This week in netball: Week 11

Over the last week, people have been using social media as a tool to get their netball fix.

The Netball Family have found innovative ways to stay connected during this time through shooting challenges, home workout tips and sharing positive stories online.

We have pulled together the best bits shared on social media from the last seven days.

Time to safely get back playing netball

Due to further government guidance, up to six netballers from different households can now meet and take part in netball fitness sessions together in outdoor spaces, providing teammates from different households stay two metres apart at all times.

Whilst this is a positive step for community netball’s return, the Government has not yet deemed it appropriate for close contact activity to commence or for a full netball team to gather.

In the latest guidance issued, it outlined that equipment sharing should be kept to a minimum and that small sided games are not permitted. We therefore strongly recommend that the sharing of equipment and balls is minimised with those outside of your household to reduce the risk of infection.

To get all the required information you need before getting back to playing netball, please read the guidelines in full here.

Netball Family get behind Volunteers Week

Monday signalled the start of Volunteers Week and the Netball Family came together to celebrate those who give up their time to make netball happen.

An estimated 26,000 people volunteered for netball in this country in 2019, giving the equivalent of £55m of skilled time annually to the game.

England Netball simply would not exist without volunteers with most of the 2,500+ clubs, several hundred leagues, 52 counties and nine regions organised by netball volunteers, who give a huge amount of time and energy freely to our sport.

To help say thank you, we have created a bespoke campaign for the Netball Family to use which includes editable templates to share a sentence about, and show your appreciation for, a volunteer (or volunteers). You can access all the resources here.

Busy weekend with the VNC

England Netball members enjoyed a jam-packed weekend with the Virtual Netball Club.

After taking membership online last week, members across the country were able to enjoy a host of netball treats from their homes.

After a full week of enjoyment, fans were able to enjoy a tactical masterclass in centre passes with Vitality Roses Head Coach Jess Thirlby and 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup captain Serena Guthrie.

Presenter Zara Buck also caught up with Natalie Panagarry for another episode of Netball Natter and Sasha Corbin hosted an U11 training session for all of our Bee Netballers out there.

Netballers continue to come together in Netball vs COVID-19 group

Thousands of members of the Netball Family have been showcasing their love for the sport in a strong Facebook group meant to keep netballers supplied with fun ideas, challenges, discussions and general netball fixes during this difficult time of isolation.

This week, the 5,000-strong community came together to share creative TikToks, ask some netball Would You Rather questions, and find out which Jo Harten you are today!

I'm a 6 today… although quite often a 7! How about you?

Posted by Lucy Higgins on Monday, June 1, 2020

It is so important, now more than ever, to stay connected! We invite you to join in, share ideas and ride this wave with us. Join now.

Jodie Takes Netball Home with Gilbert

Jodie Gibson got out in the sun this week to show us some top drills to improve your netball skills.

The Vitality Rose and Saracens Mavericks defender demonstrated three easy but rewarding drills you could do by yourself in the back garden.

Want to give it a go? Make sure you tag us with a photo with the hashtag #TakeNetballHome. You can get all you need with Gilbert Netball, who are offering a generous 15% discount on their Home Training equipment.

Make sure to return next week to see a comprehensive round-up of the most exciting netball content from the last week!

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