Fast, fun fitness: why you should play netball in 2024

Netball is one of New Zealand’s favourite sports. What’s more, we are one of the world’s top netballing nations, producing some of the world’s best players. But it’s not just our national netballing prowess that makes it one of the best sports to play in New Zealand. This is a fun, action-packed and highly-exhilarating sport that gives your fitness a major boost!

If you have been thinking about which sport to take up in 2024 then we thought we should help you decide with these reasons why netball is a definite winner for the year to come:

  1. It’s great for your health

Any sport that is this fast-paced is likely going to be good for your health, right? This is because you have to use (and work) so many elements of physical fitness to develop your game. Grab yourself a netball ball and start practising – before you know it you will improve your fitness like never before!

Fitness attributes the game focuses on include:

  • Agility
  • Speed
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Reaction time
  • Strength
  • Aerobic endurance

And more. This is an impressive list of fitness attributes that you will develop playing this awesome sport. What’s more, these are fitness attributes you can continue to develop the more you play, thus leading to a much fitter, healthier you!

  1. It improves teamwork

This is a team game, and one in which teammates must use building blocks to reach their shared objective. These building blocks divide team members into different parts of the court and consequently require them to strategically work together to reach a scoring situation.

Adults use teamwork in every aspect of daily life. Whether it be with a partner, a social situation or the workplace, there is no escaping the human necessity to collaborate on minor and major tasks. Netball – like other team sports – is perfect for teaching the imperative elements of teamwork.

This includes the following building blocks:

  •  Achieving a common goal through training & game situations
  • Collaboration to work together as a team & create scoring situations
  • Critical thinking through creating winning match strategies
  • Defining roles like captains & positions
  • Feedback through listening to our coach and teammates’ advice
  • Responsibility for our actions & behaviour on court

Adults can always improve their teamwork attributes. This is a living muscle that continues to grow the more we work on it. Therefore, playing a fantastic sport like netball is one of the best ways to continue strengthening our teamwork abilities!

  1. It’s fun (obviously!)

This is a super fun game to play. Fast-paced, adrenaline-packed sports like this are some of the most social and enjoyable you can play. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people who also want to work on their fitness and have fun in this exciting game!

Whether you’re joining a local club, or making a team with mates, you cannot overlook the fun and frivolity to be enjoyed on the court. This is why so many friends get together and play as part of a social or work event throughout the week. This, and the fact you will be having fun in a carefree and healthy way are just some of the reasons people enjoy playing so much.

So, if you’ve been thinking about which sport to take up in 2024, you’re definitely onto a winner with this legendary NZ sport. You will quickly build your fitness whilst making new friends and playing what is truly a super fun game that everyone can enjoy!

Jamie Jacob

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