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.