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England Netball today relaunched Bee Netball, the programme for 5-9 years olds, with parents now able to register their children to take part this autumn

Bee Netball is England Netball’s fun and nurturing programme for all children at the beginning of their team sport journey.

127 trailblazer clubs around the country are leading the way for junior netball, offering children the chance to register for a place on a local Bee Netball programme which will get underway from the week commencing 24 September.

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Bee Netball is designed to introduce children to the skills of netball; throwing, catching, footwork and shooting but more importantly, it supports every child’s personal development on and beyond the court. All Bee Netball activities are underpinned by our Beeliefs, our core values focused on improving children’s belief in their own ability. Like all team sports, netball is also a great way to make new friends.

England Netball CEO Fran Connolly said: “With the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in full swing, we are expecting unprecedented levels of interest in our sport that will ignite the biggest participation drive our sport has ever seen. Bee Netball is a huge part of that, giving young children an exceptional first experience of netball in the hope that they foster a lifelong love of the sport.

“Our athletes are inspiring children around the country every time they step on to the court, and the legacy of this home Games is that we want youngsters to attempt to emulate their heroes, and to eventually find their own place in netball.”

Bee Netballers will receive a personalised Bee Netball tee-shirt, a very warm welcome, activities designed for those starting netball for the first time and special messages from the stars of the game.

Helen Wynn, Head of Participation at England Netball said “Our ambition through Bee Netball is to give young people an amazing introduction to netball and we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of children on to court through the programme. The first time you experience any sport is a moment you won’t forget, and so we have created an experience that is perfect for those just getting started.

“Bee Netball is friendly, high-energy and designed especially for children. The very nature of netball means every single player on the team is needed to be able to score a goal – making it the ultimate team sport. And we know it goes way beyond that. That’s why we hope parents will be excited to sign their children up.”

For more information, and to sign up to a Bee Netball programme, visit our dedicated Bee Netball page.

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