Netball NSW’s extraordinary Walking Netball eight-week pilot program is making dreams come true for participants. New participants who are not able to play the traditional netball game are relishing the opportunity to build their netball skills and get back out on the court.
Parramatta participant Leah Tekaha, who has attended the first few Walking Netball classes in Parramatta, was excited to be able to get finally get back out on court after an extensive break.
“I was so looking forward to coming to Walking Netball, because it’s been years since I’ve played netball and when I saw it on the website I was so excited,” she said.
The classes are more than just netball, offering specific warm-up exercises, drills, gameplay and cool down exercises to ensure all participants build skills and look after themselves.
“The people have made it fun as well, the coach is great, and the drills are so appropriate. I also now know that I can catch a ball – even with glasses – because when I used to play it was too dangerous to wear glasses, but I wore glasses and a hat today and it all worked,” she said.
With a group of 14 in attendance at Parramatta third week of Walking Netball classes, the laughter and excitement to get out on the court was palpable.
Ms. Tekaha, who brought along her visiting sister from Queensland and teenage daughter to the class, had an absolute ball.
“My dream when I had my daughter was that one day I would be able to play netball with her and today I was able to, it was like a dream come true. To play with both my sister and my daughter was incredible,” she said.
Her sister, Deborah Ballin enjoyed the opportunity to attend the class and experience Walking Netball for the first time.
“It was amazing, it was really fun”.
“I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it, but I really really did and it’s given me food for thought. I usually hate exercise, whereas this to me I don’t consider exercise – this is fun and I’d love to resume it in Queensland” said Ms. Ballin.
With five weeks left of the Walking Netball pilot programs, participants can join for free at any stage during the program online here.