On Sunday 1st December over 100 netballers came together to compete in the Netball South West Regional Back to Netball Festival (North), in aid of Cancer Research UK. The event was held at Clifton College (Bristol) and 12 teams from Gloucestershire, Avon, Wiltshire and Somerset entered.

In total 34 matches were played throughout the afternoon, with every team playing at least five games. The overall winners were Avon-based Cougars Back to Netball Club who were the only team to win all of their games. In total £176.95 was raised for Cancer Research UK, England Netball’s official charity.

Rachel Bussey, the event organiser from England Netball, comments:

“What a pleasure today [Sunday] was, it ran really well with a great bunch of ladies. It is delightful to see so many ladies returning to our sport and enjoying themselves along the way. Well done to all those who took part, especially Cougars the overall event winners”

Congratulations to Yeovil Back to Netball group who won all of their early rounds in to secure a place in the semi-final.  Unfortunately they lost this by two goals and then lost out on their place by one goal. The team were pleased with their fourth place position in their first competitive tournament.

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Since 2010, over 30,000 women have started playing netball again through the award winning Back to Netball programme. Sessions provide a gentle re-introduction to the game for women over 16 and are led by qualified coaches. You can just turn up, sessions are pay and play, and you can expect to cover basic skills like passing and footwork and even play in a fun match.  Whether it is about rediscovering sporting abilities you forgot you had or about getting active again, Back to Netball caters for all abilities and giggles are guaranteed. For more information about sessions in your area contact Rebecca Squire Netball Development Officer rsquire@sasp.co.uk  for more information.