England Netball have hosted ParaNetball Championships in both 2019 and 2020.
There was a championship for deaf and hard of hearing players and one for people with intellectual impairments, learning disabilities or special educational needs. Players entered as individuals or as a team. The championships were open to players 12 years of age and up while males were also welcome to enter.
The ParaNetball Championships, which takes place at the Lee Westwood Sports Centre at Nottingham Trent University, gave deaf and disabled people the opportunity to engage in a competitive running team sport.
Alongside the ParaNetball Championship, the England Netball Strategic Disability led a Disability Awareness Course during the event to encourage and support disability sport enthusiastic to get involved with disability netball.
Officials were on hand during each competition to educate and guide people through the game and the rules, to help inspire them to continue to engage with this wonderful sport.
The next competition will take place in early 2021. Information regarding the event will be released in due course.
2020 ParaNetball Deaf and Club Championship
The first ParaNetball Deaf and Club Championship took place on Saturday 1 February at the Lee Westwood Sports Centre at Nottingham Trent University with eight club teams taking part.
EPCN Dynamos won the club event after they defeated Concord RED in the final.
2020 ParaNetball Results:
Gold – EPCN Dynamos
Silver – Concord RED
Bronze – Crusaders – St Georges
2019 ParaNetball School Championship
The ParaNetball School Championship is tailored to people with SEN and learning disabilities. The inaugural 2019 tournament took place on Friday 14 June at the Lee Westwood Sports Centre at the Nottingham Trent University with six teams taking part.
North Yorkshire Jets were crowned champions after edging Westcroft School in a closely-fought 4-2 final victory.
Gold – North Yorkshire Jets
Silver – Westcroft School
Bronze – Crusaders