Netball is the major sport for girls in the Lent Term. All the girls from Year 3 to Year 8 play the sport, with the Year 3 girls joining practice twice a week.
There are five outdoor courts and we also have use of six outdoor courts at the Senior School. Once a week we can utilise the indoor court in the Sports Hall with its newly installed specialist floor.
Fixtures are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Block fixtures involving up to fourteen teams ensure that a large number of girls have the opportunity to represent the School at a wide range of levels, from the IAPS Regional winners of last year’s Under 12 A team to the mighty efforts and enthusiasm of the Under 9 B team. The matches are played in a competitive manner with a large emphasis on a good standard of sport, sportsmanship and of course enjoyment.
We play a range of opponents including local schools as well as many teams further afield. These include: Beeston Hall School, Magdelene House, Felsted, Queen Margaret’s of York, Taverham Hall, Norwich School, Norwich High School for Girls, Bishop’s Stortford, Wisbech Grammar School, Town Close, Glebe House School as well as Gresham’s Under 14 B and C teams from the Senior School.
Each of the Under 11 and Under 9 teams has its own member of staff as coach throughout the entire season. The Under 12 and Under 13 teams are run in four squads of sixteen with one coach for each squad. We have committed and dedicated staff who share their expertise across a range of abilities and age groups.
Gresham’s is very fortunate to have the expertise of former Under 21’s England player and former coach of the England Under 17 side, Mrs Helene Buckingham. Mrs Buckingham oversees the coaching programme for all teams whilst ensuring that every player has the opportunity to maximise their potential regardless of level. She is responsible for ensuring that consistency and best practice is developed within the coaching programme. She is still involved with England Netball, coaching at the Excel Extension Centre in Bury. In addition, the School has two qualified England Netball Talent Identifiers amongst our coaching staff.
Details of our sports fixtures for the Lent term are listed below, please always check the school calendar for the latest fixtures times and dates as these are sometimes subject to change.