Social Sport session of the week: Netball

NTU's Play for Fun programme is an exciting timetable of sessions aimed at getting people active on a fun and casual basis. Find out all about the sessions we run in our new regular feature.

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NTU's Play for Fun programme is an exciting timetable of sessions aimed at getting people active on a fun and casual basis

NTU's Play for Fun programme is an exciting timetable of sessions aimed at getting people active on a fun and casual basis. Find out all about the sessions we run in our new regular feature.

Social netball sessions provide girls with an opportunity to be involved in netball, while having fun and playing in a more casual, less competitive way. Alongside all this, being involved allows you to be part of the NTU Netball family – where you can make new friends and increase your confidence.

There are netball social sessions at both Clifton and City. The Clifton campus session runs on a Monday at 5 pm - 6 pm in the Lee Westwood Sports Centre. This session is delivered by one of the England Netball University Netball Officers (UNO), Megan Bailey, who does a fantastic job in creating a relaxed and sociable atmosphere.

So far this year there have been over 40 different girls attend the Clifton session, and on average the session has 15 students attending weekly. The girls really enjoy working on their skills, and playing friendly games. New players are always welcome so please come along and get involved!

The City site session runs at 4.30 pm - 6 pm on Wednesdays in the City Student's Union Sports Hall. These sessions are led by our other UNO, Jessie Bradshaw. On average each session has 50 girls attending. This session has been attended by over 130 different girls – it is fantastic to see so many girls getting involved in the sport!

One student who attends weekly said: "Social netball is a great way to keep fit and meet new people, without the commitment of training and games every week."

Jessie told us why she loves being involved: "I choose to do social netball sessions because I love netball with a passion but am not at the level of the University BUCS and Development teams.

"I'd hate for someone to take the opportunity to play netball away from me purely because of my ability. Also it's a great way to get to know new people, as I found out in my first year.

"I enjoy getting to see the team mentality between girls when I put them into game situations, even though they don't know each other. I love seeing the same faces again and again each week and those girls putting in every effort even with skills-based drills."

In late October, two of the sport champions, joined by one of the UNOs, promoted the social netball sessions outside the new pavilion building in Clifton. They set up a shooting challenge, where points were gained for successful shots, and depending on the positioning of where the shots taken, either one, two or three points were awarded. Everyone was given six shots to try and gain as many points as possible, with the opportunity to win a NTU Social Sport T-shirt for the highest scoring student.

As well as the social sessions, NTU Sport also organises a weekly intramural netball league. This is another great opportunity to get involved with the sport in a fun, non-competitive manner.

This year has seen a record number of 11 teams enter the league with over 200 girls involved. Teams play most weeks on a Sunday between 10 am – 12.30 pm in the City Students' Union Sports Hall. The cost of competing is £14 per team each week. For more information / enquiries visit the Netball league's facebook page.

NTU Netball have a number of other opportunities coming up in the next few weeks for students to get involved with. There is a social tournament on 3 December, where three teams will play against the University of Nottingham social netballers. Good luck to those taking part. There will also be a mixed tournament after Christmas, open to all University students, look out for more information coming soon.

Visit the Play for Fun webpages to view the timetable and follow NTU Play for Fun on Twitter for regular updates.

Social Sport session of the week: Netball

Published on 19 November 2015
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