Yarm School is celebrating after two of its netball teams reached the finals of a national netball competition.

The U16 and U19 netball squads have qualified for the National Schools Netball Competition, the biggest schools’ competition in the netball calendar, and will represent the North East.

The fantastic results came after a series of thrilling matches at the England Netballs National Regional tournament at the Beacon of Light in Sunderland. The U16s played seven games to qualify and the U19s reaching their success after six games, with both teams only losing one match.

Alex Elwine, 18, a pupil at Yarm School and Team Captain of the U19s squad, said: “We wanted to represent the Tees Valley in the best possible way by reaching the national finals, but knew that it would be a challenge with tough competition to beat. We are delighted to have qualified and are now training hard and looking forward to representing the North East in the finals in March.”

Both teams are now through to the last 18 schools in the country and will play in the finals at Stanborough School in Welwyn Garden City on 16th March.

Headmaster David Dunn said: “This is a fantastic achievement, and the first time we have had two squads qualify. We are very proud of our teams, their commitment and hard work, and they deserve every success.

“At Yarm School, sport and activities outside of the academic environment are very important and provide our pupils with self-confidence, interpersonal skills and interests that will carry through to their working and personal lives.”

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Editor’s Notes:

Yarm School, a co-educational day school, is situated in the attractive and historic town of Yarm on a beautiful stretch of the River Tees. It was established in 1978 to provide high quality education for pupils aged 11 to 18. It has its own Preparatory School for boys and girls aged 7 to 10, a Pre-Prep for boys and girls aged four to six years and a Nursery for three-year-olds.

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