Academy team win netball tournament

High fives all round for Bede Academy netball champions.
High fives all round for Bede Academy netball champions.
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A PROMISING team from Blyth have netted victory in their first ever county championship.

Young netballers from Bede Academy Primary battled it out to become overall champions at the finals of the ‘High 5’ Blyth and Bedlington School Sport Programme netball tournament.

The Year 5 players, many of whom had never played competitive netball, triumphed over Croftway Primary School, in the final at Blyth Sport Centre.

The tournament was organised by sport leaders from Bedlington High School and Bede Academy North.

High 5 is a modified version of the game using five players, allowing the usual seven squad members to rotate positions throughout the competition.

Leaders from New Delaval and Guide Post Middle School also assisted in acting as team managers for the young players throughout the day.

Teams who qualified for the semi-finals included Bede Academy Primary, Croftway, New Delaval and Bedlington Junior High.

Bede Primary headteacher Irene Watson said: “All of our young players were very excited to be playing in their very first tournament and they were up against some very good competition.

“It is a wonderful achievement for them to have brought back the winners trophy to school.

“Competitions like this provide a good stepping stone for promising young players, from primary schools, to carry their playing on to secondary school.

“It also helps the students develop the skills of the game as well as well as learning team dynamics and building confidence.”