Netball at Haileybury is a highly-attended team sport throughout all year groups. It is taught from Lower School through to Sixth Form, with teams competing in inter-House, inter-school and regional tournaments, as well as touring. The skills learnt in netball develop and hone hand/eye co-ordination, agility and fitness, as well as close-order team work and the ability to trust and rely on each other.
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.
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.
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 regularly field two U12 teams, two 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.
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 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.
Lower School netball teams have a packed programme of both matches and Tournaments, including the Lea Valley Netball Tournaments too where, in Spring Term 2014, our U12 ‘A’ team became District Champions!
At older age groups, where depth of our squads allows, Haileybury enters the U14 and U19 National Schools County Netball Tournament played in the Autumn Term.
The U14s also take part in the local Lea Valley U14 - Senior Tournaments in the Spring term.
In 2011 Haileybury U19 1st VII qualified for the Regional East Tournament where we missed a place in the Nationals by 1 point!
Our 1st VII are also invited to take part in an Invitational U18 Netball Tournament at Bedford Modern, where we have had success by reaching the Finals.
Tours now form a key part of the netball year and are run every 2-3 years. 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.
In Easter holiday 2015, a Lower School Netball Tour travelled to Malta. All Lower School girls were invited and the uptake was brilliant with 40 girls choosing to join us. 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.
January 2019, a Netball Tour took place in Barbados. The tour team included 20 pupils and 3 members of staff. It was a great opportunity for the girls to experience a different style of play to what they have faced in England.
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, are all full size, offering pupils the ability to play on six different playing courts with a generous run off.
Dani McFarlane is Haileybury’s first Director of Netball with the mandate to improve competitive netball fixtures across all age groups. Dani is a former England player and is currently with Academy in the Premier 1 League and benecosMavericks in the Superleague. She is passionate about sport and the development of young and aspiring athletes.
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 already has a couple of seasons with Mavericks under her belt having made her debut at 16 and, as part of the England Futures programme, has progressed to captain the England Roses during the recent U19 tour of New Zealand. Zara now joins Loughborough Lightning and gets ready to take on the 2019 Superleague season.
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