Back to Netball


A case study on Back to Netball, part of the Active Villages Programme

Netball has been one of the sports involved in the Devon Active Villages project which was nominated for a National Lottery Award. 


In Devon England Netball recently delivered three Back to Netball sessions in the villages of Ipplepen, Chudleigh and Ide. 

Jenny Kelly, Devon Netball Development Officer, worked with the local delivery partner to source equipment and local coaches to run the sessions. 

In total 64 women have come back to netball across the three sessions and all the sessions have continued after their initial 6 weeks funded by the project.  

Jenny says “The beauty of working with the Active Villages project is that it takes the sport to the people. I was really lucky that I was able to work with Active Villages coordinator to find the right village where there was access primary school courts and a qualified coach who lived near by to run the sessions. The support from Active Villages funding has meant that with the equipment provided, these netball groups have been able to carry on playing netball in a rural area where nothing was happening before. Devon Active Villages really deserves to be nominated for this award”

Active Villages has been so successful, helping more than 12,000 people to get active in rural communities in Devon, that funding has now been awarded for an Active Communities project which will work in the more urban areas of Devon which netball is also keen to be part of.