looking to connect with people in their community.

Welcome Back Netball players Angela Brock, Cheryl Morgan and Wendy Morgan. Picture: Martin Kennealey

Reducing the risk of injury is a big factor for many players who are unable to play the faster version but can enjoy the game but at a slower and safer pace.

“I gave up playing netball years ago after knee surgery and was never able to get back in to it, apart from coaching,” Angela said.

“Now I can play again – it’s really great and you still work up a sweat so it’s a good way for people to get fit.”

They are looking for more players and beginners are welcome.

Welcome Back Netball run sessions at the Craigie Leisure Centre on Fridays from 10.45am and at the State Netball Centre in Jolimont on Tuesdays from 5.45pm.

Call Erica Brock on 0401 403 385 or email welcomebacknetball@iinet.net.au to book a place.