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Netball is derived from basketball. It's now the most popular women's participation sport. As in basketball the game is played on a hard court with scoring rings at both ends, where players score by netting the netball. There are seven players on each team. All have named positions on the court such as wing defence or centre. The netball hoops are smaller and lower than those used in basketball and there are no backboards. The netball court is divided into thirds which regulate where players in each team can move, and two semi-circular 'shooting circles' at each end. This is where all scoring shots must be taken.
Many girls, and now increasingly boys too, enjoy netball at school. Many women have great fun coming back to netball often years after they have left school or college. There are community clubs and teams across the country. Netball courts can be found in sports and leisure centres as well as in play grounds and parks.
England Netball is the national governing body. Its website contains useful information on how to play and where to play. Clubs across the country welcome new members to play for fun or to compete in leagues.
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