This weeks wedNEWSday features our first story from Somerset where they have secured funding to promote and support Walking Netball across the region.  Each week we will be brining you a different good news story from across the South West so make sure you check our website and social media!

Walking Netball is coming to Somerset!

Walking Netball in Somerset has been given a boost as they have secured funding to run a Walking Netball programme from Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team.

The funding is being used to support aspiring Walking Netball hosts to gain a qualification and set up 10 Walking Netball sessions across Somerset. It is hoped this will encourage more women to become active and inspire them to start their own Walking Netball sessions.

At the recent Walking Netball Host Training workshop held at Westfield Academy 11 out of the 20 attendees were from Somerset and each of the brand new hosts will be looking to launch Walking Netball in the New Year.

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 across the South West and 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.

Make sure you keep your eye out on the Somerset Netball website and social media so you can take part in a Walking Netball session near you or contact Amy Wiltshire, Somerset Netball Development Officer ( for more information.

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