London Sport’s Sitting Netball programme uses the power of sport to engage and bring about positive change in the mental wellbeing of elderly care home residents.
London Sport’s Sitting Netball programme is a static, simpler version of the original game that takes place in residential care homes. Practising basic ball skills, residents take it in turns to shoot the ball into the hoop. The activity can be adjusted to meet the residents’ needs.
London Sport supported the development of the Sitting Netball programme because sport and physical activity provided increased social and community participation to older adults – a group that traditionally enjoy less access to the range of benefits provided by physical activity and sport, including enhanced physical wellbeing and mental health.
Following an eight-week programme in elderly care homes in two London Local Authority areas (Harrow and Barnet), the results from the programme can be found above in the infographic.
London Sport is continuing to deliver the Sitting Netball programme in all homes which took part in the pilot, as well as being introduced to new homes in more boroughs. More information on the programme can be found here;