This week in netball: week 7

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.

Celebrating new PBs

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From virtual matches to improvised posts, the Netball Family have truly embraced being stay at home netballers.

Netball training has looked quite different with the focus shifting to individuals challenging themselves and honing their own specific skills, including ball handling, shooting and core strength (see Sophie Drakeford-Lewis’ #TakeNetballHome drills with Gilbert) just to name a few.

The extra individual practice has been paying off with new personal bests sets and skills improving on a daily basis – all ready to put into action when it’s safe to return to the courts.

A hive of activity

There’s been a real buzz around Bee@Home with U11s (and their families and teachers) swarming to check out the weekly skill and creative challenges on offer.

Our Buzzers (age 5-7 years), Fliers (age 7-9 years) and Stingers (age 9-11 years) have been active, hardworking and continuing to develop the values and skills netball instills through all the activities.

All of the creative resources released so far can be downloaded here and the latest skill challenges can be viewed here.

Marking Deaf Awareness Week

The 4th – 10th May has been Deaf Awareness Week.

Vitality Rose and Team Bath Netball defender Summer Artman got some of her netball friends together (virtually, of course) to record a special message and to help raise awareness.

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These awesome netball girls have been busy learning sign language to promote Deaf Awareness week😁! They all learnt the signs with so much enthusiasm 👏🏾🙌🏾👏🏾!! I'm over the moon they wanted to be a part of this. It's all about inclusivity! We are so much stronger together. 💪🏾🤗 . . . 🎬Featuring the Amazing: @natsymone @bethcobden1 Hannah Passmore @npanagarry @lauraarudland @alana_john @fionnualatoner Rachel Fee @serenabob @franwilliams11 @gabslmarshall @imoallison @eleanor_cardwell11 @jcgibsonx @pajreedxx @iona_christian_ @amaagbeze @jadebclarke @kadburyz @sasha_corbin. . . . . On a personal note, having 2 deaf family members (Aunty Judy and Cousin Joel), and growing up watching my mum sign on TV, I have seen first hand the value in learning sign language. Although I can have a conversation, it's not at all second nature yet! But I'm learning and re learning so  hopefully I can keep at it so that I can improve and be in a better place to serve. . . . . I hope we've inspired some of you to learn a few signs to help make deaf people feel welcome within our sport! . . . . 🔗Here is the link to learn more signs! . . . . 🎶Song – Rooftops by MXXWLL . . . . #HappyDeafAwarenessWeek #deafawarenessinnetball #deafawarenessinsport #deafawareness #BSL #Signlanguage #signing #learningsignlanguage

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Back in 2013, The National Deaf Children’s Society created a series of videos to support clubs and coaches to learn some quick and simple British Sign Language related to netball. Presented by England Netball Ambassador Sasha Corbin, you can watch all the videos here.

To those who gave so much, we thank you

Friday 8th May was the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

To mark the occasion, British Army Sport shared a video put together by and featuring the UK Armed Forces Netball team.

These ladies are not only award-winning netballers (currently the UK Armed Forces Team of the Year), but also continue to honour and protect what previous generations fought for.

Apart but still united

The Netball Family have been separated over the last seven weeks but the undeniable team spirit has continued to shine through.

From the pass the ball challenge to quizzes to Walking Netball sessions followed by a cuppa and a chinwag, everyone has been staying connected and looking out for one another.

CEO Fran Connolly has also met with regional and county volunteers to hear about all the fantastic work currently going on and to talk about continuing to support the Netball Family.

The hugs, high fives and handshakes will return but until then, keep talking and stay united.

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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