Get Inspired: How to get into Netball

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Why get into netball?Netball is simple to grasp but hard to master! It has a positive effect on your health, wellbeing and social life.
Who is it for?Whether you're new to the game or looking for a way back into the sport there is a variation of netball for you.
Is there a cheap option?If you don't want to commit to a membership, find out about some pay-as-you-go schemes below.
What if I want a proper workout?Netball builds and relies upon core strength so it can play a big role in any fitness regime.
Can I take it to another level?Training regularly and playing for a club will increase your chances of success.
Is there a disability option?Disability netball is becoming more and more popular in the UK and around the world.
Is there a family option?High 5 is designed to introduce netball to children and help them make new friends!

Join over 156,000 women every week who play the fastest-growing and most popular team sport for women in the world! There are various ways to get into netball wherever you live in the UK. The traditional game involves seven players on each side, and the most important elements are balance, coordination and teamwork. Netball England offer several variations on the traditional 7-a-side game so regardless of your age or fitness ability, you can play!

Netball Scotland offers a map of clubs and contact details, as does Welsh Netball. For information on clubs in Northern Ireland, visit Netball NI.

Opportunities to play

Ball through a Netball Hoop

Whether you are new to netball or you have played in the past and would like to ease back into playing, there are schemes across the UK to help you. In Scotland, Bounce Back to Netball offers sessions that provide a gentle introduction or re-introduction to the game and are run on a pay-as-you-go basis. Men and women over 16 are welcome to go along. A similar programme run in England, Back to Netball, encourages beginners or anyone who is a little rusty to come back to the game. Also in England, Netball Now is a pay-as-you-play scheme with no coached sessions, no training - you just simply turn up, warm up and play a game.. Contact Welsh Netball or Netball NI to find out about introductory schemes in these areas.

7-a-side Netball

7 a side netball

The players are restricted to specific areas according to their position. Players cannot travel with the ball, making netball a game of fast passing with the object being to outscore your opponent by shooting more balls through the goal ring. If you're thinking about joining a club, or just want to have a go, use the links below to contact your local association and find a taster session near you: Netball England, Netball Scotland,Welsh Netball and Netball NI.

Children's Netball

children playing netball

High 5 is designed specifically for children, aged 9-11, and uses fun and variety to teach them to rules and basic techniques, help them keep fit and make new friends! Teams can be mixed gender and with 5 players on the court at one time, it allows other team mates to take up off-court positions. This encourages them to learn other important skills such as scoring and time keeping. Netball England offers a downloadable resource pack to help you set up your own High 5 team at an after school club, your local leisure centre or even in a nearby park! If you live elsewhere in the UK contact your local governing body for more information.

Alternative Versions


Nets is a variation of netball that is fast, non- stop and very tactical. The game takes place inside a high tension net and is played on a shorter, narrower court and it's usually carpeted. Nets can be played with either 6 or 7 players a team and unlike the traditional game, teams can be mixed gender. The rules differ slightly depending on the number of players on each team, so check out Netball England to brush up on all the rules. Fast Nets is an action-packed and highly technical adaptation of the game - coaches must experiment with a variety of strategies to find the perfect combination of speed and tactics. If you live elsewhere in the UK, just contact your national governing body for similar schemes in your area.

Walking Netball

Walking netball players

If you are struggling to get the joints moving or perhaps you are recovering from a serious injury but still want to play. Walking netball could be the answer for you. Essentially walking netball is like netball. Except you walk, no jumping or running. At the moment walking netball is only happening in England and you can find out more here.


competitive netball

If you're thinking about taking netball to the next level and competing either nationally or internationally, there are many ways you can get involved starting by joining a club. Competitions start at school level with the National Schools Leagues and U14 and U16 Championships. To find out about teams and leagues in your area visit Netball England,Northern Ireland Netball, Scotland Netball or Wales Netball. Each region also run performance pathways which act as a conveyor belt for high quality athletes, taking players from 11-12 years old, all the way through to our Senior National teams. Major competitions include European Championships, National Youth Championships, Fast5 World Series and of course the Commonwealth Games. You can find a calendar of major competitions here.

Disability Netball

Many people with disabilities enjoy playing netball with only a few adaptations from the traditional game. It could be as simple as installing an induction loop for people who are hearing impaired, using a ball that contains a bell inside to help those with visual impairments or using a softer ball to slow down the pace of the game. Individual clubs around the UK are running an increasing amount of disability sessions which they encourage anyone, regardless of their disability, to have a go. If you're looking to provide accessible netball sessions at your local club then take a look at Netball England's disability awareness training package for more information or contact your local club to find when they run sessions.

Coaching and volunteering

netball coaching

Whether you have played in the past or just have a keen interest in developing talent, coaching opportunities are available through the Netball Associations in your area. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales you can find out more about becoming a coach, while in England you will also find that your skills can be used in other ways by volunteering. Join in UK,Volunteer and Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland can also help you find a club that needs your hands on attention.

Aspire to be like: Pamela Cookey

Aspire to be like Pamela Cookey

What's next?

1. Go to our Activity Finder to get into netball near you

2. Find your local club in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

3. Share your story and inspire others

Are you inspired to try netball? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your story by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired, visit us on Facebook or email us on

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