20 million people can't be wrong!
According to the International Netball Federation that is the number of people that play netball!
Cornwall Sports Partnership along with England Netball, Cornwall Netball and Sport England are trying to grow this number within Cornwall and have received £25,000 from Sport England to do so!
By working in local clusters they aim to have a netball offer available for everyone over the age of 14 whether in a competitive club match, informal lunch time game, U16 central venue, mass events or just popping up in your local community on the beach, park or local shopping centre!
Tim Marrion from Cornwall Sports Partnership said 'This investment into a rural county will go a long way into making a difference in local communities to ensure we have a netball offer to suit everyone and grow regular weekly participation in a great sport for women and girls. Utilising the national This Girl Can campaign we hope to give more confidence to women to come back to netball, have great fun playing a new sport and establish new informal opportunities that cater for everyone's needs'.
David Rose National Development Manager, Regional Implementation for England Netball had this to say 'England Netball is delighted to be working with Cornwall Sports Partnership to grow participation across Cornwall. This is a significant investment from Sport England and England Netball, as well as from Cornwall Sports Partnership'.
'We have an exciting mix of Netball Offers to suit everyone which I am sure will result in many more women and girls taking part in an enjoyable, social sport, which will help increase the number of women and girls becoming more active as a result'
Cornwall Sports Partnership are present this week at the Royal Cornwall Show (4th, 5th & 6th June) stand number 462 promoting opportunities to play netball and launching the Netball Local project with an Active Zone focusing on activities for women and girls to play sport.
This week is also National Women in Sports Week and is a perfect time to launch this programme to encourage more women to play sport. Join the conversation on social media using @CornwallSportsP and the hash tag #WSW2015 #NetballLocal
Cornwall Sports Partnership want to hear from you if you are interesting in taking netball up again, not played since school and are keen to establish new opportunities within your community.
Please get in touch via social media @CornwallSportsP / Facebook.com/CornwallSportsPartnership or with the CSP lead officer for this new and exciting Netball Local project - Tim Marrion E: email@example.com / T: 01872 323344 or please visit www.getactivecornwall.co.uk and search for netball.
This project will utilise England Netball interventions and already available to start playing are:
Netball Now -
Venue: Outdoor courts at Camborne Science & International Academy
Day: Tuesday evenings
Cost: £2.00 (for affiliated members who present their affiliation number and students who present valid student ID) and £2.50 (for non-affiliated individuals).
Back 2 Netball -
Venue: Truro Leisure Centre
Day: Saturday mornings
Time: 10am to 11.30am
Venue: Helston Sports Centre
Day: Tuesday evenings
Time: 7pm to 8.15pm
Venue: Mounts Bay School, Penzance
Day: Thursday evenings - start date to be confirmed
Venue: Carn Brea Leisure Centre
Day: Restarting September 2015