Netball is one of Oakham’s major sports in the Spring Term. We give 300 girls the opportunity to represent the School in inter-school fixtures with a typical week seeing 20 fixtures played from U11 through to 1st VII levels against opponents such as Oundle, Repton, Trent and Bromsgrove.
Our experienced team of 12 coaches, which includes former internationals and a strong home team, works hard to develop and nurture the girls. There are many opportunities for girls to compete in national age group competitions at U19, U16 and U14 levels. Many girls go on to play netball at varying levels outside School, including Loughborough Lightning Academies and local clubs, with a strong cohort every year representing university teams across the country.
Oakham netballers enjoy excellent facilities with 9 courts used for training and matches. Preparation for the national competitions begins out of season in the Winter Term with senior players working on strength and conditioning. Pre-season training for all age groups begins in January before the start of the Spring Term. Many of our junior players have had a taste of Oakham netball either through our Prep Schools Tournament, or through the Friday afternoon netball activity option in the Winter Term.
Our team of coaches use a wide array of coaching techniques, developing all players through enjoyable and stimulating drills and dynamic game-related practices. Senior players are challenged by demanding and exciting styles of play and gain much from their interaction with current Super League players.
The pinnacle for many of our netballers is the opportunity to tour overseas in the major sports tour Oakham runs every three years, and pit their skills against some of the best netball playing schools in the world. In recent years the girls have travelled to New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.