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Yes, scuba diving is one of the most mesmerising adventure pursuits out there. But just how do you make the most of it? Marine biologist Dr John Reuben, who has racked up over 500 hours of scuba diving in expeditions across the world, has the answers.

Replace grunting with laughter, pain with fun and lifting with bouncing – welcome to the bounce revolution.

There’s something to the bounce craze that has really, ahem, taken off. Here are 10 reasons why hitting the trampoline is even better than the gym and why doing it will make you fitter for any sport.

You know how they say two minds are better than one? Well, the same can be said for fitness classes, too.

After all, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut by going to the same old classes or doing the same routine and allowing things to get stale. So then, try one of these classes fusing various disciplines and ideas into one.

Tracey Neville hopes revolutionary Nike deal can inspire England (Sky Sports)

A multi-year deal with Nike is undoubtedly the most high profile for England Netball and Tracey Neville tells Sky Sports how it will impact the netball world on a global scale.

Find out what went down when 72 teams battled it out in the most ferocious form of netball to hit the Copper Box Arena.

Mavericks sign Beth Ecuyer-Dale and Dani McFarlane (Sky Sports)

Beth Ecuyer-Dale and Dani McFarlane link up with the black and purple for 2019 to complete their powerful midcourt.

Maryka Holtzhausen on shining in a galaxy of Stars (Sky Sports)

Maryka Holtzhausen tells Sky Sports this could be Severn Stars' year. The South African import is expecting the most exciting Superleague season yet, and feels the Midlands franchise will be making an impact in 2019.

Cat Tuvaiti explains decision to move to Superleague with Sirens (Sky Sports)

Cat Tuivaiti is a world-class goal shooter, with 24 Tests for New Zealand and 30 Tests for Samoa, now she's bringing her talent to the Vitality Superleague and she tells Sky Sports she can't wait to get started.

Karen Greig: Manchester Thunder to step up in 2019 (Sky Sports)

Karen Greig tells Sky Sports about her squad for the 2019 season and why this could be Manchester Thunder's year.

Tracey Neville reflects on a year of success on and off the netball court (Sky Sports)

After winning Commonwealth gold and claiming the Sportswomen Team of the Year award, Tracey Neville feels increased investment is the ultimate reward for England Netball.

England's journey to netball Commonwealth Games gold (Sky Sports)

The Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards are in their 31st year and, on Thursday, England Netball could win Team of the Year. In light of their nomination, Tamsin Greenway, Pamela Cookey and Serena Guthrie tell Sky Sports about the journey to Commonwealth Games gold and what winning the award would mean.

England netball star George Fisher 'surprised' by Jamaica selection ahead of Test series (Sky Sports)

George Fisher was surprised to have the call up to the England squad for their three-match Test series against Jamaica which kicks off on Friday.

Fast5 All-Stars championship: Favourite rule changes (Sky Sports)

Whether it's the opportunity to shoot outside of the circle in the three or five-point zone, press the golden buzzer for 120 seconds of doubling your points, or tagging on and off with rolling substitutions - British Fast5 All-Stars championship is a world apart from traditional netball.

World Mental Health Day: Sharni Layton (Sky Sports)

One of netball's greats dealt with mental health issues last year. On World Mental Health Day, Sharni Layton tells Sky Sports why we need to remove the stigma.

Sharni Layton returns to the netball court to say farewell (Sky Sports)

Sharni Layton is the name that became synonymous with netball. She has a personality and voice that became bigger than it. She’s an Australian defender who was named international player of the year in 2016 and 2017, a double world champion and Commonwealth Games gold medalist. Her charisma and glittering career earned her a loyal fanbase known as the 'Sharni Army', making her retirement from international and domestic netball in July a bitter pill for fans to swallow.

George Fisher on why she's going home to benecos Mavericks (Sky Sports)

Moving back to Mavericks is a move George Fisher made with heart and head. It’s the place where she learnt her netball and it will also bring her closer to the University of Hertfordshire where she is doing a degree in Sports Studies.

England lost 52-47 to Australia in their first rematch since the Commonwealth Games final in April.

The Roses suffered against a fierce Diamonds side at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in New South Wales, 157 days after their Commonwealth Games victory.

Sara Bayman, Tamsin Greenway and Karen Greig give us their expert opinions on which players to look out for from England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa on the eve of the Quad Series.

We are used to seeing her on the court but former England player Sara Bayman is moving into the coaching ranks and, as she tells Sky Sports, her first steps into ruling the roost, and not just the court, have been an eye opening experience.

Lucy Harris has moved from one Midlands franchise to another after departing Superleague champions Wasps for Severn Stars.

Shooting-sensation Kathryn Turner will be looking to continue her Manchester Thunder legacy alongside up-and-coming mid-courter Amy Carter, after the pair were confirmed as the franchise's latest recruits for 2019.

Sirens Netball have signed Australian U21 player Gia Abernethy and announced the return of captain Claire Maxwell for the upcoming season.

For the first time England enter the Quad Series ranked higher than ever before. They'll face Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as preparation for the World Cup step up.

Netball icon Tamsin Greenway gives us her top tips on how to make yourself an all-rounder. Ahead of Red Bull Switch Up, which will grace London's Copperbox Arena on 17 November, we asked Tamsin to give her advice on how to improve every part of your game.

Traditional seven-a-side netball may not be for everyone, but there are loads of different forms of the sport that might just give you the challenge you’re after. 

Why netball is clearly better than basketball (Red Bull)

Line the players up side by side and they might all be tall and boast pinpoint accuracy, but their games are worlds apart. Netball focuses on an entire squad, not one superstar, and that’s just one of the reasons why – whether you’re playing or watching – professional and amateur netball players think its the better sport.

Which netball position should you play? (Red Bull)

Are you a superstar shooter, masterful mid-courter or dogged defender? If you don’t know your calling on the court yet, we’re here to break it down for you. And even if you think you’ve got your netball position nailed, maybe you’ll be inspired to put on a different bib the next time you play.

8 things only netball players will understand (Red Bull)

If you’re part of the inner circle that hash it out on the netball court every week, you’ll know that some people don’t quite get the game, let alone the inside tricks and unspoken rules that dominate the sport. So let’s intercept those misconceptions and laugh at the unique things that only netball has to offer.

England prepare for Australia in Commonwealth Games final showdown (England Netball)

The Roses will take part in their first ever Commonwealth Games final against the Australian Diamonds on Sunday.

Their historic victory against Jamaica this morning means England will be leaving the Gold Coast Games with at least silver medals around their necks. Like England, the Diamonds are yet to concede a single match in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

England set for semi-final against Jamaica (England Netball)

England will take on Jamaica in a blockbuster match in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games on Saturday morning. The history between third and fourth in the world is speckled with emotional wins and losses for both sides. Many will be thinking back to the 2014 Commonwealth Games semi-final, where the Roses left Glasgow without a medal after a shock loss to the Sunshine Girls. However, this time, 'it's different' says shooting sensation Helen Housby. 

England’s Commonwealth Games journey (England Netball)

It’s been much anticipated, and the first week of netball at the Commonwealth Games hasn’t disappointed. We’ve seen 34 gripping matches where bodies have been put on the line, every emotion laid out on the court and never-before-seen results. Let's relive the Roses journey so far...

GC2018: England vs Uganda preview (England Netball)

The Roses have kicked off their Commonwealth Games campaign with the ideal start after securing two victories from two, against Scotland and Malawi. On Sunday morning, they’ll take on Uganda in what’s expected to be another highly physical match. Natalie Haythorthwaite and Kadeen Corbin tell us their expectations for their third game. 

GC2018: England v Scotland preview (England Netball)

England begin their Commonwealth Games campaign on Thursday morning when they take on the Scottish Thistles. Hear from Roses captain Ama Agbeze and defender Eboni Beckford-Chambers about their expectations for the opening game. 

Team England, the athlete’s village and medal hopes (England Netball)

During the Commonwealth Games the 12-strong squad that make the England Roses form a wider team – Team England. When Team England took part in the very first Games in Hamilton back in 1930, England topped the table with 25 gold medals. Eboni Beckford-Chambers and Beth Cobden reflect on what it means to be part of this historic group of athletes, where they hope to add to the medal tally.

Geva and Jodie: fifth and first Commonwealth Games (England Netball)

To be selected to represent your country for the Commonwealth Games is no small feat. Whether it’s a momentous fifth Games as it is for star defender Geva Mentor, or your first like it is for Jodie Gibson, the excitement and sense of honour never fades. Hear what they have to say about being on the Gold Coast. 

7 netball players to look out for at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (Red Bull)

As the only multi-sport event where netball is showcased, the Commonwealth Games is a big deal for netballers and supporters alike. Seventy nations and territories will flock to Australia’s Gold Coast for the 2018 Games, with 6,600 athletes set to compete across 23 sports when the tournament kicks off on April 4. 

5 of the best ways to start playing netball (Red Bull)

Netball has never been more popular, with record levels of participation across the UK. Hundreds of thousands of players unleash their competitive side and take to the court week in, week out. If you’re interested in being one of them, but don’t know where to start, we’ll point you in the right direction.

England Netball Digital Magazine, Autumn 2016

This digital magazine covers highlights of the inaugural Quad Series, fitness videos with England Netball attacker, Sasha Corbin, and discusses the initiative between England Netball, England Hockey and England Cricket to promote women's sport. 

England Netball October 2016 E-News

This E-Newsletter will give you practical tips on how to improve your footwork on court as well as keeping you up-to-date with all netball news, including the U21 success at the European Championships.

England Netball September 2016 E-News

This September E-News invites you into a new netball year and covers some insightful facts about how important sleep is in sport!

England Netball August 2016 E-News

This E-News will show you how to better your balance with our fitness piece. Plus, try the tastes of Rio for the Olympics. 

#RoadtoRio The Real Superhumans: Hannah Cockroft

Paralympic superstar and wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft spoke to me at Channel 4s launch of the Superhumans, ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Find out what inspires her and how she thinks Channel 4 have changed the face of the Paralympics. 

England Netball July 2016 E-News

Find out more about the announcement that the Superleague is expanding from eight to 10 teams. 

Team Up for women's sport

Find out how women's sport is on the up thanks to the Team Up initiative. I spoke to Sally Munday, CEO of England Hockey, Charlotte Edwards (former England Cricket captain), England Netball player, Sasha Corbin as well as Hockey hero, Alex Danson about how to get more girls playing sport. 

Rugby 7’s: Brian O’Driscoll and George Gregan on the Women’s game

Read my exclusive interview with legendary rugby players Brian O'Driscoll and George Gregan on rugby 7s ahead of its inclusion in the Olympic Games. 

England Netball June 2016 E-News

Find out more about the Big Summer of Netball and the first ever full-time programme for the England Netball players. 

England Netball May 2016 E-News

Find out who won the biggest Netball Superleague season yet and read about the benefits of plyometrics for netballers. 

England Netball Spring 2016 print magazine - digitally

This online version of the Spring 2016 magazine has so much; from a TRX fitness feature to why you should try Nets, the newest version of netball, and highlights of the latest international test series. The fitness piece saw me getting turned into a gif while trying out this new TRX fitness trend. 

England Netball April 2016 E-News

In this E-News, read about how skipping can help with your fitness and get inspired by unusual toast toppings. 

Celebrating International Women's Day

See my top pick of female athletes from 2015-16 to celebrate International Women's Day! 

England Netball March 2016 E-News

Check out highlights from the 90-hour netballathon which helped England Netball raise money for Sport Relief on its 90th anniversary. As well as this, find out how rebounding can get you into shape! 

2XU Review

Is compression gear merely a fad or can they help to get rid of DOMS? Read my review of compression-brand 2XU to find out. 

England Netball February 2016 E-News

Read about the success of the first ever netball month only a few weeks earlier and check out the fitness feature for ideas on how to train in twos! 

Six months to Rio: Pole Vaulter, Holly Bradshaw

Britain's best female pole-vaulter, Holly Bradshaw tells me how she is preparing for the Rio Olympics.

Netball Ireland play SSS

Netball Ireland Head Coach, Joan Young speaks to me about the challenges of developing a sport in a country which gives it no funding. 

Meet inspirational dual-international athlete Marnie Wills

Dual international athlete Marnie Wills tells me how she balances her sporting commitments alongside running her own businesses. 

England Netball January 2016 E-News

Find out what netball month entails for the new year and try some delicious juice recipes!

Class test: The Cut at Equinox

Read my review of new fitness class, The Cut, at Equinox gyms. 

England Netball December 2015 E-News

This newsletter looks ahead to netball in 2016 as well as giving you festive tips - from making your own gingerbread netball court to festive fitness drills on the court. 

Sportsister loves: Bellum Active

Read my review of new sportswear brand, Bellum Active. 

England Netball Winter 2015 print magazine - digitally

Read my exclusive interviews with international players who announced their retirement from the sport and check out my fitness feature on the benefits of using resistance bands as part of your fitness training. 

England Netball November 2015 E-News

Read tips on how to stay seen during your outdoor winter training and read our exclusive Behiind the Bib interview with up and coming player, Lydia Walker. 

Jess Ennis-Hill: “Be who you are”

I interview sporting legend Jessica Ennis-Hill about her comeback and World Championship gold as well as the importance of having confidence in sport. 

England Netball October 2015 E-News

Find out who won what at the Goalden Globe Awards and learn how to improve your passing with England player, Sasha Corbin.

Sky Academy launch confidence campaign

I speak with British boxer, Savannah Marshall and speed skater Elise Christie about Sky Academy and the importance in having confidence in sports. 

England Netball Autumn 2015 Digital-magazine

See highlights from the Netball World Cup and learn about the history of netball ahead of England Netball's 90th anniversary. Plus, how strength and conditioning can make you a better netballer. 

Sportsister Brooks Review

I review Brooks FW15 line as Sportsister celebrates Running Week.

Sportsister tries Stand Up Paddling

I try out the fastest growing water sport in the UK, Stand Up Paddling. Read the article to find out what I think!

Raising the Barre

I try out new class at Virgin Active, Barre: a mixture of pilates and ballet. Click on the link to read the full review. 

Netball World Cup: Latest results

Read my review of the latest matches in the Netball World Cup. 

Whole Earth launch new home work out

Jackie and Mark Wren (the people behind Davina McCall's fitness video) launch their own fitness videos in association with Whole Earth Foods at Pineapple Studios. 

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