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Harborne Little League

Edgbaston High School for Girls supports girls from state Primary Schools and neighbouring Preparatory schools by providing all the facilties for Year 4-6 pupils to play in a netball league on a Saturday afternoon in a structured league format. Girls sign up to trial for this league, they are all offered coaching, training sessions and placed into a team. The team is managed by adult volunteers who help with the daily running on the team and administration.

Aims

Little League Netball provides the opportunity for girls aged eight to eleven (school years 4, 5 and 6) to play organised and supervised league matches, coaching is also included.

Each league includes up to 10 teams, and the matches are played at the same venue each week – usually on Saturday mornings. The league season runs from March to July of each year.   

No previous playing experience is necessary, as each team is made up of a careful balance of experienced and new players.  Games last for around 30 minutes and substitutions take place throughout matches to ensure everyone gets a fair turn.

As well as encouraging more girls to play netball and develop their skills, we hope to foster a strong sense of team spirit, fun and friendship.  We actively try to engage the wider community to support the leagues, particularly parents of girls in the league.  The league organisers, team managers and umpires are all volunteers and training in coaching, First Aid and Safeguarding Children in Sport are available to anyone who would like to get involved.

 

Background

EHS were approaced to host this event in 2011 and have continued this link each year.

Joining sessions are usually held in February or March each year, although it is [possible to join when the season is up and running.

Provide sporting opportunites to all girls in the local area in Year 4-6 to play netball.

Girls mix with girls from other schools and form close friendships and bonds.

Parents share sporting experiences with their children.

Resources

This league offers over 150 girls the opportunity to particiapte in sport.

EHS  provide all the netball courts, pavillion and prize giving space free of charge.

Girls in the league pay a small cost to cover the cost of a jumper/t shirt.

Impact

Provide sporting opportunites to all girls in the local area in Year 4-6 to play netball.

Girls mix with girls from other schools and form close friendships and bonds.

Parents share sporting experiences with their children.

Benefits all girls in the local community, particularly those girls with whom their state Primary school does not offer netball or that have limited sporting facilities. 

Pupil Involvement

Little League Netball provides the opportunity for girls aged eight to eleven (school years 4, 5 and 6) to play organised and supervised league matches, coaching is also included.

Each league includes up to 10 teams, and the matches are played at the same venue each week – usually on Saturday mornings. The league season runs from March to July of each year. 

No previous playing experience is necessary, as each team is made up of a careful balance of experienced and new players.  Games last for around 30 minutes and substitutions take place throughout matches to ensure everyone gets a fair turn.

As well as encouraging more girls to play netball and develop their skills, we hope to foster a strong sense of team spirit, fun and friendship.  We actively try to engage the wider community to support the leagues, particularly parents of girls in the league.  The league organisers, team managers and umpires are all volunteers and training in coaching, First Aid and Safeguarding Children in Sport are available to anyone who would like to get involved.

150 pupils (at least) each year from age 9-11.

EHS sixth form pupils and experienced senior players girls aid in the coaching of teams.

Members of P.E staff from EHS attend to deliver coaching sessions within holiday periods.

Frequency

On going from 2011.

Little League Netball provides the opportunity for girls aged eight to eleven (school years 4, 5 and 6) to play organised and supervised league matches, coaching is also included.

Each league includes up to 10 teams, and the matches are played at the same venue each week – usually on Saturday mornings. The league season runs from March to July of each year. 

No previous playing experience is necessary, as each team is made up of a careful balance of experienced and new players.  Games last for around 30 minutes and substitutions take place throughout matches to ensure everyone gets a fair turn.

As well as encouraging more girls to play netball and develop their skills, we hope to foster a strong sense of team spirit, fun and friendship.  We actively try to engage the wider community to support the leagues, particularly parents of girls in the league.  The league organisers, team managers and umpires are all volunteers and training in coaching, First Aid and Safeguarding Children in Sport are available to anyone who would like to get involved.