Marathon effort from young fundraisers

The St John's College youngsters who took part in the 10-hour netball marathon
The St John's College youngsters who took part in the 10-hour netball marathon
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GIRLS from St John’s College jumped through hoops for charity – by taking part in a 10-hour netball marathon.

Forty-five youngsters from the Southsea college took to the courts as they aimed to raise more than £2,000 for Children in Need.

The girls, ranging from Year 7 to sixth form, began their marathon session at 9am with a warm-up, followed by a variety of netball activities and matches – and didn’t stop playing until 7pm

The schedule included 45 minutes of drills and skills, a shooting competition, relay races, defending and attacking master classes, and three tournaments – one of which was in fancy dress.

Even lunchtime was an opportunity to raise more money, as cakes and sweets were sold for charity by staff to all participants and supporters.

Over £1,200 has been collected so far, with more on the way.

Minky Buckland, who plays centre and wing-defence in the under-15 squad, took part in last year’s marathon to raise money for Comic Relief so knew what to expect.

The 14-year-old said: ‘It was great fun, but tiring.

‘I didn’t do much more than eat and go to bed when I got home.’

Fellow team member Caragh O’Shaughnessy, is also 14, and plays centre and wing-attack in the school’s under-15 squad.

She added: ‘I hope to raise about £40 for Children In Need.

‘And I really enjoyed the fancy dress match we had.

‘We all dressed up to a spotty theme this year. Year 7s were Minnie Mouse, Year 8s dressed up as leopards, Year 9s as the popular spotty game Twister, and Year 10s were Ladybirds.’

Miss Brown, who co-ordinated the day’s events, came first in the shooting competition – despite the girls trying their hardest to get the teacher out.

Clemmie Bridges, who was celebrating her birthday on the same day, was delighted to win the second round of the competition.

The fastest player title was awarded to Year 9 pupil Matilde Wear.

And the Green Team – which comprised pupils from different squads – won the versatility tournament.

The Year 9 squad took the highly-coveted best fancy dress title, with their attempts at looking like a Twister play mat.

n Everyone from around the netball courts would like to wish Shooting Stars coach/umpire/player Clair Buckland goodbye and good luck on her upcoming travels.