Inaugural Greenwich Primary Schools’ Netball League 2017/2018
This year saw the establishment of our first ever Greenwich Primary Schools' Netball League. The league has seen the involvement of 10 of our local feeder primary schools taking part in organised tournaments over the course of a three month period. The aim of the development of such a league has been to enhance participation of primary school pupils in competitive netball fixtures on a regular basis, inevitably therefore enhancing their skillset and physical literacy.
Year 5 and 6 boys and girls from across the borough and local community came together to enjoy a ‘Round One’ High5 Netball tournament in November at St Paul’s Academy with ‘Round Two’ taking place in early January. Both tournament days enabled schools to all play each other while building up overall total tournament points. Following our ‘Round Two’ tournament, the top five placed schools entered into the ‘Cup’ and the bottom five placed teams entered into the ‘Plate’. Our league culminated in our 'Finals Day' in late January with both a ‘Cup’ and ‘Plate’ competition taking place on the day.
The standard of play from each participating team noticeably improved over the course of the league with a high quality of gameplay on display. Students developed their skills and knowledge of the game over what has been quite a short period of time. This is testament to the continued support and encouragement of the children by primary school teachers and staff in helping students to develop their love of the game.
Not only have the Year 5/6 students continued to develop their netball skills and game play, the delivery of these tournaments has also provided our own Year 9/10/11 St Paul’s Academy Sports Leaders with the opportunity to enhance their umpiring skills and increase their confidence in this area. The experience they have gained has been invaluable for their development.
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Well done to all schools who took part with particular congratulations to our winners on the day:
- Winners - Bannockburn
- Runners-Up - Boxgrove
- Player of the Plate Tournament - Kenny (Bannockburn)
- Winners - St John Fisher
- Runners-Up - Gallions Mount
- Players of the Cup Tournament - Daniela (Alexander McLeod)
- 'Sportsmanship' Award - St John Fisher
The development of our first Primary Schools’ Netball League has been a wonderful celebration of primary school netball in the borough. With over 100 children participating in the league this year, it is hoped that the league will continue to develop, further enhancing participation levels in Netball at primary level throughout Greenwich.