Core Inclusive Clubs Announced

England Netball is delighted to announce the nine clubs invited to participate in our Core Inclusive Clubs Programme.

Around 11 million people or 20% of the population in the UK have a disability. England Netball is committed to the inclusion of people of all abilities to enjoy the benefits of netball that include positive mental health and wellbeing, social and confidence outcomes.

Disabled people participate far less than non-disabled people in physical activity and recreation activities. Only 18% of disabled people do at least 30 minutes of exercise per week.

Despite this, more than 70% of disabled people want to participate in more sport and physical activity.

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The Core Inclusive Clubs grant programme was recently launched and clubs were invited to apply and this is programme is a first for netball clubs in England.

This will provide clubs with the resources and support they need to increase their inclusive footprint.

Core Inclusive Clubs will receive grants of up to £1000 and participate in a programme of planning and training that will allow the club to develop the confidence, knowledge, skills and partnerships that will allow the club to open their doors to the community and provide environments that are welcoming and inclusive.

The clubs listed below have been invited to participate in the Core Inclusive Clubs Programme:

Swindon Vixens Netball Club (Wiltshire)
OPA Netball Club (London)
Tewkesbury Netball Club (Gloucestershire)
Telford Netball Club (Shropshire)
Swan Netball Club (Essex)
Special Olympics East Herts Netball Club (Hertfordshire)
Kardale Netball Club (Hertfordshire)
Bears Netball Club (Essex)

Hillcrest Netball Club (Surrey)

Jane Diamond from Swan Netball Club said “We are absolutely delighted and excited. We are extremely honoured that our club has been selected. We look forward to working closely with England Netball and our community to encourage more people to participate in netball”.

For more information on how to get involved in inclusive netball and the Core Inclusive Club programme, please contact Matthew Dunstan on 07587 034320 or email

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