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England Netball launches new Disability Strategy

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England Netball has announced the launch of our new Disability Strategy to enable more than 5,000 women and girl who are deaf and disabled to participate in netball programs by 2021.

The strategy was introduced off the back of Sport England’s Active Lives 2017/18 report, which found that people with disabilities are twice as likely to be physically inactive than non-disabled people.

“We are delighted to officially launch our Disability Strategy, which we have been working on for some time now. This is a really exciting chance for us to welcome more deaf and disabled women and girls into the netball family” said Richard Evans, the Strategic Lead for Disability at England Netball.

“This strategy gives people a glimpse into our future and breaks down our ambition to understand, engage with, and maximise opportunities in netball for disabled people. It will allow us to grow and build towards a future where disabled people playing netball isn’t the exception but the norm.”

As part of the strategy, we will also be hosting our ParaNetball Championships on 1 February 2020, which offers a competitive netball opportunity for people who are deaf or hard of hearing or for those with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities or educational needs. On the same day there will also be a Disability Awareness Course taking place to provide people with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to be able to deliver netball sessions for disabled people.

To find out more about about the strategy, upcoming competitions and training opportunities, go to


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