Walking Netball has evolved from a growing demand for walking sports. Often, one of netball’s strengths is that people never forget playing the sport. The memories, as well as the love for the game, never leave players.
Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play it regardless of age or fitness level.
From those who have dropped out of the sport they love due to serious injury, to those who believed they had hung up their netball trainers many years ago, it really is for everyone.
Women the length of the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into netball.
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“Walking Netball has made me feel alive again”
The success of Walking Netball has made a huge impact on one Eastleigh resident in particular. Vicky Dennis, who played for 14 years in the Southampton Netball league, has recently come back to the sport through a new Walking Netball session in Hamble after being diagnosed with breast cancer 15 months ago.
Vicky moved to Southampton and joined the league 18 years ago, but inevitably prioritised work commitments and stopped playing. Unfortunately 15 months ago Vicky developed breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy resulting in limited movement and strength in her left arm as all her lymph nodes were removed. Vicky then developed lymphodema and was afraid she would never be able to return to her favourite sport.
After finding an advert for Walking Netball she decided to speak to her doctor and try it out. Vicky contacted Hampshire’s Netball Development Officer, Debbie Spindlow, and decided to give it a go.
“Walking netball has allowed me to return to a sport I love.” Vicky goes on to say, “During the session I felt really alive for the first time in many months. I couldn’t stop smiling. Exercise is essential for everyone but is vital when recovering from cancer. Playing netball within a team, meeting new people and returning to a game I never thought I would be able to play again is amazing.”
“It’s been a privilege to provide an opportunity for Vicky and the other ladies in Hamble as well as across the County to rejoin the sport they love,” says Debbie Spindlow Hampshire and IOW Netball Development Officer. “Walking Netball is a perfect opportunity to get out of the house, meet new people and get fit at the same time.”
Thanks must also go to Hamble Sports Complex who have been supportive in providing the venue, Eastleigh Borough Council SportWorks who have helped to fund the initial sessions and pay for new equipment and Mo Edwards, the Walking Netball Host who has delivered the sessions and made new ladies feel welcome.