TeamUp initiative aims to get 150,000 girls into team sport

28/09/16. TeamUp Launch. Credit: Daniel Lynch 07941 594 556

The National Governing Bodies for cricket, hockey and netball have joined forces in a bid to encourage 150,000 schoolgirls to play team sports.

Team UpThe initiative named, TeamUp has been launched by the England and Wales Cricket Board, England Hockey and England Netball. Their aim is to engage with more than 15,000 schools over the next three years to help them increase their offer in cricket, netball and hockey for girls aged between seven and thirteen.

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Sport England cuts funding

amateur footballThe Football Association is one of six sports to receive reduced public funding and will see a £1.6 million drop in its subsidy.

Sport England, the body responsible for distributing public money to increase sports participation, says the reduction is a clear message that football needs to change its grassroots strategy.

Golf is the second biggest loser, having £500,000 of its overall funding package withdrawn, but there are also reductions in England for netball, hockey, mountaineering and rowing.

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Girls are put off sport by PE class experience

girls pe netball classOver half of secondary girls say that “girls are put off sport and physical activity because of their experiences of school sport and PE”

A new study, Changing the Game, for Girls, commissioned by the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) identifies that girls in the UK are not getting enough exercise and that schools hold the key to encouraging girls to get active.

The report, based on research carried out by the Institute of Youth Sport at Loughborough University, shows that over half of all girls are put off physical activity by their experiences of school sport and PE.

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Taking steps to succeed at Netball

Netball Steps to SuccessMaster the key skills for on-court success. Netball: Steps to Success covers every aspect of the game, from individual playing skills to the fundamentals of team play.

Players receive a solid grounding in the game and learn correct footwork and the fundamental skills of catching, passing and shooting, providing a solid platform from which to progress to competitive gameplay.

These skills are practised and honed through a series of drills that feature a scoring system designed to accelerate your progress.

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Netball’s radical rule changes

netball-players2Netball’s governing body the IFNA has announced a series of experimental rule changes to be trialled in this year’s World Netball Series due to be held in Manchester in October.

The changes, which include shooting for double points outside the goal circle, will put “the fitness, technical ability and tactical awareness” of the best players in the world to the test.

The high profile series will see ithe world’s top six netballing nations –
England, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Samoa and Malawi – play to the new format, with each match consisting of four six-minute quarters.

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