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Hi all,

I'm a 3rd year Uni student and will be leaving Uni in a few months. I'm female and turn 22 this weekend. I've played netball regularly since I was 10 (but have had enough of it now for a while) and I'm fairly sporty so would quite like something new and active to keep me occupied. Do any of you have any suggestions of something you do that you love? I'd like it to be a way of meeting new people too.

Thank you
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Why don't you upgrade from netball to basketball eh? The "real" net sport I kid kid.

Lacrosse could be good? Athletics if your good you get to go to all the meets and such.

I would suggest American football since thats what i like but not sure they have that for girls. Might have Flag Football which is great for beginners though?
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Why don't you upgrade from netball to basketball eh? The "real" net sport I kid kid.

Lacrosse could be good? Athletics if your good you get to go to all the meets and such.

I would suggest American football since thats what i like but not sure they have that for girls. Might have Flag Football which is great for beginners though?
Ive thought about lacrosse before, it looks good fun...will be strange starting something as a beginner again. I'd hate to betray netball for basketball!! Haha thanks for your reply.
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Ive thought about lacrosse before, it looks good fun...will be strange starting something as a beginner again. I'd hate to betray netball for basketball!! Haha thanks for your reply.
Yeah it is good fun! Give it a go

Don't think of it as betraying, think of it as an upgrade

No problem there's lots of sports you could do and make new friends
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try weight lifting
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Try rowing.

Your uni might have a team to join so you learn the basics, then when you leave it is really easy to continue as long as you live not too far from a stretch of water as there will no doubt be a boat club there.

It is one of the best sports you can do for all round conditioning and nothing replaces the adrenaline of racing!

Go for it!
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(Original post by Ed3003)
Hi all,

I'm a 3rd year Uni student and will be leaving Uni in a few months. I'm female and turn 22 this weekend. I've played netball regularly since I was 10 (but have had enough of it now for a while) and I'm fairly sporty so would quite like something new and active to keep me occupied. Do any of you have any suggestions of something you do that you love? I'd like it to be a way of meeting new people too.

Thank you
Rock Climbing.

It's physical, hard work, builds up great core and upper body strength, and is a sport where you can always push yourself harder, there are always routes that are too difficult for you and so there is a never ending challenge of trying to improve to conquer a route that has previously beaten you.

There are climbing centres all over the country, they all run beginner courses, and once you've done that you'll have no problem at all finding a climbing partner. It's one of the friendliest communities I know, personally I've made a fair few good friends just from chatting to random people while climbing, almost everybody is happy to stop what they are doing and give you some assistance if you're stuck on a problem, and everybody just sort of gets on with everybody else.

Even if you don't take it up it's worth giving it a go.
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Try rowing.

Your uni might have a team to join so you learn the basics, then when you leave it is really easy to continue as long as you live not too far from a stretch of water as there will no doubt be a boat club there.

It is one of the best sports you can do for all round conditioning and nothing replaces the adrenaline of racing!

Go for it!
Firstly, the OP said she's leaving Uni in a few months, so joining a Uni rowing club wouldn't really be an option.

Secondly, my personal experience with rowing is that while it is fantastic for building up your fitness, if you can't commit to 4 or more training sessions per week then you're looked down on by everybody else. At my last Uni I joined the rowing club, not wanting to be competitive, but joining their "social team" which was plugged as a group of people who didn't want to compete but wanted to just do a couple of training sessions a week. Well, before the end of the first term about 90% of the freshers who joined the social section had quit, not because we didn't like the sport, but because we were constantly treated like crap by the squad guys because we weren't "proper rowers".

Not trying to say it's a bad sport, but if you can't train seriously, several times a week, then you simply won't fit in to most rowing clubs.
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Firstly, the OP said she's leaving Uni in a few months, so joining a Uni rowing club wouldn't really be an option.

Secondly, my personal experience with rowing is that while it is fantastic for building up your fitness, if you can't commit to 4 or more training sessions per week then you're looked down on by everybody else. At my last Uni I joined the rowing club, not wanting to be competitive, but joining their "social team" which was plugged as a group of people who didn't want to compete but wanted to just do a couple of training sessions a week. Well, before the end of the first term about 90% of the freshers who joined the social section had quit, not because we didn't like the sport, but because we were constantly treated like crap by the squad guys because we weren't "proper rowers".

Not trying to say it's a bad sport, but if you can't train seriously, several times a week, then you simply won't fit in to most rowing clubs.


This is so true. At my uni even the social club are expected to train rowing 3 times a week plus early morning swim once a week and a group gym session once a week. So you're looking at 5x a week for the 'social' rowing...

Did you specifically want a sport OP? I used to play netball too and it's weird starting a new one not being very good at it when you're good at netball and have been for years. If you're looking at fitness stuff though maybe try going to Zumba? So much fun and quite a good workout, I've heard people say they don't think it's high intensity but I really think you get out of it what you put in. Maybe some kind of exercise which isn't necessarily a sport would be good like Zumba, yoga, pilates etc?
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Thanks for your input everyone, I'm looking for something sociable really that I can do two or three times a week to keep me fit. Rock climbing sounds a good idea
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This is so true. At my uni even the social club are expected to train rowing 3 times a week plus early morning swim once a week and a group gym session once a week. So you're looking at 5x a week for the 'social' rowing...

Did you specifically want a sport OP? I used to play netball too and it's weird starting a new one not being very good at it when you're good at netball and have been for years. If you're looking at fitness stuff though maybe try going to Zumba? So much fun and quite a good workout, I've heard people say they don't think it's high intensity but I really think you get out of it what you put in. Maybe some kind of exercise which isn't necessarily a sport would be good like Zumba, yoga, pilates etc?
I've done Zumba a couple of times but it wasn't really for me, I like the competitive side of sport I think!
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Thanks for your input everyone, I'm looking for something sociable really that I can do two or three times a week to keep me fit. Rock climbing sounds a good idea
Only warning I do have is that it can be seriously addictive!

I started out in November (I used to climb but I hadn't for 7 years) and was going once a week, but since Christmas I had been going more and more and it's now at the stage where I find myself down at the climbing centre at least 3 times a week, I've been off in other cities climbing for 4 of the last 5 weekends, and it's getting a bit daft now! If it hooks you then you're in big trouble!
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Only warning I do have is that it can be seriously addictive!

I started out in November (I used to climb but I hadn't for 7 years) and was going once a week, but since Christmas I had been going more and more and it's now at the stage where I find myself down at the climbing centre at least 3 times a week, I've been off in other cities climbing for 4 of the last 5 weekends, and it's getting a bit daft now! If it hooks you then you're in big trouble!
I think that's a good thing though, I'll definitely look into it
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Depends how much money you have, I love horse riding but I'm employed full time and even then it's a stretch! Pole dancing, ice skating, karate, burlesque and squash are other stuff I do, all good for socialising except for squash.
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Hi all,

I'm a 3rd year Uni student and will be leaving Uni in a few months. I'm female and turn 22 this weekend. I've played netball regularly since I was 10 (but have had enough of it now for a while) and I'm fairly sporty so would quite like something new and active to keep me occupied. Do any of you have any suggestions of something you do that you love? I'd like it to be a way of meeting new people too.

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I think that's a good thing though, I'll definitely look into it
skydiving?

you do a course then its like £25-35 a jump imo, i dont do it but will do soon
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I've recently started cycling to build up my fitness since I had to stop running because of an injury. It's really good fun and I tend to always ride with someone so it's sociable too. I'm not very good yet, and I'll never be mega fast on the road because I've got a hybrid bike, but I'm really looking forward to the other half getting a mountain bike so we can ride the forest trails near us. Best thing is, once you've got a bike it's free


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Gallon smashing. (check youtube)
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You could also try sailing, most people think it's just people drifting around a pond, they couldn't me more wrong, just google 18foot skiffs!
you don't have to race at first but once you get the hang of it all you'll want to do is race, like in the Olympics. You don't have to buy your own boat either, you can always crew somebody else's boat, one of the best ways to learn...
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Hi all,

I'm a 3rd year Uni student and will be leaving Uni in a few months. I'm female and turn 22 this weekend. I've played netball regularly since I was 10 (but have had enough of it now for a while) and I'm fairly sporty so would quite like something new and active to keep me occupied. Do any of you have any suggestions of something you do that you love? I'd like it to be a way of meeting new people too.

Thank you
Get into a Trading Card Game (Magic/Pokemon/Yu-gi-Oh), it is very competitive.....or Cosplay, something that has a large interest, social gatherings......
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