1933 All England Women's Net Ball Association magazine
In October 1933 Volume 1, Number 1 of The Official Magazine of the All England Women’s Net Ball Association, edited by Marjorie Polland was published. It makes really interesting reading with some wonderful phrases, some of which I have quoted below :
“we all recognise that Net Ball is a splendid, health-giving, happy game. We realise that it can bring out all the qualities of character we so admire – tolerance, even temper, determination, courage, and a rapid, ready response to any given situation. Realising all that, as well as knowing how the game brings health and strength, mental stamina, and a quick, keen eye – we must believe that it is the perfect game. So, let all our games give full value – get all we can from them, give all we can to them. Then later in life we shall realise that all the hours we have given, and all the effects we have made, have not been in vain, and our reward, if reward we need, will be a strong active body, a quick virile brain, and a host of friends that assures a welcome and a greeting wherever games players assemble”
Remember – this is 1933 – look how many people were playing Net Ball!
“Affiliations for the current season again show a marked advance. Three years ago, i.e. in the season of 1929-30 there were 374 affiliated clubs; in 1931-32 the number had more than doubled itself – the registered clubs in that year being 756. This year (1932-33) 1,103 clubs have joined the All England Association either individually or through league organisations representing approximately 43,071 players; an increase on last year of 347 clubs and over 8,000 players”
“Two new County Associations were also formed during the year – Derby and Cheshire” Other County Associations already in membership were Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, Middlesex, and London Business Houses and the Civil Service. “Buckinghamshire and Sussex were looking for anyone interested in net ball playing, umpiring, organising etc.”