Disability netball festival success

Woolgrove from Letchworth GC was the local entrant at the recent Primary School Disability Netball Festival. It took place at the Herts Sports Village last Monday with four other moderate learning difficulty schools – The Collet, Dacorum; Colnbrook School

Woolgrove from Letchworth GC was the local entrant at the recent Primary School Disability Netball Festival.

It took place at the Herts Sports Village last Monday with four other moderate learning difficulty schools - The Collet, Dacorum; Colnbrook School, Watford; Middleton, Ware; and Southfield, Hatfield - also there.

Sixty children, five coaches and a number of teachers were involved.

The morning was divided into warm-ups and coaching stations before the games began.


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A round robin competition which took place saw Woolgrove finish as runner-up for both teams A and B; each player received a medal and certificate.

Paula Leonard, netball development officer for the Herts Sports Partnership, said: "We had an absolutely fantastic day. The children, teachers and coaches all worked extremely hard and enjoyed themselves immensely.

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"The atmosphere was exhilarating and everyone really enjoyed the day."

This event was made possible due to the Herts Netball Association receiving a grant of £5,000 for disability netball in the county from Awards for All.

The Herts Sports Partnership added to this grant by providing a much-needed equipment grant.

Five coaches were involved in attending curriculum sessions over a number of weeks with the culmination this primary school festival.

Secondary schools were also included in the coaching sessions and it is hoped that a Hertfordshire representative team will attend the Marion Smith Disability Championships (an England Netball event) in June.

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