#wedNEWSday – 100,000 women are taking a shot at Back to Netball

A whopping 100,000 women across the country are playing Back to Netball; England Netball’s flagship participation programme, which first launched 10 years ago to encourage people of all ages to play the sport recreationally.

England Netball has announced that 30-year-old Alexandra Challis from Bristol, was the 100,000th person to sign up to the programme.

To celebrate the growth and success of Back to Netball, England Netball surprised Alexandra by turning up to her session with an array of prizes, including a trip to London to enjoy the final game of the three-match Vitality Netball International Series between England’s Vitality Roses and Uganda.

After being surprised, Alexandra, who is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor, said: “I was not expecting that at all! It’s amazing, I never win anything so it was a very nice surprise – I’m very excited about it all.

To read more about Alexandra’s surprise and the England Netball programme visit the England Netball website.

Since the first Back to Netball session began in the East of England, interest in the programme has grown significantly, with more than 200 sessions now taking place each week across the whole country.

Back to Netball sessions can be found via the session finder on England Netball’s website.

#wedNEWSday – Netball fever spreads to Students

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.

The start of the university year has been and gone and for most students getting involved in a sport is what makes their university experience. University of Gloucestershire Netball Club have worked extremely hard to get a fantastic 111 girls signed up at the Fresher’s Fayre in September.

They were promoting England Netballs 16-21 social netball programme at the Fresher’s Fayre, in partnership with University of Gloucestershire Sport. They have two sessions running, a first at Gloucestershire university. One in Cheltenham and one at the new arena in Gloucestershire.


Their new fun sessions have been a huge success and seen a high number of girls getting involved in netball. They are also focussing their efforts on the ‘this girl can’ campaign which aims to get more girls actively involved in netball.

For more details on this or any of the sessions, please email amy.ruffell-hazell@englandnetball.co.uk

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)