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Cambridgeshire Netball during coronavirus 

Firstly, thank you for supporting Netball so far and following the government guidance.

To support you through this challenging period we've highlighted some guidance below. We've also pulled together some exercises you can do at home to get netball ready.

What's avaliable to you as an England Netball member?

England Netball have announced the Virtual Netball Club (VNC) for all members.  You should have received an email with all the links you need to access the training and information EN are currently offering.  If you haven’t received these please log into engage and check your settings for correspondence and your email address added, also your junk mail.

You can also view your membership benefits on the England Netball website.

England Netball guidance

On Monday 1 June, further Government guidance on social distancing and the return of outdoor sports came into effect. Up to six netballers from different households can now meet and take part in netball fitness sessions together in outdoor spaces, providing teammates from different households stay two metres apart at all times.  Equipment should not be shared.

England Netball latest response to guidance and FAQs and below infographic showing the guidance.

England Netball guidance

What does this mean for me?

This is a great first step towards the return of community netball. Whilst we know netballers the length and breadth of the country have been working hard on their fitness during lockdown, we know it just isn’t the same as working out alongside your teammates.

Whilst this is a positive step for community netball’s return, the Government has not yet deemed it appropriate for close contact activity to commence or for a full netball team to gather. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes at England Netball on the development of our full Return to Play plan and as part of this we will work with the Netball Family to ensure that when the time comes, we will be ready to hit the court once more.  

In the latest guidance issued, it outlined that equipment sharing should be kept to a minimum and that small sided games are not permitted. We therefore strongly recommend that the sharing of equipment and balls is minimised with those outside of your household to reduce the risk of infection. There are lots of fun netball fitness activities that can be enjoyed without a netball or with each player using their own netball. If you don’t have a netball or your own equipment have a look at Gilbert.

If you are interested in netball for the Under 11’s please take a look at Bees Netball this gives you lots of information about the rules and where to buy the new ‘bee’ equipment.

At the moment the guidance from England Netball is that DBS documents cannot be visually verified.  So if you are a coach, a first aider or a safe guarding officer of juniors please check before looking for verification.  Your EN DBS document is valid for 3 years.

If your Club is a junior Club and you are looking to gain or reaccredit your CAPs this has temporarily been stalled due to the DBS guidance.  Hopefully this will be up and running again soon.

Getting Netball Ready: Skills and training at home

We've pulled togther some skills and trainig which you can do at home, to get netball ready!

  • England Netball have announced the Virtual Netball Club (VNC) for all members- check your email for all the links you need to access the training and information EN are currently offering. 
  • Youth Sport Trust are also offering various fitness sessions and resources so please also take a look at their website
  • Academy, Emma Jones (Head Coach, U18 South) has kindly put together a list of exercises and drills which you can do in your gardens or in the house. This will be an excellent way of staying connected with netball and to burn off some excess energy! You could always perform them to music if it helps to motivate you. Access them here: CAMBS COUNTY ACADEMY AT HOME EXERCISE 

We'll be adding more at home netball skills over the next few weeks.


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