England Netball has begun its brand new Couch To Court campaign, with the aim of getting more than 4,000 women into the sport in the New Year.
The national federation is aiming to battle inactivity among women, after a 2018/19 study found that 11.2 million people nationwide were doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week.
The scheme encourages women to move from the couch to the netball court with information, digital material and supporting correspondence to help people battle the nerves of joining a team for the first time.
Additionally, anyone who takes part in an England Netball session or becomes an England Netball member between 17th December and 19th January will be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to the final of the Vitality Netball Nations Cup in January, or the Vitality Netball Superleague Season Opener in February.
Fran Connolly, England Netball’s new CEO, said: “We regularly hear that women’s lives have been significantly improved thanks to netball, but we know that still a significant number of women worry about joining in as they think they’re not fit enough, not good enough and they fear judgement.
“Couch To Court aims to remove some of those fears and to guide women who are initially thinking of attending a netball session or joining their local club for the first time, all the way through to becoming a regular netball player.”
Earlier this year, a study found that popularity in netball had surged in 2019, with more than 50,000 taking up the sport across the year.