Earlier this month, 55 Year 7 and 8 students from Harrogate Grammar School travelled to Condover Hall in Shrewsbury for a weekend-long netball tournament.
It was a brilliant weekend of netball for the school, with the Year 7 A team crowned winners of their U12 cup competition, with the Year 8 A team finishing as runners up in their U13 cup competition and the Year 8 B team also finishing as runners-up in the plate competition.
Two year groups attended for the first time, celebrating the end of the netball season and enjoying a weekend away playing against other schools and clubs.
Jillian Skidmore, PE and Sport Teacher, oversaw the event:
This was a new trip for all the girls, some of whom hadn’t been away at all due to Covid. Our teams played against a huge range of clubs and schools, some from as far away as the Channel Islands. We were the only school with 6 teams at the tournament, certainly the biggest representation of the north.
The mix of players, of different levels and ages, made for a winning team dynamic.
Some girls regularly play netball for school, others just recreationally, but they all got on brilliantly.
The girls stepped up when they were needed and really went above and beyond for the team.
The students gained so much independence from spending a weekend away and trying new things. The memories they made are lovely. Our Year 11 and 13 students, who are just leaving us, still talk about Condover Hall as one of their favourite trips and they still wear their hoodies.
The weekend at Condover Hall was packed with extra activities, all organised by JCA Adventure. Students took part in these activities which included rock climbing, high ropes, archery and laser quest when not playing netball.
Neil Renton, Headteacher at Harrogate Grammar School, said:
Huge congratulations to all the girls who went to Condover Hall and brought back 3 prizes. It is brilliant to hear how well they played and how much they gained from the trip as a whole.
Netball is one of our popular sports and the teams are a force to be reckoned with. We are really proud of them and how they have represented our school.