On the 23rd March The Clere School Year 11 netball team travelled to Liddington to compete in a PGL netball tournament weekend netball tournament, officiated by England Netball and played on courts built to England Netball standards. The team secured 3rd place at the end of a weekend of intensive match experience, competing against a number of other schools, including grammar schools and schools that were much larger in size than The Clere.
“Third place – what a fantastic achievement!” says PE teacher, Corinne King. “The standard of netball at these weekends is on another level and the girls were determined to get into the top three. These girls have put everything into their netball at The Clere over the last five years. They train hard after school and want to get better and learn new things all the time. They are passionate and determined and are role models to the younger pupils at the school. “
“We competed against schools that were not local to us, mostly grammar schools, which were about three times the size of our school, therefore we knew it would be a hard tournament!” says Year 11 netball team captain Abbie Mills. “Considering we come from a small rural school, and took only seven players this is such a huge achievement and we are all very proud. We have all worked so hard over the past five years and the team has improved so much since first playing netball in Year 7. Everyone on the team has such an amazing friendship and we will miss playing together when we all go to college in September.”
The tournament is a great way of developing teamwork, fitness and enthusiasm for the sport.
The Clere School is very proud of the girls’ success and wishes them the very best of luck for the netball try-outs at their chosen colleges in September.