Netball will be included in the national School Games Finals for the first time in 2018!
The multi-sport event, which showcases the most talented school-age athletes, will once again take place at Loughborough University.
Ahead of a particularly exciting 18 months for the sport, with the Netball World Cup on home soil in the summer of 2019, netball is one of five new events and will feature 12 teams competing over three days of competition.
All of the teams are Under-15 squads, with representation from eight Vitality Netball Superleague teams, London Pulse, Yorkshire and home nations Netball Scotland and Netball Northern Ireland.
The competition will feature four stages, the first two will see four groups of three teams playing in single round robins and final positions will determine the groupings for the next stage of the competition.
Stage three will feature three groups of four teams, where groups one and two will be battling for standings to play in placing matches for positions 1-8, whilst group three will be competing for 9-12.
Stage four will be a final placing game for each team to determine the final positions for the competition.
That means a total of 48 games (1,536 minutes of netball) will be played at the 2018 School Games and there is likely to be in excess of 1,500 goals scored!
Tickets are now available for school groups and the general public – so don’t miss out on this thrilling weekend of sport!
This year, the organisers are introducing ‘Team Up’ tickets. These tickets will allow ticket holders to spectate at Cricket, Hockey and Netball throughout the day.
For further information and to purchase tickets, head to the official School Games Finals website.
For more information on the TeamUp initiative between the England and Wales Cricket Boards (ECB), England Hockey and England Netball, head to the official website.