Call for more women to join South Shields walking netball group

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Women are being given the chance to re-live their sporting days with new sessions at a community hub.

Twenty women are already taking part in fortnightly walking netball session led by Janet Wylie, but there is still room for more players to come down to Westoe Crown Hub and join them.

Mrs Wylie said: “Our numbers are steady, but we would love to see more women coming along and joining us.

“We have a great bunch of girls and everyone is really friendly. You don’t have to have played before to join in.

“We have a wide range of abilities and ages and the facilities at the hub are bright and clean.

“It is all about bringing people together. You don’t even realise you’re exercising because everyone is having so much fun and is so intent on the game.”

The sessions have been made possible with the help of Westoe Crown Hub manager Nick Roberts and funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, which enabled the group to buy the equipment needed.

Walking Netball is a slowed-down version of the game and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

The game has evolved following a growing demand for walking sports with rules from the original game being adapted, including an extra second being allowed when receiving the ball in a bid to improve the momentum of the game and a player can take two steps when receiving the ball.

Sessions will take place on June 7, 21, July 5, 19 and August 2,16 and 30 from 4pm until 6pm.

For more information contact Janet on 455 4830, 07954 413 542 or email 54janetw@live.co.uk