The netball at KES is progressing year on year with us now competing both individually and as teams at a very competitive level.
On a yearly basis we enter 3 teams into the national schools tournament; U14, U16 & U19. The U19s use this opportunity to play competitively but with their friends and is dependant on the senior age group from year to year deciding on their entry.
In previous years both the U14 & U16 age groups have been very successful when entering the national schools competition. Both teams often progress through the county round of the tournament to the regional round which is held in Farnborough. In the more recent years both age groups have progressed to the regional round and in 2019 the U16s went through as winners of the county round. As a school KES has also progressed to the national finals of this competition proving to be a great experience for all involved and having support from students, parents and staff alike.
In 2019 the U13s & U15s took part in the ISNC national cup. This is a knock out style competition and after both age groups getting off to a strong start in the tournament unfortunately being knocked out but this meant both teams were then entered in to the plate. After having some close losses being knocked out from the cup the girls in both teams came fighting back and both progressed to the final of the plate. The U13s had a home draw for the final in which there was plenty of support from staff, parents & pupils with the U15s having an away draw for their final but this didn't stop the support from parents travelling to Manchester to watch the game.
Both teams did the school and staff extremely proud, the U13s had extra time but after significant words from Mr Powell on team work and determination the girls came away winning by 2 clear goals. The U15s led strongly from the start of their final and gave 100% all the way to the final whistle therefore joining the U13s in both being crowned as ISNC national plate WINNERS!!
Amongst the netball players at KES we are very fortunate to have some highly experienced and skilful players who represent either Surrey Storm or Team Bath at academies across the South and South West with some of these girls progressing to trial for the U15, U17, U19 & U21 NPL teams for their respective franchises.