Netball Victoria is delivering a series of Rock Up Netball (RUN) pilot sessions throughout Victoria, encouraging female participation in sport by offering a new way to play netball.
Developed in conjunction with VicHealth, RUN is a program tailored to the different fitness and skill levels of women aged 15 years and over. The program is a flexible, ‘pay as you play’ alternative to organised physical activity.
Launched on Friday 10 August, there has been 15 pilot sessions in both metropolitan and regional Victoria, with more than 150 women rocking up and joining in.
Netball Victoria Participation Development Manager Scarlett O’Sullivan is pleased with the progress being made and hopes women will spread the word to join inand get social with netball in their community.
“Netball Victoria is excited to bring this new initiative to life with the support of VicHealth,” said Ms O’Sullivan.
“We understand there are a lot of people in the community who are wanting to play sport in a social, relaxed environment and we believe that Rock Up Netball will help meet their needs.”
A VicHealth report published in October 2014 showed that more than two-thirds of adult Australian females were classified as being sedentary or having low levels of exercise.
To facilitate the barriers that stop women from participating in physical activity, RUN offers non-traditional netball activities and ensures a safe and inclusive environment where women can get together with friends and exercise at a pace that suits them.
In the same VicHealth report, evidence showed that four times as many Victorian women (44%) were choosing to participate in non-organised physical activity compared to organised physical activity (9%).