|Netball has one of the fastest-growing participation levels of any sport in the UK and pupils at Christ College have been contributing to this phenomena. |
The beauty of netball is in the intrinsic way seven players interact and function as one on the court. Deemed the fastest growing and most popular sport for females, netball is a skilful, physical, athletic game. It provides participation and competition at all levels in Christ College in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms with school fixtures against Independent and local Schools; Netball Clubs; and the Brecknock Netball League, where Christ College currently fields four teams.
County Tournaments are held at all age groups - U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 & U18 playing against all local schools in South Powys. The U16 and U18 Regional Tournaments qualify the winners to participate in the two major Welsh National Finals Schools Tournaments – U16 Ann Smart Tournament and U19 Presidents Cup. Christ College have qualified for the U19 Presidents Cup National tournament 15 times over the last 20 years with a best finishing position of 2nd place. Christ College have also represented the County at the U16 Ann Smart National Tournament with a best finishing position – 4th last year.
CCB girls have enjoyed two Netball tours to date; South Africa in 2013, and 2016.
Further development and pathways for individual CCB netballers allow elite players to be selected for Mid Wales Community Pod Squads; Powys County selection; Mid Wales Development Squad; and Welsh Netball Development Squads. Several Christ College netballers have been selected for Welsh development squads and final Welsh trials, with two players gaining Welsh International selection.
Netball is first and foremost a game of participation, which requires a highly developed sense of teamwork. Players have to understand that to be successful they need to combine their individual talents with others in the team; to make allowances for the strengths and weaknesses of others; so that the skills of all are greater and more effective than the skills of one.
Netball demands and relies upon core strength, so contributes effectively to any fitness regime; the game also improves an individual’s balance and co-ordination and contributes in part to the high standard of girls’ sport at Christ College.