Inaugural Great British Week of Sport begins

The inaugural Great British Week of Sport takes place from Saturday 19th – Sunday 27th September and will celebrate the power that sport and activity has on our mental, physical and social wellbeing.

Running in partnership with the European Week of Sport, it’ll showcase the benefits of an active lifestyle as well as the power of physical activity and sport to bring us all together.

Across Britain, people will be encouraged to use #BeActive on social media during the week to share the activities they love most and help inspire others to get involved.

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Speaking to ukactive, Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, said: “Enjoying sport and being physically active can make us all happier and healthier, which is why Sport England is pleased to support the first Great British Week of Sport.

“We know that sport is a powerful means to bring people together, and so a full week dedicated to showcasing fun and enjoyable activities to encourage people of all ages to get involved means more people should have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of being active.”

68% of Back to Netballers surveyed in the fifth edition of England Netball’s Big Netball Conversation said that being involved in netball had made a positive difference to their mood and outlook.

One especially powerful story is Shaharun’s tale of her re-introduction to the sport and then how she set up her own Back to Netball session to engage women from all different backgrounds in her local community who she felt would really benefit.

In their Active Lives November 2018/19 survey, Sport England found that adults who volunteer in sport and physical activity are less likely to feel lonely than those who don’t.

With netball recently getting the green light to move to stage 4a (modified training), we know players are itching to get back on court but ask that everyone continues to be patient as clubs, leagues and programme providers require time to put the risk mitigation measures in place to protect you.

In the meantime, all England Netball members can access a wealth of training resources including skill and fitness sessions to get netballers ready to return to play via the Virtual Netball Club (VNC).

Unlock access to a range of exclusive netball benefits, including the VNC, by pledging your support for the #RiseAgain campaign.

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