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Success for city netball project

Published on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

MORE than 2,700 women of all ages have taken part in a major netball project taking place across the city this summer.

The scheme, which has been taking place in sports centres across Leicester, has led to three new permanent netball groups being set up as a result.

Sessions have been taking place at venues including Gateway College, Leicester College, New College and Sir Jonathan North Community College; leisure centres at Braunstone, Aylestone and Leicester Leys, as well as Cossington Park, Spinney Hill Park and Evington Park. 

The scheme ends on September 28, but three new sessions will continue, for women aged 13 to 75.

They will take place every Monday night at New College, from 6pm to 7pm, Monday nights from 8pm to 9pm at Aylestone Leisure Centre, and Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 10.30am at Braunstone Leisure Centre. 

The netball sessions are continuing with support from Leicester City Council, Leicestershire and Rutland Sport and making use of £24,500 funding from Sport England.

Women taking part in the sessions will also be able to work towards a national UKCC level 1 coaching certificate. 

Leicester assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: “It’s really encouraging to see so many women of all ages getting active and getting involved in these sessions.

“Our sports services staff have done a fantastic job in running this scheme, and I’m particularly good that its resulted in three new long-term netball sessions being held in the city, which will allow many more women to get involved.”

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