The next generation of NSW netballers will be out on court when Netball NSW’s brand new competition for primary-aged students, Schools Cup, kicks off on Thursday 14 March in Dubbo.
The Netball NSW Schools Cup is a new initiative by Netball NSW to provide New South Wales primary school students in years five and six with the opportunity to enjoy netball in a fun and safe environment.
Dubbo will host 192 players aged 10 to 11 years old representing 12* primary schools from around the West/Central West region. The teams will contest Phase 1 of the competition – Schools Cup Local Day – with teams travelling up to four hours one way to contest the tournament.
The West/Central West ‘Schools Cup Local Day’ is split into two pools, with eight teams going head-to-head in each group. Teachers from each attending school will also get involved in the action, by hitting the court to umpire all 48 matches played throughout the day.
Netball NSW’s West/Central West regional coordinator Claudia Keady is excited about the inaugural Schools Cup in Dubbo.
“This is the first time that Netball NSW has introduced a competition specifically catering for those younger players aged 10 to 11 years old, which will help promote participation in netball throughout regional areas,” Keady said.
“Hopefully hosting Schools Cup will encourage players to sign up at their local Association so we can continue to grow netball in regional NSW. At the end of the day, it’s all about the kids being active and having fun!”
School teams will compete in round robin carnivals in their local area called ‘Schools Cup Local Days’ from March to August, with overall winners from each ‘Local Day’ progressing to a Schools Cup ‘Regional Final’**.
Victorious teams from these Regional Finals will advance to the Netball NSW Schools Cup State Final, to be held at Anne Clark Centre, Lidcombe on Wednesday 18 September, 2013.
* Participating schools; Bourke Public, Gilgandra Public, Macquarie, Orana Heights Dubbo (two teams), St Joey’s, St Mary’s Dubbo (two teams), St Pius (Dolphins & Sharks), St John’s Cobar, St John’s Trangie, St Mary’s Warren, Warren Central School and Wellington Public School.