General Article Netball is the growing sport trend for women of all ages – including those over 50

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Whether you played centre, goal attack or wing defence, most of us girls will remember playing netball during our school years.

By Vicki-Marie Cossar

However, while many of us haven’t played since then, the sport has had some really positive growth recently.

Before the pandemic, netball was increasing in popularity and participation levels were at an all-time high.

England Netball, the national governing body responsible for the strategic plan for netball across the country, report that around 685,000 women and girls were taking to courts across the country in a typical week during the season.

England’s netball squad, the Vitality Roses, are ranked third in the world and since they won gold at the Commonwealth Games in April 2018, participation levels in netball have risen.

In fact, more than 160,000 Brits took up the game after the Vitality Netball World Cup in July 2020, according to YouGov data, and there was a significant increase in those aged 55 to 74-years-old taking part.


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