Edge Grove Pupils Play Netball In The Caribbean

Local independent prep school Edge Grove, has recently welcomed home a group of its Year Five and Year Eight girls who travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to the beautiful Caribbean islands of St Vincent and The Grenadines to compete in the school's’ first ever netball tour.

Accompanied by two teachers and a team coach, the girls gained valuable insight into life in St Vincent, meeting local school girls from three other schools in the region and contributing to what was an amazing cultural experience for the Edge Grove pupils.

The girls trained every day in 30 degree heat and developed their team skills and technique further. They played against three other schools including Richland Park Primary School, Layou Primary School and Buccament Bay Primary School, as well as against Maple Youths Netball Club, with teams consisting of players that were aged 18 years.

Ben Evans, Headmaster at Edge Grove School spoke of the experience: “This was an amazing opportunity for the girls, competing with teams of 18 year olds was pretty daunting for our younger team but they played with style and enthusiasm nonetheless.”

Sophie Philips, Head of Girls’ Games at Edge Grove, spoke of the impressive skills of the Edge Grove team: “Our girls learned a lot from the tall, skilful players in St Vincent as they discovered the need to jump much higher to shoot and send powerful passes; we are immensely proud of their spirit and passion.”

Upon arrival, the pupils settled into their villas and were ready for training the very next morning. When they weren’t playing or training they were able to enjoy swimming and activities on the beach as well as take part in drama and singing workshops in the resort. The girls also impressed the Windmill Theatre staff with their spirit and talent and performed in a concert for the other resort guests on one of the evenings.

Meeting the local school girls gave the pupils the opportunity to ask questions and to gain a small insight into life in St Vincent. The local schools were also very appreciative of the netball gifts that were presented to them by the Edge Grove pupils.

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