A NEW way to play netball is inspiring people to get back into exercise.

Walking netball is aimed at people who are looking for a way to enjoy the sport but, for a variety of reasons, may not feel they can play the standard netball format.

This makes it ideal for older people or people returning to netball after a while away from the game.

It was launched as part of Livewire’s Sport Development Programme to encourage people to become more active across Warrington.

With the Netball World Cup continuing until July 21, LiveWire is hoping that the sporting event may inspire others to take up netball or re-visit an old hobby.

Warrington Guardian:

Viv Roughley, 72, described the walking netball session at Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub as a highlight of her week, saying: "I’d not played netball since school but came along after taking up exercising when I retired.

"I find coming here exhilarating! I love playing the game and love being here with these ladies.

"I’d say to anyone considering trying it to come along and give it a go, even if you’ve not done any exercise for a while."

Josie Harris, 67, has played netball since she was eight years old.

She said: "Walking netball allows me to keep playing the game I love that I have played all my life.

"It keeps me fit and it is with a great group of ladies - I absolutely love it!"

Warrington Guardian:

Betty Farrington, 75, also played netball at school.

She said: "It’s hard work, but fun as well as exercise.

"I love coming and we give a warm welcome to anyone who comes along."

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LiveWire's walking netball sessions are held on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 11.30am at Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub and on Thursdays, in partnership with Penketh Panthers Netball Club, between 7pm and 8pm at Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub.

There is also a Back to Netball class on offer on Mondays between 6pm and 7pm at Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub.

For more information on LiveWire’s netball sessions, run in conjunction with Complete Netball Solutions,

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