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Looking for a gentle sport? Then try Walking Netball
If you are looking to take up a new sport in 2018 but aren't really ready to participate in anything too vigorous, then Lichfield has got something just for you. The city's Beacon Park is inviting people to 'walk this way' as a series of walking netball sessions are set to start up the delightful in March. Lichfield District Council is working in partnership with England Netball and Lichfield Spires Netball Club to bring the weekly walking netball sessions to Beacon Park, commencing on March 1st. Walking netball is a slowed down version of the game of netball, designed for anyone looking to exercise in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment. It is aimed at adults and also designed for people of all abilities, with each session including a gentle warm up.

Walking Netball, Beacon Park
Participants take part in walking netball

Tasmin Turner, Sports Development Officer for Lichfield District Council, said: "Walking netball has really caught on and is being played up and down the country. There is no advantage to being quick on the courts, which is a great leveller, making the game fair and great fun for all." A fully qualified walking netball coach will be delivering the sessions and there will be free refreshments served after the class in Beacon Park's Discovery Hub, making it a great way to get to know other players. The weekly walking netball sessions will run from Thursday 1st March, between 10.30am and 11.30am, on the park's tennis and netball courts. The sessions cost just £2.50 a session. Registration forms will need to be completed on arrival at Beacon Park.

Beacon Park
Picturesque Beacon Park in Lichfield

England Netball, founded in 1926, is the national governing body for England's biggest female team sport, with 92,000 affiliated members and at least one million women playing netball every week. Formerly the All England Netball Association, England Netball oversees, promotes and manages the sport in England. Lichfield Spires Netball is home to all women over the age of 16. Described as a friendly ladies netball team, the club meets in Beacon Park, Lichfield, on every Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm. All abilities are welcome to attend, with the first session being free. To find out more about the sport of walking netball, go to
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Why? Try the new gentler sport of Walking Netball
When: Weekly from March 1
Phone: 01543 308867
Where: Beacon Park, 14 Swan Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6QZ
Cost: Sessions cost £2.50
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