Stead Lane pupils take honours in netball event

Stead Lane Primary School which won the recent Year 5 netball competition.
Stead Lane Primary School which won the recent Year 5 netball competition.
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Eight teams and 70 players took part in the annual Year 5 netball competition organised by the Blyth and Bedlington School Sport Programme.

Most of the players were taking part in their first five-a-side competition after making the transition from four-a-side in the High 5 version of the game.

The teams played in a round robin, which gave them seven games, and lots of opportunities to rotate positions.

Rotating positions is a large part of the philosophy of the game at this age to allow the players to experience the skills needed in all positions on the court.

The games were officiated by Year 9 and 10 students from Bedlington Community High School who had attended an umpire’s course to prepare them for the tournament.

After a great afternoon of netball which saw the players make huge progress with skill improvement and team work, the winners were Stead Lane Primary School from Bedlington, with Horton Grange the runners-up.

The other schools who participated were Meadowdale Academy, Cambois Primary, Malvins Close, Guide Post Middle and Morpeth Road.

The trophy and certificates were presented by Josie Pointon, the England Netball development officer for Northumberland, who also helped to coach the umpires and develop their skills.