U9 Inter Schools Netball Tournament 2021
2017: Inaugural U9 High 5 Netball tournament involving 3 local schools visiting St. Andrew's to compete for the Inter-Schools Cup.
2018: Second tournament with 5 other schools attending.
2019: Third tournament with 5 other schools attending.
2020: Cancelled due to Covid
2021: Fourth tournament involving four other schools.
To share our facilities with local schools in our area and to give the opportunity for the schools to compete against each other in a High5 format. Originally in 2017 we invited 5 schools but 2 had to withdraw shortly before the date. The immediate beneficiaries are all the children in the schools, including our own. In 2018 and 2019, five schools attended and in 2021 4 schools attended. (One other had to drop out shortly before the tournament.)
We had already set up a football tournament for local schools but wanted to introduce a new tournament. St. Andrew's identified the opportunity having spoken to the Sports staff at the local schools and gauged interest.
Staffing resources from St. Andrew's plus the St. Andrew's facilities. We use our teaching staff plus the Marketing Manager. The tournament lasts for approx 2.5 hours. St. Andrew's also supply a cup, medals and certificates and provide a tea for both the children and parents after the tournament.
We are hoping that by hosting these tournaments, the children from all schools will benefit by using our facilities and that the tournaments may give rise to further opportunities to work together with our local schools.
Feedback from a child at the 2021 tournament: 'Can I do this every week? It's been amazing!'
Pupils are involved from Year 4 at our school. All our pupils were girls in this instance. From the other schools the Year 3 and 4 children were mostly girls. In 2021, 28 children from other schools attended.
In 2017 this was a single event. In 2018 and 2019 we hosted 5 other schools and in 2021 we hosted four schools.