St John’s College rise to the challenge

St John's College netball squad
St John's College netball squad
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THE St John’s College netballers once again rose to the challenge with their latest fund-raising initiative.

After the squad swam the distance of the English Channel last year in aid of Sport Relief, they were at it again.

But this time the focus was on netball, netball and more netball.

The College squad took part in a 10-hour netball marathon and raised more than £2000 for Comic Relief.

The challenge, which took place in the school sports hall, started at 9am and finished with a fancy dress tournament at 7pm.

Girls aged 11 in year 7 through to 18 year olds in year 13 all played their part.

The charity event was organised by PE teacher Kelly Brown, at the co-educational independent school in Southsea.

Throughout the day players took part in activities to improve their skills, fitness levels and, most importantly, have fun.

And the fundraiser also provided an excellent opportunity for team building and new friendships.

Players started with fitness tests in the morning before they took part in a skills-and-drills session.

Groups of pupils worked to improve their footwork, throwing, passing and defending.

Versatility tournaments allowed for pupils to play every position – ensuring mixed-ability teams and allowing players to try new positions.

Other activities included a shooting competition, a circuit training session and a fancy dress tournament.

The fancy dress was certainly the highlight of the day.

Teams took part, dressed as ducks, sheep, pigs, cows and farmers.

Brown said: ‘The girls put in a great deal of effort with their costumes, which made sure the tournament was entertaining.

‘I am incredibly proud of all the netballers here at St John’s College.

‘It was so fantastic to see all the girls of varying ages playing netball together, encouraging and motivating each other.

‘They certainly rose to the challenge.

‘Special mentions go to Melissa Powell, Georgia Palmer-Goddard and Zephra Sprott-Atkins who were our top-three fundraisers.

‘The girls were an absolute credit to the school, parents and themselves.’

The school supports many charities and students take part in fund-raising events throughout the year.