A Different Way To Play

Low-key, fun, friendly, well organised and great structures.

Nathan, Docklands

The Play Festival was low-key, fun, friendly, well organised and great structures. Looking forward to many more.

The great thing about playing in the Play Festival is that it is fun, non-competitive and a chance to play in a different position.

Ann Wain, Box Hill

Ann Wain's thoughts on Rock Up Netball Play Festival - "Every game we play at our local netball associations are always so competitive and full on. The great thing about playing in the Play Festival is that it is fun, non-competitive and a chance to play in a different position. It's a chance to meet new players and play games without keeping score because the aim is to have fun in a relaxed, casual and friendly environment. So team.. Come along and try it. You might be surprised how many times you smile and laugh instead of complaining about the umpire decisions and your opponent!

I’ve just come back to netball after having my baby, and thought Rock Up Netball would help get my fitness back. Belinda, Pakenham

Belinda used to play a lot of mixed netball, but has been on the bench for a couple of years recovering from the delivery of her first child. Belinda participated in the free four-week pilot program in Pakenham and said she enjoyed the break from motherhood and her responsibilities.

I felt confident playing. Everyone was so nice and helpful

Monika, Werribee

I just enjoy holding the netball again

Jackie, Werribee

Jackie participated in Rock Up Netball at Werribee’s Eagle Stadium on Thursday 22 October. Jackie began playing netball in grade 5 but stopped when she moved to Melbourne to study. That was 28 years ago. The mother of three works full-time and finds that there isn’t enough time in the day to do both jobs effectively and squeeze in a workout. Jackie enjoyed holding a netball again and liked that the Rock Up Netball session was ‘very professional’.

It was nice to meet some new girls and it was just great staying fit in a fun environment.

Julie, Box Hill

Julie plays netball three times a week and wanted to join Rock Up Netball to complement her current training regime. Although ill health and injuries may sometimes stop Julie from exercising, she said it’s really important to be healthy and set a good example for her children.

I think Rock Up Netball is a good opportunity to ease myself back into more regular physical activity post-baby.

Emma, Flagstaff Gardens

Emma is the proud mother of one year old Sinaia and works as an EA and Project Manager. Emma thought that Rock Up Netball would be a great way to get active and sent a group email to everyone in the office asking if they were interested in joining the program. Emma and her colleagues enjoyed the convenience of participating, walking to Flagstaff Gardens during their lunchbreak and joining the program without paying a cent. Despite feeling a little sore after the first session, Emma continued to attend the weekly sessions and said; “It’s been just what I needed in terms of getting my self-esteem back.”

Rock Up Netball keeps you healthy, keeps you motivated and is something to look forward to.

Grace, Flagstaff Gardens

Grace said that Rock Up Netball was something she looked forward to each week. Grace used to play netball with a group of friends, but said that the team dissolved when everyone went their separate ways for study. After a two-year break, Grace is looking to join another netball team and is enjoying Rock Up Netball in the meantime as a way to build her strength and prepare for competition.

I thought it’d be something good to do during my lunch break… it’s just really good stress relief.

Lauren, Flagstaff Gardens

Lauren Agg has participated in the free, four-week program at Flagstaff Gardens. The 32 year old is a self-professed fitness fanatic and thought that Rock Up Netball would be a good way to ‘get the blood running’ and take her mind off work. Lauren enjoyed the way the coaches built up the activities from small drills to actual game play and thought it was a great lunch-time break.

Rock Up Netball taught me a lot about the game of netball and improved my overall skill level, which really boosted my confidence

Tayla, Flagstaff Gardens

Tayla said that Rock Up Netball improved her speed, agility, balance and coordination. The 21-year-old competed in the Mornington Peninsula Football Netball League Open A-Grade, but retired from her career early after sustaining a ruptured ACL and torn meniscus. Rock Up Netball sessions cater to the participants, so Tayla had no trouble stepping back onto the court again. Now that Tayla knows she can play netball without pain, she is more motivated than ever to get back in the game.

It is a great program that challenges your fitness levels, but you are able to enjoy the hour with friends/co-workers.

Danielle, Flagstaff Gardens

Dani joined Rock Up Netball at Flagstaff Gardens in preparation for her upcoming wedding. The soon-to-be bride enjoyed the flexibility of the program and said that she was able to attend the sessions that suited her. One of the things that Dani liked most about Rock Up Netball was the friendly environment; “Rock Up Netball allows you to spend time outside and have a laugh with co-workers and friends, so it was the perfect opportunity to do something I enjoy.

Whether you have been playing netball all of your life, or have never played before, Rock Up Netball is a program that everyone can enjoy and find beneficial.

Ellie, Flagstaff Gardens

Ellie started playing netball at the age of 9 and has since played in both social and representative competitions. The 27-year-old joined Rock Up Netball to practice her technique and has noticed an improvement in her skills on the court as a result. Ellie said that the program was accommodating to all fitness levels and commended the coaches for providing fun fitness activities.

Rock Up Netball gives you the opportunity to meet lots of nice people and have fun while exercising.

Hannah, Flagstaff Gardens

Hannah is involved in equestrian and competes in competitions throughout the state with her horse Phantom. She played netball from the age of 7-17, but stopped when the demands of equestrian required her full commitment. The flexibility of Rock Up Netball has enabled Hannah to begin playing netball again, without compromising her equestrian. Hannah has found that Rock Up Netball has actually improved her performance in equestrian. She feels healthier, happier and has loads of energy

The Rock Up Netball coaches certainly have some great tips and it’s definitely helped my game.

Gemma, Pakenham

Gemma joined Rock Up Netball in Pakenham, with daughter Charlie cheering from the bench. Gemma said that having an active lifestyle was something that was important to her and noted that she leads by example, encouraging her children to be happy and healthy. The program is affordable and flexible, which appealed to Gemma and enabled her to attend sessions despite her busy routine.

I’m a mum of two toddlers and haven’t been doing much exercise, so I’m just getting back into it

Lauren, Pakenham

Lauren woke up, served breakfast and took her two toddlers to day care before coming to the Rock Up Netball session in Pakenham. Lauren played netball growing up, but stopped when she had children. She said that Rock Up Netball was helping her get back into the game by improving her technique and her fitness.

It’s a lot of fun and you get to meet new people, and just manage to keep fit while having fun at the same time.

Sharyn, Pakenham

Sharyn saw Rock Up Netball advertised at her local YMCA in Pakenham. The mother of five decided to register in an effort to keep up with the kids. Sharyn said it was important for her to be a good role model for her children, teaching them the importance of leading an active lifestyle. Sharyn played netball in high school and has been competing in her local senior league for the last few years, but enjoyed practicing skills and perfecting her technique with Rock Up Netball.

Allowed me to meet new people and develop new skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Sabrina, Keilor

Rock Up Netball gave me the opportunity to meet new people and have the courage to give new things a go without feeling embarrassed or pressured. I was able to learn and develop new skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. I attended Rock Up Netball as I wanted to try something different and get fit in a netball based environment as I love the game and am not a gym person. I would recommend Rock Up Netball to others as it is a fun and relaxed session which is taught for all abilities and ages. The coaches are all highly accredited and very patient but they also make sessions very enjoyable. I was able to always walk away learning something new or developing and correcting my skills.

Rock Up Netball has given me more confidence.

Donna, Wycheproof

Donna joined Rock Up Netball with a friend and has really enjoyed meeting and playing with new people.

If anyone is wanting a bunch of laughs and to meet new people check out Rock Up Netball! The Play Festival music was pumping and all girls and guys were amazing and fun.

Kimberly, Docklands

Kimberly play's netball four times a week but was excited about the oppourtunity to play alongside new people in a fun and social netball tournament.

Train sessions were offered in Keilor, where women learnt how to play netball in a fun and welcoming environment. Once they felt comfortable they formed a team. Good work to the ladies who even played in finals!

Rock Up Netball Keilor

Rock Up Netball Train sessions were offered in Keilor, where women could learn how to play netball in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Some women had never played before or had been out of the game for 10+ years. Once they felt comfortable and developed their skills they then formed a team in the social competition. Good work to the ladies who even played in finals!

The ladies who attended Rock Up Netball Train sessions learnt how to play and then formed a team in the local social competition.

Darebin Rock Up Netball

The ladies who attended Rock Up Netball Train sessions were able to learn how to play and improve on current skills. The participants then felt comfortable to play and formed a team together for the Wednesday Night Social Competition at Darebin Netball Association!

Play Festival is a great event for Corporates, as its a great way to get out of the office and a good team building activity that's lots of fun.

RACV, Docklands

RACV entered a team to the Rock Up Netball Play Festival at the Docklands. They were able to get involved in a fun, social and active event.

200 young migrants learnt how to play netball at the Netball Gala Day

200 young migrants were involved with the Rock Up Netball Play Festival at the Netball Victoria Gala Day! Over the program, newly arrived migrants (AEMS) are taught how to play and then come along as one and play!

The round robin netball style tournament was a great way to meet new people and socialise on court

Docklands Play Festival

The Rock Up Netball Play Festival was a huge success! It was great to see so many teams get involved, including corporate organisations, netball teams and social circles.

Fun and social netball at it's best!

Play Festival, Docklands

Mixed Competitions available in a fun and social setting.

Play Festival, Docklands

Rock Up Netball is the perfect setting to play netball in a flexible and comfortable environment.

Play Festival, Box Hill

I try and keep myself active as an example for them [my children] to also do the same thing.

Pamela, Box Hill

Pamela stopped playing netball when she was 11 years old, but decided to take it up again when she turned 40 and experience the camaraderie of a team again. A mother of four young children, Pamela said that her three daughters saw her playing netball and have since joined local teams.

The coaching is fantastic and the atmosphere is really, really easy-going and friendly.

Pete, Box Hill

Pete has two young sons who are obsessed with sport; football, cricket, basketball and netball in particular. She likes to stay fit and active to keep up with them since ‘they’re pretty young and pretty fast’. Pete’s sport of choice is netball. One of the best things about Rock Up Netball in Pete’s opinion is that everyone is incredibly friendly, even if a lot of people that go appear to know each other and play a lot of netball.

I’ve made such a wonderful group of friends and I don’t know what I’d do without them. They’ve made me get up out of bed in the mornings to play netball.

Anne, Box Hill

Anne started playing netball to meet new people and encourages other women her age to do the same. One of her favourite things about the Rock Up Netball pilot sessions in Box Hill was that they went back to basics for anyone without formal training, but also challenged participants who had played netball for years. Anne admitted that she needed an exercise buddy to encourage her to keep active and therefore enjoyed the social aspect of Rock Up Netball.

Its heaps of fun and you don’t have to be of a high standard. You can be an elite athlete to play, but you can also be a beginner.

Ness, Box Hill

Ness was diagnosed with post-natal depression in her early 30’s and said that a friend suggested joining a sport. Being able to express her emotions on the court with the support of other women has been a game changer for Ness who says she has never felt better. Ness enjoys both the social and technical elements of netball and coaches her children’s netball team, teaching netball techniques whilst encouraging teamwork and friendship.

I think women, when they get to a certain age, get worried about trying new things… But don’t give up, come along! Just give it a crack.

Lissy, Box Hill

Lissy is training to be a Pilates instructor and finds that playing netball is complementary to her interest in the flexibility, strength and endurance of the human body. Lissy prefers team sports and finds that going to the gym is often very insular. Exercising with a group of people gives you the benefits of working out whilst also enabling you to meet new people and make friends.


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