Netball at Haileybury is a highly-attended team sport throughout all year groups.
At Haileybury, netball is central to the female sports for girls. Played by all year groups, with an active and varied programme of fixtures, tournaments and tours, it is passionately supported by pupils in each girls House. Our netballers not only know the value of inclusion, team-spirit and comradery, but are also surrounded by a culture of sporting finesse, passion and healthy competition. The profile of the sport has developed over the last couple of years, with mixed netball being a popular activity, attended by both pupils and staff.
Team opportunities for all
Our co-curricular programme ensures that we can play top opposition from within the County, where the sport is very popular. At Lower School, every girl will gain experience representing the school netball teams; we field three U12 teams, three U13 teams and one mixed U12/U13 team at fixtures. Currently, over 120 girls from Removes to Sixth Form combine regularly to play netball. Where our opposition allows we can field A, B and C teams at both U14 and U15. We combine our Fifths and Sixth form together from which we form the elite 1st VII squad; our 2nd VII, 3rd VII and 4th VII play in fixtures with other schools who can field such numbers. Those girls not selected for teams train as a Development Squad integrated within the whole Senior set up. This is highly beneficial as we are then able to feed into the senior teams when necessary for fixtures.
Dani McFarlane is Haileybury’s first Director of Netball with the mandate to develop the netball programme and improve competitive netball fixtures across all age groups. Dani is a Level 2 coach, level 3 personal trainer and a former England player. She currently still plays for Saracens Mavericks in the Vitality Netball Superleague and Academy in the Premier 1 League. Dani is passionate about sport at grass roots level and the development of young and aspiring athletes.
High Performance Programme
The High Performance Programme gives athletes the opportunity to work with specialists in their chosen sport. It aims to maximise athletes’ potential and achieve personal sporting targets. This includes weekly one to one and group sessions with the Director of Netball and also weekly Strength and Conditioning sessions. Athletes are expected to be punctual, have a positive and champion minded work ethic and be ready to learn.
Tours now form a key part of the netball year and are run every 2-3 years. They offer our pupils invaluable experience from back to back matches, quick and beneficial recovery methods and team bonding. In the Summer holiday of 2014, a Senior Netball Tour took place in Sri Lanka. It was a superb experience full of competitive matches against both clubs and private schools in Sri Lanka. The welcome was so warm and our girls lead coaching clinics with local youngsters in tsunami-hit areas, as well as immersed themselves in the local culture. We proudly offered charitable help to those still badly affected post the disaster.
January 2019, a Netball Tour took place in Barbados. It was a great opportunity for the girls to experience a very physical and different style of play to what they have faced in England. The two teams played a total of eight fixtures against local clubs and schools.
Easter 2019, a Lower School Tour travelled to sunny Marbella in Spain. Three teams from years 7 and 8 travelled. The girls enjoyed back to back fixtures, training, and excursions. They bonded well and grew together as a team. A Lower School Tour has also run to Malta with an astounding 40 girl uptake. This trip runs regularly every alternate year so every girl who joins Haileybury in Lower School has the opportunity to be part of a Netball Tour.
Facilities – indoor and outdoor
Haileybury is blessed with excellent netball facilities including two indoor netball courts situated in our well-equipped Haileybury Sports Centre. Our LED electronic scoreboard is perfect for our supporters to easily view the score, time and quarter during the matches. Our outdoor courts, situated on Hailey Lane and refurbished summer 2019, are all full size, offering pupils the ability to play on six different playing courts with a generous run off.
Haileybury is proud of pupils who move on to forge successful careers in netball, the most recent of which is Zara Everitt. Zara was a sports and academic scholar and a Lower School College Prefect at Haileybury. She went on to captain the 1st VII at Oxford University. She made her Sky Sports Superleague debut with Mavericks, age 16 and is part of the England Futures programme. She captained a number of teams from the U17 & U19 England age group on a number of overseas tours, including Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica. Zara has now joined Loughborough Lightning for the 2019 Superleague season. Other notable successes include Izzy Stibbs who played 1st VII netball at Exeter University and Katie Brooking at the University of Hertfordshire.
Fixtures and results
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