England Netball is hoping for a major birthday present to celebrate its 90th year by smashing its way into the Guinness World Records book with a marathon exhibition match.
All netball teams are being invited to take part in the challenge and play their part in a record-breaking netball match lasting an incredible 90 hours.
England Netball and Sport Relief have joined forces in the bid to break the world record and raise cash for a good cause at the same time.
The 90-hour netball match is being held in Whitechapel, London from Friday February 12th to Monday February 15th. Teams are invited to take to the courts for a one-hour exhibition game.
Some of the biggest names in the world of netball, past and present, will be taking part; which means netballers have the chance to compete against some of the finest ambassadors for their sport.
Clare Balding supports netball challenge: Presenter, writer and broadcaster Clare Balding is supporting the challenge and urged everyone to get behind the attempt to stage the world’s biggest ever netball match to earn their place in the Guinness World Records hall of fame.
All teams of all abilities are invited to join in the record-breaking 90th birthday party for England Netball, including performance clubs, office teams, mixed sides and over-50s.
Participating teams can donate to Sport Relief. Out of the money raised, 50% goes towards transforming lives in the UK and 50% helps the world’s poorest communities.
Netball exercises the mind and body: Netball is a fun team sport that is great for keeping both the mind and body active. It is played by thousands of people each week, either for fun or in competitive leagues. Through playing games and taking part in netball drills to improve techniques in all areas of the game, participants are learning new skills to sharpen the brain. You can find out more about drills and techniques on sites such as www.sportplan.net.
England Netball set up the Back to Netball initiative across England in 2010 to encourage more people to take up the sport. It says more than 60,000 people have taken up the challenge, with benefits ranging from losing weight to improving the cardiovascular system and toning muscles.
The world record challenge is another high-profile event to encourage more people to return to the game.