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The WI launches Walking Netball project across Wales

Walking Netball

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI)-Wales and Welsh Netball are delighted to launch a Walking Netball project that will see federations across Wales getting involved in organising Walking Netball sessions in their areas.

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play regardless of age or fitness level.

This project is aimed at encouraging WI members to stay active and take part in a team sport which is challenging, sociable and rewarding. Additionally, the WI is committed to improving mental health and well-being and reducing loneliness and isolation and fully believes the unique social benefits of this project can help to play a part in achieving these aspirations.

Supported by a grant of £18,487 from Sport Wales, the partnership will enable each federation in Wales to run 20 weeks of Walking Netball delivered by a qualified Walking Netball Coach provided by Welsh Netball, at a venue of their choice.

The initiative will run for 18 months with sessions taking place from April this year.

Mair Stephens, Chair of the NFWI-Wales, said: “We are delighted to be working with Welsh Netball on this exciting project, and it is very encouraging that so many WI members have already expressed interest in participating in sessions.

“Pilot sessions already established in Wales have proved to a huge success demonstrating  that Walking Netball is an inclusive and rewarding activity open to everyone regardless of age or ability.  The benefits are huge.  As well as providing an opportunity to exercise, WI members have highlighted the social benefits they have gained from taking part in Walking Netball such as having fun, socialising and making new friends. We are looking forward to seeing members across Wales inspired to part in the project during the next 18 months.”

Ben Williams, Head of Community Development at Welsh Netball said:-

“We are excited to be working in partnership with the NFWI-Wales in what will be a ground breaking national project for the sport. Walking Netball has really taken off over the past 12 months as it provides a fun and inclusive opportunity for all to play the sport and get active. We’re delighted to be able to facilitate Walking Netball opportunities for WI’s across the whole length and breadth of Wales, and I can’t wait for the benefits of the initiative to be seen by all!”