Netball is a ball sport played by two teams of seven players. Games are played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end. The object is to score goals from within a defined area, by throwing a ball into a ring attached to a 3.05 metres (10 feet) high post. A bit like basketball but better! Netball is the most popular sport for women and is played by more than 20 million people!!!
Netball in Switzerland is on the rise – both in terms of quality and quantity. This year the Swiss Netball U17 squad won the Netball Europe Challenge Cup. They played Gibraltar, Ireland and Northern Ireland playing controlled and professional netball, working excellently as a team on the court – the result 3 straight wins. Hop Suisse!
Swiss Netball has also seen 23 new umpires qualify so far this year which will really help to develop the game, at school and club level.
As well as the quality of netball rising in Switzerland the popularity of the game is also steadily growing since it was first introduced here in 2007. Netball is now played in a greater number of schools and there are a number of clubs for juniors and adults who would welcome new members.
If you are based in Geneva and looking for a social, team sport to play after work there are 3 adult clubs to choose from – Lancy, Meinier and Geneva International Netball (GIN). All train on Tuesday evenings and you can find out more information about these or other local clubs here. Everyone’s welcome; those new to netball as well as those looking to return to this great sport.
Lancy Netball for example will be starting again after the Easter holidays, on Tuesday 25th April at the new (summer) time of 19:00, we hope to see some of you there!
We are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland. If you would like to join the AIWC, please visit our website at http://www.aiwcgeneva.org/