WELWYN/HATFIELD mums are being urged to take up netball across the region.

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England Netball has teamed up with the Hatfield-based Herts Sports Partnership to get more young mothers playing the sport across Hertfordshire.

The Young Mums’ Back2Netball Programme offers women with children at primary school to come together and play the sport that some of them may not have tried since their own schooldays, in a friendly and sociable way.

The Back2Netball sessions will predominantly be held in school playgrounds or leisure centres across the county, timed to fit in after the morning school run.

No previous playing experience is necessary as all coaching and equipment will be provided by England Netball.

The programme which has proved hugely popular with young mothers in other parts of the country offers mums a convenient opportunity to get back into or to try netball for the first time and will give them a chance to get fit, stay healthy and meet new friends.

To find out how to set up a session and start a Young Mums Back2Netball programme at your school, interested individuals are invited to a free Sport Makers workshop being held at the University of Hertfordshire on Thursday, March 29 from 10am - 12 noon.

The workshop, which will include a practical netball session delivered by Sarah Beattie, the community netball co-ordinator for Hertfordshire, will advise attendees how to set up sessions and tap into both the support on offer from England Netball and the opportunities arising from becoming a Sport Maker.

Anyone wishing to attend should go to www.sportmakers.co.uk and register their interest.

In launching the programme, Beattie said: “The Young Mums’ Back2Netball Programme is a great way of getting fit and rekindling an interest in netball that may have lain dormant since their schooldays.

“This programme uses netball as a means of giving young mums a convenient, affordable and accessible opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing and to develop new friendships.”

For further information, contact the Herts Sports Partnership on 01707 284229.

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