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Netball back on court

By schoolsportmag2, Sep 2 2021 10:43AM

Schools all over the country are preparing to resume competitive netball after last season’s fixtures were devastated by coronavirus.

State and independent sides are looking forward to doing battle in the county rounds of England Netball’s premier U14, U16 and U19 competitions.

And they are especially keen to resume the fight in the School Sport Magazine National Schools U12, U13 and U15 Cups, which are returning after an absence of four years.

All six age-group competitions are qualifying tournaments for the prestigious top 200 sports schools of the year list.

And Sharron Lewis-Burke, head of netball at Streatham & Clapham High School, can’t wait to get going as courts reopen for business.

The London side face a trip to Croydon High School in the U15 first round and Sharron says: “I entered us into the School Sport Magazine National Schools Netball Cup because of the standard of the schools who entered previously.

“The level is of a very high standard which is perfect for our girls’ development. It also allows us to play against a wide range of schools who we would not ordinarily meet.”

Six of the seven previous winners of the competitions have entered this season including Bromsgrove School, Cheadle Hulme School, St Helen & St Katharine School, Berkhamsted School, Grange School and Brentwood School.