Netball at King's is an enthusiastically-led major game. We run successful senior and junior sides, and cater for players of all year groups and abilities. Our training sessions are run by passionate coaches, made up of teachers, support staff and outside coaches. The external coaches support both the juniors and seniors once a week. On a Tuesday and Thursday we offer structured and comprehensive skills training, fitness drills and match practice. On a Wednesday and Saturday the competitive sides have either matches or match training. In the Michaelmas Term, we run pre-season training at least once a week for our senior 1st and 2nd teams as well as the U14 A team.
We have qualified umpires and Level 1 and 2 qualified coaches, and fully support and encourage our coaches to train annually to keep them up-to-date with changes within the game.
We had new facilities build in September 2013, and now have five side-by-side netball courts on the main site, with a cover being introduced in 2016/2017.
There are four or five senior teams and U14 and U15 A, B and C teams. We play approximately 10 block fixtures in the season. Our teams are always entered into local tournaments as well as the National Independent School competition. Our senior girls have made it through to the regionals at both U19 and U16 levels consistently for the last four years.
Overseas tours have been a regular feature – within the last 10 years we have been to Singapore and Malaysia, Barbados and South Africa, and Jamaica. In addition to this we host touring sides.
We encourage the more gifted girls to play additional netball by allowing them to attend a local club for evening training (Galmington Netball Club). We also start the girls on the talent identification and development programme, which aims to support talented athletes, helping them to reach their full potential and continue along the pathway to a national level. The programme is set out by England Netball and referred to at regional level as the 'Somerset Netball Academy'.