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No running, no jumping: Walking netball keeps Suffolk active

Two walking netball players on the court Credit: ITV Anglia

A woman from West Suffolk is making netball more accessible to her local community.

Over two years, Tracey Butcher set up six weekly sessions of the sport across West Suffolk. Ms Butcher, a coach at Bury-based Jetts Netball Club, thought that the slower version of the sport would help many locals.

Tracy Butcher, netball coach Credit: ITV Anglia

"Some haven't been on court for ten, twenty, thirty, fifty years. They're coming back on court, they're having fun, they're keeping fit, they're making new friends."

– Tracey Butcher, netball coach

Walking netball is targeted at those who enjoy netball, but for whatever reason, struggle with the sport's fast pace. In the game's slower version, 'no running' and 'no jumping' are the two main rules.

"I still play a bit of league netball, but it's just got a bit too dangerous and I just want to play as long as I can. Walking netball means I can do that."

– Louella Hudgson, walking netball player
Goal attack takes a shot Credit: ITV Anglia

Walking netball sessions take place in Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and Ipswich. More details can be found on the Suffolk Netball website.