Hartlepool netball team’s trophy success

Youngsters from Clavering Primary School who won the North Hartlepool Family of Schools' netball contest
Youngsters from Clavering Primary School who won the North Hartlepool Family of Schools' netball contest
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TALENTED primary school pupils have ­netted themselves the winning trophy at a sporting competition.

Youngsters from Barnard Grove, Clavering, St Bega’s, St Helen’s, St John Vianney, and West View primary schools – who collectively make up the North Hartlepool Family of Schools – took part in the High 5 Netball Competition at St Hild’s CE School.

Youngsters from Clavering Primary School who won the North Hartlepool Family of Schools' netball contest

Youngsters from Clavering Primary School who won the North Hartlepool Family of Schools' netball contest

Clavering Primary School finished as the overall champions, having won every match and conceding only one goal.

Clavering deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy, who leads on competitive sport at Clavering and is also a North Hartlepool Family of Schools’ Network Facilitator, said: “The children overcame the windy conditions to battle it out over a series of fifteen matches, officiated by Year 8 children from St Hild’s.

“Using the official squad rotation policy, six different children scored Clavering’s twenty-seven goals.

“The children from the different schools who competed all seemed to enjoy themselves and all of the matches were played with a positive spirit, as is typical of our North Hartlepool Family of Schools’ events.

With Liverpool now being confirmed as the host city for the Netball World Cup in 2019, maybe we might see some of these children playing for England in four years time!

Clavering Deputy Headteacher Neil McAvoy

“When played properly, a key part of High 5 Netball is players rotating round the different positions. This means that all the children get to experience every position on court and makes for fitter more adaptable players as they get older.

“Certainly, the seven players in our squad responded brilliantly to the challenge of playing in each of the five positions during the course of the tournament and they all made a very positive contribution to our overall success.”

He added: “With Liverpool now being confirmed as the host city for the Netball World Cup in 2019, maybe we might see some of these children playing for England in four years time!”