Sport at KES

Netball Tours

At KES we run sports tours as it shows huge improvement not only on the netball court but also with team cohesion and understanding of each other. Whilst away on tour the girls will experience the culture of where they are visiting as well as playing a lot of netball in which they have to adapt playing styles in between in each match. 

Below is an extract from an U13 who attended the tour to Belfast:

In October, a group of girls and I went to Belfast in Northern Ireland for a Netball tour, and it was one of the best trips that I have ever been on. On the first day we arrived, after we landed, we had an exciting training session with a Netball NI player, which got our heads into the upcoming match against Regent house school. She gave us many tips and helpful feedback on our netball playing, which definitely helped us improve, before we set off to play Regent House School. After the match, we transferred back to the Holiday Inn Belfast Centre, where we would stay for three nights.

In the morning of the second day, we had a delicious breakfast, and headed to the Titanic museum, where we had a self-guided tour, and learned many interesting things about this incredible sunken ship. After that, the girls and I had the opportunity to walk into town, grab some lunch, and even do a bit of shopping! Following this, we played Wallace High School, and both teams took away some things to learn, before our final match the following day. We came back to the hotel, and enjoyed some downtime before a buzzing night of bowling, along with a delicious buffet, dinner and drinks.

The next day, the girls and I had some more time in town, before we headed off to our final match against Our Lady and St Patrick’s College Knock, which was an exciting game, as we were all playing our absolute best after the experience from the previous matches. Next, we used up all of the rest of our energy by going to Lagan Valley leisure complex, where we had an hour of water slide fun! Once we came back to the hotel, everyone got ready in their outfits and face paint for the Halloween party in the evening, of which we were all excited for. The evening was filled with games, competition, and of course, tasty finger food.

The following morning, we packed our bags ready to get on our flight in the evening, and went to The Giants Causeway, where we marvelled at the incredible views, and learned more about the spectacular land formations, as well as the myth behind it. After that, the girls and I ate lunch at a restaurant overlooking the sea, and we were all a bit upset that this brilliant trip couldn’t last longer! Everyone had some free time on the beach, before we transferred back the Belfast City airport, to go home.

We all learned so much on this Belfast Netball Tour, and we have all improved in such a short time, with the KES A Team winning two of their three matches, and the B Team winning one. It was such a brilliant opportunity, and was simply great fun!