Winners of the Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup 2018/2019 Finals

14 Teams, 2 Days, 7 Champion Winning Teams!

After 7 months of competition in the Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup – there were only 14 teams left in the competition and they travelled to Cheshire on the 26th/27th March 2019.  They were treated to a brand new Sports Centre – which had only opened the day before Finals.

The Grange School, Northwich did everyone proud – what a fantastic venue!  All of the staff worked tirelessly to ensure that the brand new Sports Hall was ready for the Sisters n Sport National Cup Finals and were on hand throughout both days of competition – supporting Sisters n Sport and all of the teams – they ensured a fantastic event too place.

The Sports Hall had a great viewing gallery for spectators, but we knew not all parents and supporters would be able to travel and so Sisters n Sport ensured that everyone could keep up to date via our realtime Twitter Commentary and updates as well as having the opportunity to watch the games live via our Facebook page.

The first day of finals saw the U15, U16 and Senior finals – and we had a real treat in store!

U15 Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup Final
Solihull School (Midlands) v St Swithun’s (South West)

U15 SnS National Champions – Solihull School
MVP – Izzy Gardner – Solihull School

Our opening match of the Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup Finals and it didn’t disappoint!  Both teams were off to a great start, a few nerves on court but we were goal for goal in the first quarter – both teams showing strong defence and great shooting stats.  End of the first quarter and only two goals separated the teams.  This continued in the second quarter with end of end action.  Both teams holding strong and taking their opportunites – end of the half and still only two goals in it – 20-18 to Solihull School.

The third quarter was the turning point – Solihull School came out firing and St Swithun’s were not able to respond – end of the third quarter and Solihull School had strengthened their lead to 10 goals – putting them in the driving seat for the final quarter.  The last 15 were a close encounter like the first half – St Swithun’s responded well but just conuld not break into the lead Solihull had developed in the third quatter – only one goal separated them in that final quarter but the the third quarter had been vital and Solihull School were crowned Champtions – winning 42-31.

Great performances from all players, with GA Izzy Gardner from Solihull School being awarded MVP by Manchester Thunder’s Laura Malcolm.

Click here for a Gallery of Photographs from the U15 Sisters n Sport National Cup Final taken by Clive Jones.

U16 Sisters n Sport Netball National Final
Loughborough High School v Godolphin & Latymer

U16 SnS National Champions – Godolphin & Latymer School
MVP – Jessica Mayer – Godolphin & Latymer School

These teams had faced each other once before this season with Loughborough High School being the winners that day and so we knew this was going to be a close and well fought final.  Loughborough HS proved to be very fast out of the blocks – taking early leads in each quarter.  The first quarters they took a 3 goals lead but in the final moments – Godolphin & Latymer School made a comeback to bring the score to 12-11 Loughborough HS lead.  Again Loughborough hit t he ground running in the 2nd quarter taking a 5 goal lead – with some super shooting and patient court play – before G&L took some important turnovers pulling the score back to 22-21 to Loughborough a t the end of the half – this was a nail biting half and the second half did not have any less excitement.

Loughborough HS took the lead again, but an injury in the third moved the C from G&L to WD and the turnovers kept coming.  G&L ended the quarter up b2 (34-36).  There was everything to play for in the final quarter and there was a nervous start from both teams – but the shooters were still putting the goals away.  It looked like Loughborough would take the win leading with a  few minutes to play – but then came the G&L surge!  With 25 seconds to go it was a G&L centre at 48-48 – no pressure for their shooters – taking the lead with 15 seconds to go and a Loughborough HS centre.  LHS got the ball to their GS but it didn’t drop and G&L were the champions!  What a final!!!

Strong performances from all players, with WD Jessica Mayer from Godolphin & Latymer School being awarded MVP by Manchester Thunder’s Laura Malcolm.

Click here for a Gallery of Photographs from the U16 Sisters n Sport National Cup Final taken by Clive Jones.

Seniors Sisters n Sport Netball National Final
Bromsgrove School v Royal Russell School

Seniors SnS National Champions – Bromsgrove School
MVP  –  Ellie Preese – Bromsgrove School

The Seniors final was all set to be a showstopper from when the two coaches of supporters arrived – we have horns, banners and singing for both teams – the atmosphere was electric!  Royal Russell were the first to strike with speed on the attack and accurate shooting.   Bromsgrove were struggling to get past a very strong defensive unit.  At the end of the first quarter RR had taken a 5 goal lead – 13-8.  Bromsgrove made some changes in the shooting circle and centre court – they came out firing and took control of the game.  Royal Russell finished the half with a narrow one goal lead – 21-20.

The third quarter began and the crowd were bouncing!  They were lifting their players and spurring them on.  Bromsgrove began strong again – but every ball was fought for and there was no let up from either team.  The quarter was going goal for goal and then Bromsgrove gained the momentum and took a 7 goal lead at the end of the third.  Royal Russell began a strong fight back in the final quarter winning the quarter but Bromsgrove held on enough to take the win and become champions – 41-38.

Great performances from all players, with WD Ellie Preese from Bromsgrove being awarded MVP by Manchester Thunder’s Laura Malcolm.

Click here for a Gallery of Photographs from the Senior Sisters n Sport National Cup Final taken by Clive Jones. 


U11 Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup Final
The Grange School v Putney High School

U11 SnS National Champions – The Grange School
MVP  – Ivana Igoe – The Grange School

First up we had The Grange School, Northwich facing Putney High School.  Both teams were so excited for the final as it was the first time they had competed in a National Cup competition.  The match started and went goal for goal for the full first ten minutes – there were flying interceptions and the shooters were shooting long bombs – fantastic netball from just young players!  At the end of the first quarter nothing could separate the teams – 6-6.  The Grange turned up their defensive game in the second quarter – their full court defence managed to create lots of turnovers and Putney struggled to get the ball the their shooters.  The Grange created a 5 goal lead to take into the second half.

A close third quarter followed with great attacking moves from both teams.  Only one goal separated the teams in this quarter but the lead from the first half put The Grange in the driving seat for the final quarter.  Putney came out strong and started putting the goals on the board – The Grange had to work hard to score off their centre passes and the nerves were starting to show a little.  In the end there was not enough time for a Putney comeback but the girls fought until the very end – with The Grange taking the win and becoming U11 Sisters n Sport National Cup Champions 24-21.

Huge performances from such young players, with GD Ivana Igoe from The Grange being awarded MVP by Loughborough Lightning’s Jess Shaw.

Click here for a Gallery of Photographs from the U11 Sisters n Sport National Cup Final taken by Clive Jones.

U12 Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup Final
Cheadle Hulme School v Redmaids’ High School

U12 SnS National Champions – Cheadle Hulme School
MVP  – Tiger Barlow –Cheadle Hulme School

For the second final of the day we had North v South West.  The Cheadle Hulme School had brought a coach load of pupils and so they were well supported for their final – banners and flags filled the sports hall.  Cheadle Hulme were strong from the offset – straight to goal from their centre pass and the shooters doing their job to put the goals on the board.  Redmaids fought for each ball and were strong on their own centre pass but a few turnovers from Cheadle Hulme School put them 13-4 up at the end of the first quarter.  Cheadle Hulme did not slow down in the second quarter – fast movement and relentless defence.  Redmaids contested each ball – but Cheadle Hulme were too strong and they extended their lead to 29-7.

In the third quarter Cheadle Hulme kept the momentum, scoring quickly from their centre passes and successful in turnover ball. The shooters rewarded the defences efforts with high shooting percentages, making it diffcult for Redmaids defence to turn ball over or capitalise on rebound opportunities. Redmaids had some impressive moments and intercepts but they could not convert and Cheadle Hulme pushed on with the quarter ending 41-8.

Redmaids continued to work hard in the final quarter and had some lovely passages of play through court but found it hard to get the ball to their shooters due to the Cheadle Hulme GK applying a lot of pressure from the back. Cheadle Hulme were outstanding from start to finish but the score did not reflect how well Redmaids performed throughout the game. The game ended Cheadle Hulme 55 – Redmaids 10.

Strong attacking and defensive performances from both teams with GS Tiger Barlow from Cheadle Hulme School being awarded MVP by Loughborough Lightning’s Jess Shaw.

Click here for a Gallery of Photographs from the U12 Sisters n Sport National Cup Final taken by Clive Jones.


U13 Sisters n Sport Netball National Final
Cheadle Hulme School v Berkhamsted School

U13 SnS National Champions – Cheadle Hulme School
MVP  – Maisie Chrimes – Cheadle Hulme School

For the third final of the day we had Cheadle Hulme going for the double – the crowd still cheering!   This time they were up against the South East Regional Champions – Berkhamsted School.  Both teams didn’t blink in the first quarter – goal for goal for the full 12 mins with Berkhamsted taking a slim lead of one goal at the end of the quarter.  Following their team talk Cheadle Hulme scored 4 goals from the whistle and took the lead, their court play was relentless for the quarter and Berkhamsted took time to settle and respond.  At the end of the half and Cheadle Hulme had a lead of 9 – 24-15.

The third quarter was much closer – both teams contesting for every ball, shots defended fiercely and any rebounds hotly contested.  The quarter score was 7-5 to Cheadle Hulme which meant they had extended their lead to 11 with 12 mins left to play – 31-20.   The final quarter continued to be a well fought contest bur Cheadle Hulme’s lead was too much for Berkhamsted to break down and Cheadle Hulme were crowned Champions with a 39-25 win.

Great performance from all players on court, with GA Maisie Chrimes from Cheadle Hulme School being awarded MVP by Loughborough Lightning’s Jess Shaw.

Click here for a Gallery of Photographs from the U13 Sisters n Sport National Cup Final taken by Isabel Pearce

U14 Sisters n Sport Netball National Final
Wirral Grammar School for Girls v Berkhamsted School

U14 SnS National Champions – Wirral Grammar School for Girls
MVP  – Lucy Clayton – Wirral Grammar School for Girls

The final match of the Sisters n Sport National Cup Finals and it was North v South East again.  Berkhamsted fielded their second team of the finals and they would face the Northern Regional Champions – Wirral Grammar School for Girls.  Would Wirral Grammar for Girls make it a clean sweep for the Northern teams or would Berkhamsted put a win on the board for the South East?

A close start for both teams – goal for goal – both teams shooting well and taking the ball to goal.  Wirral took the first break and then gained a flow making the most of their momentum – with left the score at 17-8 at the end of the first quarter.  Wirral Grammar continued to dominate in the second quarter but Berkhamsted stayed strong on their own centre passes and put pressure on them throughout the quarter.  Strong performances in defence for Wirral Grammar helped to increase their lead.

The third quarter was tightly contested – lots of turnovers and increased defensive pressure meant this was a close and low scoring quarter – both circle defence made it difficult to get the ball to the shooters.  With just 12 mins to play – each ball was contested and nothing was given away.  Wirral Grammar for Girls were in the driving seat and they were on track for the win – continued turnovers from the circle defence and flowing court play to the accurate shooters ensured the win – 50-28.

Great team performances from both teams, with GK Lucy Clayton from Wirral Grammar School for Girls being awarded MVP by Loughborough Lightning’s Jess Shaw.

Click here for a Gallery of Photographs from the U14 Sisters n Sport National Cup Final taken by Isabel Pearce. 

Thank you so much!

The aim of the Sisters n Sport Netball National was to give netballers more opportunities to compete and for them to experience playing teams from across the country that they would not normally play against – to experience travelling as a team and creating netball memories.
Thanks to the support of all the schools entering this years competition has exceeded all of our expectations and we are excited to be working with inspiresport to make next year’s Cup even bigger.

Entries are open for the 2019/2020 inspiresport Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup

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Media Release: Sisters n Sport partner with inspiresport for National Cup

Sisters n Sport Netball is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with inspiresport.

inspiresport has joined with Sisters n Sport as the Official Title Sponsor of the National Cups ran by Sisters n Sport for schools.  The two organisations will be working together to provide the inspiresport Sisters n Sport National Cup to schools in England and together launch two NEW National Cups for 2019 – in Wales and Scotland. 

“Sisters n Sport Netball is delighted to be teaming up with such great organisation like inspiresport,” said Jen Fields, co-founder and co-owner of Sisters n Sport Netball.

“inspiresport share the same passion for sport as Sisters n Sport – when we looked at the tours inspiresport create for young players, it was easy to see the similarities between the two organisations. We’re looking forward to working with the inspiresport team in what is a huge year for our National Netball Cup for Schools.”

Victoria Knights (Jen’s Sister and Co-founder of Sisters n Sport) added “In 2018 over 4000 athletes took to the court to compete in the Sisters n Sport National Cup – for the inspiresport Sisters n Sport National Cups 2019/2020 – we want more and more girls to bib up with their team and take to the court.  Through launching new National competitions in Wales and Scotland we will be giving more girls this opportunity”

This is a three-year partnership and will also include the launch of U11 National Netball Festivals across England, Wales and Scotland to provide more competition for primary school children.

Steve Butchart, CEO at inspiresport said:

“We’re excited to be working with Sisters n Sport over the next 3 years to help cement our position as the leading provider of netball sports development tours. Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of netball enquiries from school and youth teams across the country – it’s now our second biggest enquiry after football. The team at Sisters n Sport provide a perfect combination of top-class competition whilst keeping coaching fun and fresh for the new generation of netballers. Working with UK Netball Super League coaches and players, Sisters n Sport delivers on our mission to provide fantastic netball experiences for girls in the UK.”

The inspiresport Sisters n Sport National Cup 2019/2020 are open for entries – Click here to enter your school

For more information about the inspiresport Sisters n Sport National Cup 2019/2020 or to find a Sisters n Sport Netball Programme near you – visit sistersnsport.com

For information about inspiresport and to find the perfect sports tour for your school or club – visit inspiresport.com

 

 

 

 

 

Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup 2018/2019 – National Finalists Revealed

One Week to Go!

Regional Winners and Finalists Confirmed

When the Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup launched back in April 2018, we wanted to give netballers more opportunities to compete and for them to experience playing teams from across the country that they would not normally play against.

Across the 7 age groups 125 schools entered, with over 350 teams, which means over 4000 athletes took to the court in this years competition.   The support and enthusiasm from the girls, coaches, teachers and parents has been brilliant – and the quality of netball has been fantastic!

Below is a round up of the age groups, our Regional Champions and Qualifiers for the National Finals.

U11

North – The Grange School, Northwich  

Midlands – Bedford Girls School  

South East – Putney High School   

South West – The Maynard School

National Final – The Grange School v Putney High School

 

U12

North – Cheadle Hulme School

Midlands – Kings High, Warwick

South East – St Catherine’s School

South West – Redmaids’ High School 

National Final – Cheadle Hulme School v Redmaids’ High School

U13

North – Cheadle Hulme School

Midlands – Solihull High    

South East – Berkhamsted School

South West – St Swithuns 

National Final – Cheadle Hulme School v Berkhamsted School

U14 

North – Wirral Grammar School for Girls  

Midlands – Bromsgrove School  

South East – Berkhamsted School 

South West – Penryn College

National Final – Wirral Grammar School for Girls v Berkhamsted School

U15

North – The Grange School

Midlands – Solihull High    

South East – Putney High School   

South West – St Swithun’s 

National Final – Solihull High v St Swithun’s 

U16

North – Parrenthorn

Midlands – Loughborough High School    

South East – Godolphin & Latymer

South West – Truro School

National Final – Loughborough High School v Godolphin & Latymer

Seniors

North – Oldham Hulme Grammar School

Midlands – Bromsgrove School

South East – Royal Russell School

South West – Wycombe Abbey

National Final – Bromsgrove School v Royal Russell School

Check out some of the team photos below!

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How To Stay On Track With Your New Year’s Fitness Goals

How many of us hit 1st January and set out a list of goals about getting fitter, healthier and more toned in the new year? But by the end of the first month of the year, how many of us are still going?

Probably fewer than we’d care to admit. So if you’re serious about getting fitter and healthier in 2019, what can you do to make sure you stay the course? An article for My Record Journal recently offered some top tips.

First up is that you don’t need to join a gym to do exercise. If you’ve tried working out at a gym before and found that it just doesn’t work for you, then look for other options. Finding Putney netball lessons could be ideal, for instance.

You also don’t need to train every day. The news provider notes that sticking to a routine is more important than hitting the gym every day. “It’s better to commit to a twice a week workout than a rigorous four times a week workout,” the article states.

When it comes to setting goals, make them small and specific. That way you won’t get disillusioned because you still have a long way to go one month in, and it will allow you to set new goals as you progress throughout the year.

An article for Joe also offered some tips on sticking to fitness goals in 2019. Among them is to find a training partner, because this can make you feel more accountable and makes you less likely to miss a session.

Training for a team sport like netball will have the same effect – you won’t want to let people down by failing to turn up to training sessions and that means you’re more likely attend each week.

Valuable lessons your children will learn from their teammates

Which sports team do you play for? 

Valuable lessons your children will learn playing the sport they love

Many of us take our children to sports activities for them to be active and to escape the lure of the TV and iPad.  The good news is that they are learning far more than the rules and tactics when playing for a team.  There are important life lessons learnt by playing a team sport – and you get to have fun with your friends whilst learning them.

Friendships:

When playing in a team – you learn leadership skills as well as how to work within a team.  You appreciate each other’s strengths and how without them your team wouldn’t be the same.  Friendships grow through every win and defeat and your teammates become your best friends.

Discipline & Respect:

Playing sports teaches children commitment.  Commitment to training, to working hard, to support and work hard for your teammates.  As well as the respect we learn towards our teammates, we learn to respect our opposition, our coaches and the officials – learning how to deal with authority and following the rules.

Healthy Habits:

It doesn’t feel good when you are struggling to keep up with a game or your opponent.  By playing sport from a young age,  children are taught to look after themselves and this becomes a habit, a lifestyle choice that isn’t consciously made – I want to play well and so need to train and eat well.  It especially gives girls a healthy concept of body image in an increasingly pressured society – to be strong and healthy.

Decision making and Strategies

During a match you are constantly making decisions and implementing strategies – who to pass the ball to, should I shoot now or take on the player, man to man making or a zone, which player is causing the damage and how do we stop them?  These decisions need to be made quickly and in a pressured environment; the strategies implemented sometimes work and sometimes need to abandoned for another plan – valuable lessons for a competitive workplace.

Learning to deal with Disappointment:

Children achieve success within the classroom with the formula of work hard and you will achieve good grades.  Sport is different – you can be at every training session and put up every shot, but still lose as your opponent is just better on the day.  Sport teaches us to deal with disappointment, to deal with defeat and to look at what went wrong and to improve for next time.  Sport will give children confidence not to be afraid of the competition.

Giving Girls the Confidence to Love and Enjoy Sport

Getting Girls to the Starting Line
Giving Girls the Confidence to Love and Enjoy Sport

In 2014, Helen Fraser of the GDST gave a speech on the importance of sport within education.  It highlighted the value of sport for all girls and the positive impact on their learning, their health and their future success – through the confidence they build by playing.

‘one of the barriers to women progressing in the workplace isn’t that they don’t win the race, it’s that they don’t even make it to the starting line as they lack the confidence and courage to compete.’

Fraser highlights the life skills of sport participation – ‘taking your team to a fixture, captaining it, building the strategy, enjoying victory, facing defeat – these are building life skills.’ – and ‘EY has linked women in senior management positions to experience with sports, finding that 96 percent of the highest ranking female executives played’.  And it is not due to the fact girls don’t want to play – according to the WSFF – 76% of the 15 yr old girls surveyed wanted to take part in more physical activity – when only 31% of girls were actually taking part.

Why are girls not getting to the starting line?

I wasnt a Sporty girl..

For many – sport start at school and of course – we prefer to spend time doing the things we are good at.  This is where a relationship with sport can begin – or subsequently end very quickly!

Girls want choice – some will want to be in the A team, represent their county and so on – and then the majority who want sport to be about ’having fun, being with friends and enjoying sport’  Lauren Laverne’s recent blog post “Why women need to start calling themselves ‘sporty’ ” discusses why women need to reclaim sport for themselves – take from it what they want and need.  After all – Laverne puts it perfectly – ‘Sport does not belong to fit people any more than karaoke belongs to those who can actually sing.’

More and more schools are arranging fixtures for A,B, C and D teams to offer the opportunity to all girls to compete and participate in team sport – a great foundation of leadership, team building and dealing with criticism, improving with feedback and importantly dealing with losing.  There are also more and more opportunities for girls to play socially at clubs.

What opportunities are there for girls in team sports?

You go shopping whilst Im at the game..

We have all seen the various adverts – groups of men watching sport and celebrating, playing sport and celebrating – groups of women shopping, drinking coffee or cocktails – where are the images of women enjoying team sport – not of them running for the perfect ‘beach body’?

According to WSFF ’57% of girls are active because their friends are’ – girls are more influenced by their friends than boys.  Through Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign – there have been more positive images for the girls and England Netball’s very successful Back to Netball campaign has seen thousands of women put on a netball bib and take to the court with their friends.  Girls are inspired and influenced by their own Mum – ‘mums are a powerful source of encouragement for participation in sport for younger girls’ WSFF with 35% saying they are active because their Mum is active.

To be a woman is to be fearless

One of the things that competitive sport teaches girls is a certain type of fearlessness, one that is a vital component of leadership.  Sport teaches you to be strong, to face difficulty, to dig deep when things aren’t going your way and to work hard towards a goal – but they don’t feel like lessons as you are playing a sport you love.  Girls can not only gain so much from sport – they can bring so much to the game too.

It is time for girls to ‘enjoy’ sport, to want to put on they kit, get on the court with their friends, play hard and have fun – to reclaim sport for women after all #thisgirlcan do anything AND everything!

Sisters n Sport are inspiring a generation of ‘Super Sporty Sisters’ to love sport and be fearless with their friends in enjoying it.

Come and join one of our sessions – available for all abilities from 4 years old through to 16 years old