Everyone Active has teamed up with top Vitality Netball Superleague club, Saracens Mavericks, with the aim of getting more girls and women participating in physical activity.
Statistics show that two million fewer women than men regularly play sport. Everyone Active and the Mavericks want to bridge this gap by encouraging more women in the UK to pick up a netball and join the 20 million people worldwide who already benefit from playing the sport.
Most girls in England are not introduced to netball in school until the ages of 10-11. Through the partnership, Everyone Active and the Mavericks want to engage girls at a younger age in the sport, with the hope they will continuing playing throughout their lives.
Everyone Active and Mavericks want to get an additional 20,000 girls and women participating in some form of netball-related activity over the next three years.
The two organisations will be working together to upskilling level 2 coaches and roll out in-school netball programs, holiday camps and netball sessions at Everyone Active centres.
benecos Mavericks Captain and partner Ambassador, Sasha Corbin, has joined this partnership to help push the program forward by using her skills and experience to engage more young children and adults into netball. Sasha is actively involved in our schools program and has also been delivering inspiring specialised masterclasses over the South East. With an extensive netballing background and recent selection into the Roses squad, we are extremely proud to be working with such an amazing athlete.
The partnership officially launched at Everyone Active’s Watford Woodside Leisure Centre in February. More than 90 girls from Orchard Primary School joined Mavericks coaches and players to enjoy a session on the court.
“The girls at our primary school come from a mixture of backgrounds. Some are sportier than others, but today there was no such divide. The girls all took part in the professional coaching from the Mavericks and Everyone Active. They responded well to the teaching and it was clear to see improvements in the short time the coaches had with them. Pupils that usually shy away from a ball, or who give up easily in PE lessons, showed determination and resilience throughout, feeling comfortable in the all-female setting with their peers. Activities were well lead and gave the pupils no chance to feel bored. They were active throughout their time on the courts and it was a joy to see such rosy faces by the end! Our girls came back full off enthusiasm about their afternoon. Many said how they would like to play more netball, which is fantastic.”