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England Netball attempts goal of biggest session in history

WINNING: The Vitality Roses with their Commonwealth gold medals

ENGLAND NETBALL has revealed that it is aiming to create the biggest netball session ever, the day after the Vitality Netball World Cup final.

Following the success of the Vitality Roses, England’s senior team, at the Commonwealth Games in April 2018, England Netball saw more than 130,700 women start playing netball or more netball in the UK as a result of the gold medal.

With the Vitality Netball World Cup due to take place from July 12-21 in Liverpool, the national governing body is anticipating that this will be the ‘Biggest Summer of Netball’ in England’s history and predicts another spike in participation and popularity for the sport following the highly anticipated tournament.

To help grow the sport at a grassroots level, England Netball is asking leisure centres, venue owners, schools, colleges and anyone with access to a netball court, to open their courts up to the public for free for just one day on July 22, giving anyone inspired by the Vitality Netball World Cup the chance to have a go at the sport.

Chief executive of England Netball, Joanna Adams, said: “This initiative has been developed as part of our new ‘Biggest Summer of Netball’ campaign, which aims to encourage people to get active and participate in this wonderful sport at a grassroots level, throughout the summer months.

“Our Vitality Roses inspired thousands of people to take to the netball courts after their success at the Commonwealth Games and with the Vitality Netball World Cup due to take place on home soil, we envisage interest will be bigger than ever before and we want to be prepared. To achieve our goal of creating the biggest open netball session in history, we want to try and make every school, gym, sports hall and outdoor court available throughout the UK the day after the final, so people can just rock up and have a go.”

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England Netball will provide each venue that signs up with a netball coach to run the free session in July.

The venues that sign up to take part will be listed on the England Netball website during the Vitality Netball World Cup, so that members of the public can find their closest on July 22.

Venues can pledge their court for this initiative by registering their details at surveymonkey.co.uk/r/pledgeyourcourt

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