On Tuesday 17 January, the St Gregory’s Year 9 netball team were welcomed to the University of Bath Sports Training Village by their Team Bath netball counterparts in recognition of their recent successes in the Winter School Games and the National Schools’ Championships.

The visit was organised by Mrs Tuke and Mrs McHale, and the University of Team Bath squad, to provide the ambitious St Gregory’s team with an in-depth insight into the game and the many advanced sporting skills required for success, as the team head towards the County Finals of the Winter School Games and the Regional South West Round of the National Netball Championships at Marlborough College later this month.

As ambassadors for the sport, the Team Bath squad demonstrated an intense training session providing our Year 9 girls with tips and hints on making the most of their preparations and training, whilst sharing strategic ideas and tips on how to play the game to their advantage.

This was followed by an informative Q&A session, whereby the St Gregory’s team were allowed to quiz the Team Bath players on their many sporting successes and strategies for making the most out of their time on the netball court and maximising their chances of winning.

The competition is just one example of our continued dedication to providing fantastic opportunities and wider experiences for all its students. The girls have shown great sporting potential and will continue to receive encouragement as they enter the next stages of the competitions with their sights firmly set on the National Finals.

Mrs Tuke, said: “The Year 9 St Gregory’s netball team have been a delight to teach and coach, never failing to give every game their all. They are great ambassadors for St Gregory’s, not just on the wider sporting stage, but also to the many young sports men and women at school, who see them work hard, support one another and pull together into an effective and successful team. We are delighted that they have done so well and look forward to the next stages of the competition.”

Ms Cusack thanked Team Bath Netball for their support and encouragement: “I am delighted that our Year 9 netball team were invited by Team Bath Netball to attend one of their training sessions at the University. Our girls were able to meet and learn from some incredible sportswomen who are true role models. This was an inspiring opportunity that has further developed and encouraged our students who enjoy playing netball and have worked so hard as a team. We will all be cheering them on in their forthcoming matches. Thank you Team Bath Netball for this wonderful opportunity.”