Aylesbury High School’s netballers are officially the best in the UK for the first time ever after winning the National Finals.
The High School’s Under 14 squad had earned their place in the finals with excellent performances in the local and regional rounds, but were up against the cream of the crop in windy conditions at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
More than 1,000 people watched 54 teams play in three age groups. The High started off promisingly, with seven wins out of eight games in their group to qualify for the semi-finals where they played Wellington College and beat them 10-8 in a very close tussle.
In the finals they were up against GSAL, an independent school from Leeds, and played brilliantly to win 11-8.
Emily Sillence, the team’s coach, paid tribute to their ‘fantastic teamwork’ and ability to perform so strongly through 10 tough games against England’s top teams.
It is the first time that Aylesbury High School has been national netball champions and follows similar success for the cross-country team earlier in the year.
Sport is flourishing at the school which was recognised last month in School Sport Magazine as the 11th best in the country, the top girls’ school and the best in Bucks, based on 20 different sports across 120 national competitions.
However, it is not only competitive sport which has a high profile at Aylesbury High School – this Friday sees Sports Relief events for all, including benchball, aerobics and ‘A Mile in a Onesie’!