A survey published this month – the Active Lives Adult Survey – has revealed that 319,400 adults now play netball fortnightly, 50,200 more people than took part the year prior.


The survey, conducted by Sport England, is the most exhaustive snapshot of activity levels among adults aged 16 and above in England. The results showed that while the overall number of people participating in team sports has not increased in the last year, netball has bucked the trend. England’s gold medal success at the Commonwealth Games in Australia is widely believed to have been a significant factor, while other efforts to grow the game have clearly been rewarded. Exposure has now greatly increased, culminating in a home World Cup earlier this year that was widely broadcast on both the BBC and Sky Sports. All of this is a huge shot in the arm for everybody connected to netball in the UK.

Fran Connolly, Director of Development at England Netball, said:

These statistics show that elite success really does drive participation. 2018 is a year that stands out in our memories because of the moment the Vitality Roses clinched the title in the Gold Coast. We have seen a huge surge in interest since that tournament with international media exposure, new investment and partnerships, and an increase in participants across our variety of programmes. fran connolly, director of dvelopment, england netball


Whilst the gender gap in those participating in sport and physical activity remains, with men more active than women, the gap is clearly narrowing. The survey revealed 254,000 more women were active in the last 12 months, plus 142,000 fewer inactive women over the same period. These are hugely significant numbers for women’s sport.

There has also been a big increase in those aged 55-74 playing netball on a fortnightly basis, despite the Active Live Adult Survey showing that 27% of people in this age category are inactive.

Fran added:

We are delighted to see that more women are getting active as we are always working incredibly hard to get as many women and girls on a netball court as possible. We have worked tirelessly to reduce the amount of inactive women by introducing a form of the game for everyone, from our Bee Netball programme for under 11s to Walking Netball for those that want a slower version of the game, there truly is something for all ages and abilities.

We hope that more people hit a court near them going forward as we have seen first-hand the benefits this sport can have on people’s mental and physical wellbeing. We’re sure that participation will continue to grow as we head into another exciting year for the Vitality Roses and this sport.


Launched in June 2019, Bee Netball is a new netball programme aimed exclusively at under 11s. England Netball describe it as ‘a framework for children to get a great start in life through learning valuable skills including social, emotional and teamwork, all through netball’. It encourages inclusion and friendship, and it is schemes like this that are proving so vital in netball’s growth.

If you’re involved with a school or a club and want to get involved – or just a parent who’d love your child to join in – simply click here.


One of our core values is to give a voice and a platform to sports that sit outside the mainstream, to show that sports other than, say, football, are every bit as exciting, and of real value to everyone who gets involved. We are delighted to work with a raft of netball clubs around the country, and to promote women’s sport in general  – indeed almost half of the kit we dispatch goes to women, something that we are very proud of.

The Junior Spires from Lichfield Spires Netball Club

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