On Wednesday 16th March, over 50 ladies from local workplaces took part in a Back to Netball taster session, as part of the local workplace health initiative, Workplace Challenge.
The two hour netball event was organised in partnership between local County Sports Partnership, Energize, Shropshire’s Netball Development Officer, Zoe Stephenson, and Phoenix Sports & Leisure Centre, where the event was held.
The ladies who took part were from Wrekin Housing Trust, Telford & Wrekin Council, Madeley Nursery, Princess Royal Hospital, Southall School, plus others.
One lady who attended commented:
“Would just like to say thank you to everyone who organised last night. It was the first time I have played in over 40 years and was apprehensive at start but really loved it. If given the opportunity would definitely like to do this again. I am 58 and this was a real challenge to me but I so enjoyed it.”
Energize received a great response to this netball event, and will be working with Shropshire’s NDO to provide similar events in the future which will be informed by participant’s feedback.
Back to Netball provides women of all ages with a gentle reintroduction of the sport, starting with the basics of game play and finishing with friendly games. Many Back to Netball sessions take place across the County http://www.englandnetball.co.uk/my-game/back-to-netball.
The event was part of the Workplace Challenge ( www.workplacechallenge.org.uk ), participants could sign up as individuals or as part of a team with colleagues. Energize co-ordinate the Workplace Challenge, which is free to for individuals to sign up to if you work for an organisation in the County. This enables access to an activity tracker, event directory and workplace competitions which are co-ordinated by Energize. The next workplace event is ‘Swing for Bling’, a beginner golf programme, a great way to give golf a try before you commit to buying equipment or a membership.