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England Netball Recognised and Authorised Activity

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England Netball recognises certain versions of the game and England Netball members/groups are indemnified whilst playing, training, attending courses or carrying out activities that are both recognised and authorised by England Netball.

Recognised activity includes: 

  • 7-a-side Netball – single gender full seven aside version of the game in accordance with England Netball and/or World Netball rules 
  • Fast5 / FastNet – single gender five/seven aside version of the game in accordance with England Netball and World Netball rules and regulations 
  • Indoor Netball (or Nets) – single gender or mixed gender version of the game in accordance with England Netball and/or World Indoor Netball Association (WINA) rules and regulations 
  • ParaNetball – Versions of the game that are endorsed by England Netball in recognition of the participants’ disability 
  • England Netball participation programmes delivered by approved persons/groups, including: 
    • Back to Netball 
    • Bee Netball 
    • Netball Now
    • Walking Netball 
  • Mixed Netball (all versions listed above) – England Netball welcomes Mixed Netball as a growing form of the game and recognises Mixed Netball in the following contexts: 
    • At a recreational level – defined as the casual participation in training, a non-competitive or competitive game at a local or county level, where the result does not have a consequence on a league, tournament or series of games at a regional level or above.   
    • At a Performance level– training and competition delivered specifically by England Netball, England Netball Men’s and Mixed Netball Association (EMMNA) and registered VNSL Clubs only. In this context mixed netball can be in the form of mixed gender teams or competition between single gender teams of opposing gender.  

Authorised activity is recognised versions of the game (above) that have been authorised to go ahead by England Netball. 

This is either: 

  1. Official England Netball activity, organised and/or facilitated by appropriately qualified, England Netball appointed person(s)
  2. Recognised versions of the game, organised and facilitated by appropriately qualified person(s) at a registered County Netball Association or Regional Management Board in accordance with England Netball and World Netball rules and regulations
  3. Recognised versions of the game, organised and facilitated by appropriately qualified person(s) at a registered Netball Club, or a Registered League in accordance with England Netball and World Netball rules and regulations
  4. Recognised versions of the game, organised and facilitated by appropriately qualified person(s) appointed by England Men’s and Mixed Netball Association (EMMNA)
  5. England Netball programmes (such as Back to Netball, Bee Netball, Netball Now and Walking Netball) delivered by approved persons/groups* *Organisations/persons that wish to deliver Recognised England Netball programmes require England Netball approval. 

Requirements for Delivery of Recognised and Authorised Activity 

Delivery of Recognised and Authorised Activity must comply with the following minimum operating standards: 

Requirement  Club Training (e.g. training, match play)  Informal Competition (e.g. friendly matches, tournament)  Formal Competition 

(e.g. Leagues) 

EN participation programme 
EN Personal Membership  Golden Committee Roles of delivery organisation  X  X  X   
Coach / Official / Deliverer  X  X  X  X* 
Players  X**  X**  X   
Qualifications  Appropriately qualified coach  X      X 
2 appropriately qualified officials per match    X  X   
Appropriately Qualified First Aider  X  X  X  X 
Appropriately Qualified Safeguarding   X  X  X  X 
Health & Safety  Risk Assessment  X  X  X  X 
Policies & Procedures  Agree to operate in line with relevant England Netball Policies & Procedures, including:  X  X  X  X 
* unless approved persons/groups have separate liability insurance in place 

** unless delivery is by a registered Netball Club and the individual player (non-member) is sampling the club for the first time, for a period of up to one calendar month. In this circumstance the non-member will not be covered by England Netball’s programme of insurance, but the registered netball club will be covered for the actions of non-members providing signed and dated attendance records of all such individuals are kept by the registered club to evidence non-member activity.

Further information and FAQs relating to these requirements can be found here. 

Final Note 

Please note, England Netball does not always have jurisdiction over those providing recognised and authorised versions of the game to ensure that they are being delivered in a safe environment with adequate supervision. Individuals should not participate in any activity that they perceive to be unsafe. 

Clubs and Registered Leagues can refer to the England Netball website for information relating to risk management, assessing playing environments, events guidance and safeguarding for away trips. In the case of mixed netball, individuals are encouraged to take into account the physical differences between men and women when assessing a safe environment. 

The liability insurance is only provided for England Netball accredited tutors who are delivering England Netball approved courses/workshops. 

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