Young Bee Netballers cheer whilst holding Bee netballs

England Netball is proud to join schools, families and other organisations across the country to support National School Sports Week from 17-23 June. 

Run by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust, the week aims to highlight the importance of sport and physical education at school. 

Developing transferable life skills, connecting and forming friendships, and improving their physical and mental health – there are so many benefits that children and young people can gain. 

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Ali Oliver, CEO at Youth Sport Trust, said: “With less than half of all children and young people in the UK meeting the UK’s Chief Medical Officers’ guideline of 60 minutes of physical activity each day, too many are missing out on the life-changing benefits of play and sport. 

“National School Sports Week is the perfect opportunity to tackle this, by building happier children and healthier learners.” 

Across the country, there are a range of tailored programmes and opportunities to help children develop a love of being active through netball. 

For those aged 5-11 at the beginning of their team sport journey, Bee Netball is not only designed to introduce children to netball skills but to support every child’s personal development and belief in their ability beyond the court. 

To engage and empower deaf and disabled women and girls across England, there is ParaNetball with the Championship for both schools and clubs, supporting disability netball in a friendly, competitive, and inclusive environment, taking place at the end of National School Sports Week. 

To find out more about how you can get your child involved – or more involved – in netball, visit our Play page. 

Throughout the week, we’ll also celebrate the role of teachers, school sports leads and coaches in promoting and encouraging activity. 

Members of the England Netball Participation team recently attended the School Games National Summit arranged by the Youth Sport Trust. 

With a focus on three key pledges – tackling inequalities, embedding youth engagement and ensuring physical literacy – School Games Organisers, Active Partnerships and National Governing Bodies / National Disability Sports Organisations got together to share best practice and innovative solutions. 

With 64% of girls leaving sport by the time they finish puberty, the industry-leading NETBALLHer initiative is helping to educate, inspire, and create a community of support so that sport can be a place where all females can truly show up authentically. 

For top tips, myth-busting articles and information on topics including puberty and bras and kit, visit the NETBALLHer website. 

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