North East Regional Netball Tournament

On Saturday 25th January, Whitburn Church of England Academy Year 9 pupils represented Durham as County Champions at the Under 14 competition at the North East  Regional Netball tournament at Gateshead Leisure Centre.
 
This was the first time that Whitburn had managed to reach the regional netball championships.  The team had previously won the Under 14 qualifying round in South Tyneside and then went out to win the County Durham Championship in order to qualify for the North East regional finals.  The girls came up against a number of established, experienced teams from around the North East region.
 
Whitburn certainly left a mark on the tournament by finishing 4th place out of 8 teams.  Hard work from the coach, Mrs Rush and the  players gave them invaluable experience for future competitions. “The girls are an absolute credit to the Academy and I am very proud of them” said Mrs Rush, who has been coaching the team since the pupils were in Year 7.