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Netball In Northern Ireland

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Netball In Northern Ireland netball is the second most popular sport for women. The Netball governing body for Northern Ireland is the Northern Ireland Netball association which is situated in the house of sport in Belfast. The major competition for elite netball players is the commonwealth games where 12 nations take part and compete in a round-robin tournament. Netball starts for children around the age of 7 at primary school when they begin to learn skills, develop teams and play in P.E. There is a form of netball called "high 5 netball" that is aimed at 9-11 year olds. High five netball is slightly different to the full seven-a-side game. It's a great way to learn all the on-court positions and will give you a grasp of the physical and tactical skills required. The game is played between two teams of five players, over a period of four six-minute quarters. Teams can rotate their squads during a match, but if you're not playing, non-playing squad members take on the roles of time-keeper, scorer, umpire and centre pass marker. This means they get to learn the game from every possible angle. ...read more.

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They could be international or national for example Vi-Sport (an internal competition for the different areas in Northern Ireland) hold trials. You can still compete at all ages in netball (see Appendix 1). The Development squads are there to give more people the chance to experience international netball at a lower level. The International age levels do not go beyond the U21's but the open squad caters for all ages. The open squad for Northern Ireland is a squad that is based entirely on ability and age does not matter. When you retire from playing Netball there are certain opportunities as a coach, umpire, selector, club official or a spectator. Individual clubs are organised by their members, the coaches and the club referees, there is also always a club treasurer to organise the funds. Clubs can raise funds in many ways. Many clubs charge a membership fee, with different rates for children. Other clubs also charge a match fee which goes into a club kitty for the court hire and transport for teams. Schools and clubs have to raise their own funds but money is supplied from the government for international level netball. ...read more.

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EDNA is looking to improve access and support for deaf players with their local hearing clubs. EDNA has also recently established a national team of deaf netball players. In Northern Ireland there isn't a lot of funding that goes towards disabled participation in Netball. There is funding for all sports but because netball here is single sex and a minority we unfortunately do not see too much of that money. The only point at which netball is funded here is at international level. A major weakness in the provision of netball is the lack of disabled participation in Northern Ireland, and also if there were more funding in netball there would be a wider range of participants. Furthermore there is a major weakness for the popularity of netball in the fact that there is next to no media coverage in Northern Ireland. However there are strengths in that everyone has a fair chance to play at international and national levels, and that in this country there are many different clubs to choose from. This could also be a disadvantage to those living in remote areas as there is a concentration of clubs in the Belfast Area. ...read more.

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