Walking netball is a game designed so that anyone, at any age or fitness, can play and it is currently being trialled by Bundaberg Netball with the possibility of becoming part of the annual sport season.
Bundaberg Netball Association president Anthony Lewis said they were half way through the six-week trial, and it had proven a popular choice for a variety of women, both young and old.
He said walking netball was a slower version of the game – literally netball at a walking pace – designed so anyone can play, regardless of age, ability or fitness level.
“It is designed for older players, but we have had varying ages including a lot of mums,” Anthony said.
“It’s a more relaxed atmosphere and game, and slower paced then the usual netball game.
“We are fairly open to who ever would like to join in, they can.”
Anthony said the rules for the fully-inclusive sport were also a little more relaxed.
“Players can take an extra step, holding the ball is okay too; it’s just a much slower paced game,” he said.
Anthony said walking netball was a great way to stay active with minimal risk of injury, while increasing fitness and it was a good opportunity for people to meet new friends.
There are still two more weeks of the trial left, and anyone who would like to give it a go can contact Bundaberg Netball via email, or head along to Bundaberg Netball Association, Bundaberg Superpark Netball Complex, 40 Enid Ethel on Saturday at 9.30am.
Why play walking netball?
Walking netball is a great way to reintroduce people back into team sports.
As it’s slower paced, it’s ideal for players recovering from injuries or for people that haven’t exercised in a long-time.
Players don’t need any experience and can start gently while gradually building up their strength and fitness.
Walking netball is a fun and friendly social sport that is focused on improving the physical and mental well-being of all participants.
It’s all about the laughter, participation and friendships and there’s no need to find your own team, as they are made up on the day.
Walking netball uses a modified version of the traditional netball rules
- No running or jumping.
- An extra step may be taken.
- A player has four seconds to throw or shoot the ball.
- When defending, a player must be four feet away from the opposition player.
- Rolling substitutions are allowed during play.