College hosted a netball festival for Year 5 prep school pupils. Four schools: Abberley Hall, Cheltenham Prep, Richard Pates and St Hughes took part in the festival. The girls took part in four workshops focussing on shooting, defence, passing and SAQ. A range of coaching styles were implemented and each school was accompanied by one of College's 1st VII netball players. The schools finished the morning taking part in some fun invasion games before ending with mixed-school matches.
In the afternoon the prep schools were back in the Sports Hall to watch the Cheltenham College 1st VII play Wales U17 in a very competitive match. Poppy Hoskins, Head of Netball at College commented: "College played some of their best netball to date with some exceptional turnovers from Anne-Marie Bowring (L6, Q) and the defensive circle duo of Charlotte Woodman (U6, Q) and Fran Ball (U6, Ch). Our attacking players had a tough game with strong defense from Wales taking the ball from us as we tried to penetrate the attacking circle. This meant that we struggled to convert our chances at goal and allowed Wales to take the lead. A fantastic experience for all who played and a performance which was not represented by the final score of 44-14 to Wales.
Miranda Bruce-Smith (U6, Q) said "The whole day was a great success. I loved spending time with the younger netball girls teaching them skills that I've learnt. Playing against Wales is a definite highlight of my time at College and I think the whole team really came together."