Head of Netball: Mrs Hannah Marchant
Netball is thriving at Bancroft’s school with training and matches being played regularly throughout the autumn and spring terms. Bancroft’s has an excellent reputation for netball within Essex Met County, the region and also at national level with many of our pupils excelling in the county and regional netball academy pathways. Our aim is to provide the opportunity for all to participate in netball, in an enjoyable environment whilst pursuing excellence at a high level.
We have a very strong fixture card against some of the best netball schools in the area and provide competition for a wide range of our pupils. Fixtures are played during the week and on Saturdays where each age group is able to have an A, B, C team, with D and E teams also in the U12 and U13 age groups. Training is held weekly for all age groups in the Spring Term and our National Squad begins training in the autumn term; there is strong expertise in the coaching staff with a coach provided for each team.
The Senior School enters local, regional and national outdoor competitions for the girls at every age group. We also enter county and national knockout cup competitions; in 2018 our Senior 1st team made it to the quarter finals of the Essex Cup and SMILES Independent Schools’ Netball Plate, as well as reaching the regional rounds of the National Schools’ Tournament. We have aspirations of progressing much further in national rounds. Our U14s also progressed through to the quarter finals in the Essex Cup competition and made it through to the regional round of National Schools. We have access to one outdoor and one indoor court on-site and seven netball courts at our offsite location, West Grove, not far from school. The School has many pupils representing local clubs and playing in local leagues. We also have a handful of pupils entering both the Benecos Mavericks and Surrey Storm youth performance pathways.
Recent highlights include:
U14/U16/U19 Regional Finalists: Every year from 2012 to 2017
U16 Regional Finalists: Every year from 2012 to 2016
U12 Essex cup finals: 2013
ISNC: U15 ¼ finals 2015, U13 semi-finals 2014
The girls also get to experience on overseas tours with the most recent trips visiting Singapore and Malaysia in the summer of 2016 and South Africa in 2013. This year the juniors will enjoy a five day trip to Holland where they will receive expert Netball coaching and top class competition. There is also a Senior Tour to Barbados in the Summer 2019.