The Gregg School

College net big team caps

Published on isbi School News dated Friday 5th of October 2018

Three girls from Bishop’s Stortford College are now celebrating offers from major netball teams following their trials last month. Harriet H, Ellie L and Alex P have all secured places with London Pulse after a full day of trials at the London Copper Box Arena – the London venue for the National Performance Netball league – the netball equivalent of the Premiership. London Pulse is one of just 10 National Performance League teams and Harriet will shortly take up her place in their U17’s High Performance Hub. The girls reported that they all had “stomachs churning with nerves”. Competing against 200 other girls, they knew from the outset they would have to show determination and grit to gain one of the 90 available places. Following warm-ups the girls were put through their paces. The standard was very high and all the games fast paced. Each games was just 10 minutes long and the girls played 3 or 4 games each, depending on the draw in the first 10 rounds. The short duration of each game meant only a very short opportunity to impress the selectors and after lunch all 3 girls played again. It was a long and tough day, playing against some very talented players and they each came away hoping they had done enough. Just two days later, all three received an email from the selectors congratulating them on their performance and for securing a place in one of the Pulse U17 hubs. Harriet, Alex and Ellie are all very excited to start training. Katie W is also celebrating her place in the County Academy. This is the second step on the England Netball Performance Pathway and is aimed at 14-16 year old’s who are looking to progress further in netball. Elite players at the College are supported by an Elite Sports Programme which offers bespoke strength and conditioning training tailored to the individual and their sport, if necessary, an adapted timetable to accommodate training time and expert coaching. The College will be holding their Sixth Form Open Morning on Saturday 13th October at 10.15. Anyone interested in joining the Sixth Form in 2019 is warmly invited.
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