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By schoolsportmag2, Sep 3 2021 09:17AM

Four schools are set for an Autumn shoot-out to decide the best girls’ U15 cricket team in the country.

Two new sides will join two returning teams in a fantastic finals’ days at Merchant Taylor’s School in Middlesex next Monday after an exciting summer of competition.

Bristol’s Clifton College will play Shrewsbury School while Ipswich School will take on Reigate Grammar in the semi-finals on two adjacent pitches at the top-class venue followed by a final and third-place play-off.

(For full reports on schools' cricket, check out the new edition of School Sport Magazine out next week)

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.

By schoolsportmag2, Aug 9 2021 02:10PM

Children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust has announced the return of The School Games National Finals, the UK’s biggest youth multi-sport event, next month after a three-year hiatus.

One thousand three hundred young athletes will return to the four-day finals on September 2 at Loughborough University.

Young people will compete in ten sports across the event, four of which include disability competition - athletics, BMX, cycling, triathlon, hockey, netball, laser run, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and girls’ cricket.

The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics GB squad features more than 80 School Games National finals alumni, including Adam Peaty, Dina Asher-Smith, Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

Will Roberts, chief operating officer of the Youth Sport Trust, said: “It has been a huge achievement by all involved to see the return of this year’s School Games National Finals and I am incredibly proud of the innovation that has happened to ensure a generation of talented young people have the opportunity to compete with other athletes across the UK.

“This year, alongside all the excitement of the competition and the values our athletes will learn through the triumphs and tribulations, we will have a heavy focus on athlete wellbeing. It has been a historical moment in time following the Olympics with athletes choosing to protect mental health above competition and there are lessons to be learned.

“It is important to us that we provide young people with the key coping mechanisms and experiences they need to take on the world stage and be happy and healthy.”

Steps have been taken to ensure the event will be Covid safe in a post pandemic world. including the appointment of one of Wimbledon 2021’s team doctors Natasha Beach, working with local public health officials, testing and temperature checks for all athletes and event staff on site, social distancing and athlete bubbles, spectators replaced with live streams of the action, and mask wearing.

Dr Beach said: “I am really excited to have joined the School Games National Finals event team and I am looking forward to leading the development of the protocols in place to ensure that all the young athletes who will compete in just a few weeks’ time have the best and safest experience possible.

“Having worked as a Covid medical officer at events like The Hundred, Vitality Netball Super League and Wimbledon Junior Qualifying, it is great to see the innovation from the world of sport that is taking place as we come out of the pandemic and get back to competition.”

By schoolsportmag2, Jul 6 2021 04:49PM

Openers Alice Capsey and Mary Taylor provided a batting masterclass to see Bede’s School home in style in the final of the School Sport Magazine National U18 Girls T20 Cricket Cup today.

The dynamic duo threw caution to the wind as they set about chasing down Shrewsbury School’s total of 91 all out in damp and windy conditions at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire.

And despite a finals day previously dominated by the bowlers, Alice (45no) and Mary (36no) smashed the ball to all parts of the picturesque setting to win by ten wickets in fewer than ten overs.

Bede’s Indigo Gentry took three wickets while four run outs also helped Bede’s cause as Shrewsbury failed to convert a decent start to be bowled out for just 91.

(For full cricket reports and round-up, check out the next edition of School Sport Magazine)

By schoolsportmag2, Jul 6 2021 03:32PM

A great finish is in prospect in the final of the School Sport Magazine National U18 Girls T20 Cricket Cup today at Abingdon School.

Bowlers continued to enjoy the upperhand as Shrewsbury School were bowled out for 91 runs against Sussex’ Bede’s School.

Indigo Gentry took three wickets while four run outs also helped Bede’s cause as Shrewsbury failed to convert a decent start that saw them reach 62-4 off eleven overs.

By schoolsportmag2, Jul 6 2021 01:00PM

Shrewsbury School batted sensibly to reach the final of the School Sport Magazine National U18 Girls T20 Cricket Cup today.

In wet and windy conditions at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire, Shrewsbury’s bowlers took the upper hand early on against the Leys School after the Cambridgeshire’s captain and leading runscorer Issy Routledge was unluckily run out backing up early on.

Leys battled back to reach 88-7 in their 20 overs but Shrewsbury recovered well from losing two early wickets to win by eight wickets in 15.2 overs.

Their opponents in the final will be Bede’s School who won another low-scoring second semi-final against Millfield.

Bede’s bowlers proved extremely effective on a damp pitch, restricting their Somerset opponents to 66-9 in their 20 overs.

And, despite losing three early wickets themselves and seemingly struggling at 17-3, the Sussex side (68-4) bounced back to win by six wickets.

By schoolsportmag2, Jul 6 2021 11:49AM

Bowlers took the upper hand today in the early stages of the School Sport Magazine National U18 Girls T20 Cricket Cup semi-finals.

In wet and windy conditions at Abingdon School, Bede’s School stopped Millfield’s batters in their tracks, restricting them to 46-4 off 15 overs and 66-9 in 20.

Shrewsbury School proved equally productive with the ball against Leys School in the other semi-final, restricting their Cambridge opponents to 88-7 off 20 overs.

By schoolsportmag2, Jul 3 2021 02:29PM

Emily Burke yesterday starred for Reigate Grammar School to help her side reach the finals day of the School Sport Magazine National U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup.

The young all-rounder hit 72 runs with the bat as the Surrey side reached 136-7 in their 20 overs against London’s Forest School.

Then she stalled Forest’s reply by taking 3-18 as Forest were restricted to 105-7 as Reigate ran out winners by 31 runs.

The Surrey team will take their place on finals day on Monday September 6 at Middlesex’ Merchant Taylor’s School alongside Shrewsbury School, Bristol’s Clifton College and Ipswich School.

The draw for the semi finals will go live on Monday July 5 at 5pm.

Meanwhile the finals of the School Sport Magazine National U18 Girls T20 Cricket Cup will take place this Tuesday July 6 at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire.

The semi-final draw sees Sussex’ Bede’s School playing Millfield and Cambridge’s Leys School taking on Shrewsbury School.

By schoolsportmag2, Jul 2 2021 09:36AM

Umbro, official kit partner to England Rugby, have announced a long-term collaboration to bring their performance apparel expertise to the independent schools’ market exclusively via Schoolblazer.

Schoolblazer are the leading supplier of clothing to independent schools, supplying more than 180 schools, including over 160 with sportswear.

Umbro have been supplying winning teams for almost a century since their foundation in Manchester in 1924. They kitted out England’s world cup winning squad in 1966 and the British Lions in their heyday.

Schoolblazer have built a detailed knowledge of the needs and fit of young people and will work with Umbro to ensure that their garments work in a school environment and fit today’s body shapes.

Umbro are now working with Schoolblazer to bring the winning kit from Twickenham to the playing fields of the UK’s leading schools.

Michael Scholz, general manager of Umbro in the UK said, “We know how to create garments that help teams to perform and Schoolblazer are the perfect partner. Their deep knowledge of this market and excellent reputation for customer service allows us to focus on the design while they deliver”.

Schoolblazer sales director added: “This is a game-changer in this market. Historically schools which wanted a major brand had to accept poor delivery and service. Schools can now play in the same kit as England Rugby and be confident that their products will be delivered reliably and on-time, thanks to Schoolblazer’s investment in logistics. It’s an exciting time for the industry and an exciting time for schools.”

Umbro Schools will be launching in September 2021 with a full range of team, staff and training kit, but samples are available now. To find out more please contact [email protected]

By schoolsportmag2, Jun 27 2021 10:20AM

Shrewsbury School and Millfield have become the last two teams to reach the finals of the School Sport Magazine National U18 Girls T20 Cricket Cup.

In a high-scoring game, the Somerset side (148-1) overcame Gloucester’s Denmark Road High School (147-6) by nine wickets.

And in the other quarter final, Shrewsbury proved too strong for Repton, chasing down the Derbyshire side’s total of 126-2 for the lost of four wickets.

They will join Sussex’ Bede’s School and Cambridge’s Leys School at finals day on Tuesday July 6 at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire.

Meanwhile in the U15 girls’ competition, Shrewsbury secured a notable double and became the first team to reach finals day with a 23 run victory, again over Repton School.

In a game dominated by the bowlers, Claudia Griffiths (3-19) and Rosie Bowman (3-21) restricted Shrewsbury to 107-7 in their 20 overs.

But Clemmy Sowden (4-10) and Esther Hurford (2-12) hit back to bowl out their Derbyshire opponents for just 84 to reach finals day in September.

They will be joined by Ipswich School, who overcame the Perse School by 21 runs and Clifton College, who enjoyed a great win over strongly-fancied Millfiel School.

Ipswich (130 all out) had Amie Hunt (44) and Petra Tweedy (37) to thank for building a total that was just too much for their Cambridge opponents (109-6).

Bristol’s Clifton College meanwhile hit an unassailable 169-3 in their 20 overs before restricting their Somerset rivals to 109 all out in reply.

Either Forest School or Reigate Grammar will complete the finals line on September 6 when they play their quarter final tie this Friday July 2.