A well-established netball club from Cambridgeshire has launched a new introductory programme after receiving a £9,000 lottery grant.
Burwell Netball Club is attempting to encourage more women over the age of 16 to take up the sport after establishing a new course titled Back To Netball.
The course, which will run every Wednesday between 6pm and 8pm at Newmarket Leisure Centre until April 29, has been able to be put on after the club received a cash windfall from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards For All scheme.
“The idea of these sessions is to get those who maybe haven’t played it since leaving school or who are not playing much sport at the moment into it,” said club secretary Julie Cameron. “Every week we get new people come along and it can be quite intimidating, but with this course if we can get a group come along together at once it will help them bond together.”
Signs are encouraging that the free sessions, which cover the basics of the game including footwork, passing and shooting, are a positive step with the numbers from the first week, which took place a week yesterday reaching double figures.
“Although we put a notice up at the leisure centre we were a bit slow in getting this out there but we had 10 people turn up the first week which is good,” said Cameron. “Hopefully with more exposure even more will turn up.”
Although the aim of the course is to get people involved with the sport, it is also hoped it will have the knock-on effect of helping the club, which currently fields three teams across the Cambridgeshire county pyramid, preserve its longevity.
“This will hopefully help us develop for the future as some of the money will be used on coaching junior sessions as well,” said Cameron. “As for the 20-week Back To Netball course we hope that afterwards the players will stay and join the club and it may be we set up a team for them.
“If not we have three teams at the club and they will get a chance to progress in them.”