Cheltenham Prep girls played superbly at Wycliffe in an early season festival. The aim of the festival was to promote the enjoyment of netball so no scores were taken and there were no winners at the end of all the matches.
Considering it was their first experience of match play as Under 9s, the girls played well, taking the game to their opponents and scoring goals when in possession. The team played as a squad and as such played a variety of different positions during the afternoon. This did not affect their performance and they finished all their matches as winners. It was very pleasing to see the accuracy of passing and shooting on display as well as great interceptions, particularly on opposition centre passes. It was a great way to start the netball season and the girls should be very proud of their hard work and determination on what was a very cold afternoon.
Cheltenham College Netball Club Tournament
Last Saturday, the netball club hosted the annual Year 5 netball festival. The festival was well attended, with over 100 girls, attending from Cheltenham Prep, St Hughes, The Richard Pate School, Abberly Hall, Airthrie School and Beaudesert Park School.
The event was a mixture of workshop style skill sessions and match play. The workshop sessions, coached by netball professionals and Cheltenham College netball staff as well as current pupils, covered a variety of skills including passing, footwork, shooting, defending and attacking moves - to name a few. Before the players began match play, they had an opportunity to talk to an England U17 netball player and ask any questions that they had for her. Inspired, the girls took to the court to put all the skills that they had covered into practice in some friendly matches. Well don everyone!