During November, the Bedford Modern School U14 and U19 netball teams became County Champions in the National Schools Competition. This follows an extremely successful academic year for netball in 2021-22, in which the U11, U12, U13 and U14 BMS teams were named County Champions.
Organised by England Netball, the National Schools Competition is a way to encourage netball participation in schools across the country whilst determining a national winner in three age groups: the U14, U16 and U19 categories.
The U19 County Round was held at Bedford Academy on Tuesday 08 November. The BMS team won four games of the five that they played and emerged victorious in the final, winning by four goals.
A week afterwards the U14 tournament took place at the same venue. Here, the BMS team played six games, winning five and drawing in one before ultimately triumphing in the final. Five members of the squad were also part of the winning BMS hockey team at the Tier 2 Regional Tournament the day, and despite being tired from this feat, they put in a tremendous amount of hard work during every one of their netball games.
Both squads will now go through to compete in the Regional Round, which will be held at Stanborough School on Saturday 28 January. Here they will play against teams from across the Eastern region who have been victorious in their own County Rounds. Specially trained scouts will also be in attendance, looking out for exceptional players who may be appropriate for the National Talent programme for potential England players.
Sam Brightman, Head of Netball at BMS, said: “I am so proud of both squads for their fantastic achievements through the autumn term. This will be the first time in five years that BMS will take two squads to the regional tournament. The girls have their sights set firmly on performing well in January and the hard work has already started! I can’t wait to see what they can achieve in the upcoming netball term.”