At the start of the Christmas holidays, Cheltenham College took 19 Upper College girls to Dubai for a pre-season netball tour. The girls worked hard on their core skills and specific tactics for their individual positions during their training sessions. The first match was against Dubai College and our A-side was the first touring side ever to beat the renowned squad. Our B-side had a tougher game and lost by a very narrow margin. The girls went on to play RU Active Elite, a netball club similar to Hucclecote, who put out two very strong sides. The teams fought hard to keep the scores relatively even throughout but narrowly missed out at the end. Following further training, the girls travelled to Jumeirah College and put everything into these matches, coming out with two well-contested wins. The girls also welcomed the chance to do some coaching at a local primary school, which was a rewarding experince.
Alongside the netball, the girls enjoyed the ‘At the Top’ experience at the Burj Khalifa, the infamous ‘Wild Wadi’ waterpark and a dune-bashing trip in the desert followed by a traditional BBQ in a Bedouin camp in the evening.
Miss Poppy Hoskins, Head of Netball