Netball is the focus sport in the Spring Term and we are fortunate to have many girls who regularly enjoy playing netball throughout the Schools. We have regular block fixtures with RGS, NHSG, Durham School, Austin Frairs, Barnard Castle as well as weekly fixtures in the Tyne and Wear leagues. We also enter the Tyne and Wear City, TWSSA and Tri Area Tournaments for all age groups. Each year we enter U14, U16 & U19 teams into the National Schools County Tournament. This year our U16 team won the tournament and qualified to represent Tyne & Wear in the Regional finals. This was the second year in a row that the girls reached the finals. We also enter the School Cup Magazine competition each year which gives students the opportunity to compete against other schools. The girls also have the opportunity to go on tours to play netball. This year the girls went to Belfast on a joint netball and hockey tour.
"For me personally, netball has helped hugely with my resilience, determination and confidence skills."
There are a range of clubs on offer throughout the week across all year groups to compliment the training the girls do in their games sessions. In addition to more training sessions during the week there are four strength and conditioning clubs that focus on netball specific fitness in our newly refurbished fitness suite.
In addition to the internal coaching staff we are fortunate to be supported by some fantastic external coaches. Former England player, Leah Kennedy who has played for Team Northumbria and Sirens Netball in the Netball Superleague and is the North East Netball Head of Pathway and the Roses Academy Assistant Coach and Katie Herbert who coaches at both County and Regional level within the North East both help with our training sessions.
As well as our facilities at Dame Allan's, which include two outdoor netball courts and one indoor court and our newly refurbished fitness suite, we use the Eagles Community Arena facilities daily for our games afternoons. This facility is a fantastic multi-purpose built sporting venue.
Many of our students play for local clubs such as Riverside, Novos and Seatonians. We have many girls across all year groups who are chosen for representative programmes at County/Satellite level. Just as importantly, many of our pupils continue to play netball at university once they have left Dame Allan's.
"Netball has definitely helped my teamwork and communication skills as well as my leadership skills. It's also been a great help in relieving stress during exam periods."
Siân, Year 12
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