At Ipswich School we run 17 netball teams from Year 7 to Year 13, with A, B and C teams up to Year 9 and A and B teams for Year 10 and above. We cater for all abilities of players and hope to involve as many as possible in competitive matches and we have wealth of experienced coaches who run the teams and coach on weekly basis.
All our teams play in the local South Suffolk leagues and tournaments, playing against both state and independent schools. As well as local leagues, we have friendlies against other strong schools in the county. We enter the National Schools Tournaments in the U14, U16 and U19 age groups and achieve places in both county and regional finals. The school's best finish, at the regional finals, was a place in the semi-finals, losing by two goals to the eventual national champions. We also enter the Independent Schools National Cup in the U13, U15 and U19 age groups which involves playing teams around the country on a knock out basis.
In 2012 the school offered its first co-educational sports tour to Malaysia, where the girls played netball against local schools. At Easter this year there will be a girls’ netball tour of South Africa, alongside a boys’ hockey tour.
Ipswich School girls dominate to win county netball finals
The Under 19 netball team from Ipswich School had a clean sweep of wins through both the qualifying round and county finals to be crowned Suffolk champions in November 2011.
The girls won the South Suffolk tournament in October by beating Northgate, Ipswich High, Woodbridge, Kesgrave and Copleston. They maintained this unbeaten run in the county finals by winning all five matches – 15-1 against Hartismere, 18-9 against Ipswich High, 13-6 against County Upper, 14-6 against Culford and 23-0 against Sir John Leman.
Team coach and Ipswich School Head of Netball Sarah Holden said: “The squad worked really well together and totally dominated in every game they played. To win at a tournament by such large margins is difficult and the girls did extremely well to achieve these results, especially beating strong Ipswich High School and Culford teams.”