It might bring back terrible flashbacks from your school PE lessons, but take away the shouting PE teacher and the embarrassingly short skirts and netball is actually a a super fun way to keep active. It’s not just a sport for the girls either - there are plenty of mixed leagues you can join, but be warned… it’s not as easy as it looks!
Throwing and catching the ball accurately using different techniques is pretty crucial to this game, and it’s sure to improve your hand-eye co-ordination. The perfectly timed overhead, chest or bounce pass can make or break a game and requires quick reaction times too.
Teaches You Teamwork
It goes without saying, but a good netball team is reliant on efficient teamwork from all of it’s players. With certain players unable to enter specific areas of the court, communication really is the key to success... teamwork makes the dream work!
Although netball usually involves short, sharp movements, you’ll be surprised at how much distance some players can cover over the course of the game. It’s a great cardiovascular workout and by the end of the season you’ll feel both your fitness and strength has certainly improved. Volunteer to play in one the centre court positions and you’ll find yourself exhausted after just a few minutes!
As we mentioned before, netball requires a lot of short sprints and quick changes of direction, whether you’re defending the ball or trying to get free for a pass. And it’s not just good for your physical agility! To become a top notch player, planning your strategy and keeping one step ahead of the opposition will give your mind a workout of it’s own.
For The Social Life
Teammates are the best kind of mates! You’ll meet some great people and the post-match social will be a satisfying reward for a sweaty game of netball. If you're struggling to find the motivation to workout, joining your friends on the pitch is certainly more enjoyable than slogging it out on the treadmill on your own…