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The University of West England’s University Netball Officers have hit the ground running with their weekly netball league. 120 students attended the first session in September and with 75 of them having not played netball in the last year, the programme has been a great success in providing opportunities for students to get involved in something new to them. 

Tintin, Hannah, Rianna and Emma. University Netball Officers at the University of West England

Tamara Getter who is the Sport Experience Manager at the University of West England commented “Social Netball at UWE Bristol is a fundamental and important part of our MOVE participation programme which aims to provide fun, friendly and social activity for students, staff and the community. Partnering with England Netball gives our students the opportunity to apply for the role of UNO (University Netball Officer). This role gives them real life experience of organising and delivering a sports programme, national networking and enhancing their CV and employability upon graduation. Our UNO’s enable, encourage and organise over 150 people per week, to be active playing in our social netball league.”

The UNOs run a weekly league on a Thursday evening in which teams get to play matches against each other as well as meet new people and socialise. Emma, who is a 2nd year student, gave the UNO’s collective thoughts on what it’s like being an UNO:

“Although it is a lot of work organising so many people it is really worth it to get so many people active and involved in social sport, which is the main aim of the MOVE programme at UWE.
We have a huge range of abilities in our sessions, from people who have never played before to people who have been playing for years. It’s great seeing everyone playing together and having a good time regardless. It’s really rewarding that so many people come to the sessions as it really makes us feel like we must be doing a good job!”

Emma and Tintin with some of the netball teams at UWE

“We have such a great mixed group who are keen to get involved in netball this year, and we try to appeal to everyone by organising friendlies against other Universities to appeal to those who are keen to play competitively, as well as keeping the sessions fun and light-hearted for those who enjoy netball sessions for a run about and time with their friends.”

UNOs Tintin, Emma, Rianna and Hannah with two of their teams before their friendly matches against Bath Spa University.

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