And now for some news - sports teachers and pupils from all over the country are fully embracing the return of the 2020/21 School Sport Magazine National Schools U12, U13 and U15 Netball Cups.
It’s a similar picture for the inaugural 2020/21 School Sport Magazine National Schools U14 Rugby Union Cup which has been welcomed by rugby coaches.
And such has been the response to the news of all four events that entries have already reached the levels needed to meet the criteria for qualifying competitions for the exclusive top 100 sports schools of the year list.
Like the new rugby cup, the netball competitions will kick off in September and are open to all schools in England and Wales and will complement the excellent U14, U16 and U19 cups run by England Netball.
Netball sides from the north taking part include Ashville College, Bourne Grammar, Branston Community Academy, Crossley Heath School, Dame Allan’s Girls School, Fallibroome Academy, the Grammar School at Leeds, Goole Academy, Macmillan Academy, Red House School, Settle College, St John Fisher Catholic High School Harrogate, Teesside High School, Whitby High School, Wirral Grammar School for Girls and Woodhouse Grove.
Those in the Midlands consist of the likes of Bedford Girls, Berkhamsted, Brentwood School, Impington Village College, Norwich School, Oswestry School, Southend High School for Girls, Welland Park Academy and Woodbridge School.
South east and south west teams already include Bennett Memorial School, Croydon High School, Farmor’s School, Farnborough Hill School, Forest School, Gordon’s School, Guildford High School, Heathfield School, Howard of Effingham School, King’s College Taunton, Lingfield College, Notting Hill & Ealing School, Putney High School, Queen Anne’s School, Royal Russell School, Sevenoaks Schools, St Catherine’s School, St Helen & St Katharine’s School, Worth School and Wycombe High School.
The U14 rugby cup will complement the fantastic competitions run at U15 and U18 level by the RFU and the English Schools Rugby Association.
So far the spread of entries encompasses all parts of the country with several counties leading way including Surrey (eleven), Kent (seven), Yorkshire (six) and London (five).
But all regions will be represented from Plymouth College, Torquay Grammar, Mount Kelly and Truro School in the south west, King’s Macclesfield, Cheadle Hulme and Lymm High in the north west and Framlingham, Farlingaye, Woodbridge, Gresham’s, Norwich and Wymondham in East Anglia.
Places in all four competitions are still open and schools can enter by emailing [email protected]