The Games are made up of three levels of activity: Level 1- competition in schools, Level 2- competition between schools, and Level 3- competition at a county/area level.
Getting the North East region’s Level 2 games off to a fantastic start, was Derwentside in County Durham. Split over 2 days, primary schools came along to The Louisa Centre in Stanley Belle Vue Leisure Centre in Consett, to represent their schools in the local inter-school competitions.
Ailsa White, School Games Organiser for Derwentside, organised and led both days, supported by; England Netball NDO- Fiona Holden, LeisureWorks Ltd. a trust for Sport and the Arts in Derwentside, who hosted both area competitions, and representatives from local netball clubs, Consett Steelers Netball Club and Greencroft Netball Club, who came along to volunteer their time, to coach and umpire on both days. Young leaders from Consett Academy were in attendance, taking on many roles, such as coaches and team managers and also offered competitor and staff support.
Through consultation with local primary schools it was agreed that both days would comprise of coaching and competition. With morning coaching sessions run by the local netball club representatives and young leaders, then in the afternoon the tightly fought High 5 netball competition took place. Teams were split into groups and played a round robin format. Winners from the groups will now come together to play a level 2 area final, where the winning school will go through to the County Durham Level 3 School Games to represent Derwentside area.
Well done to all school who took part and a special thank you to Consett Steelers Netball Club, Greencroft Netball Club and LesiureWorks Ltd. for their support.
Teams going through to the Level 2 final:
- Stanley: Greenland A, Dipton St. Patrick’s, Burnopfield A and Burnopfield B.
- Consett: Ebchester, Leadgate A, St. Mary’s Blackhill and Burnhope.