Netball has been played at Cranleigh since the arrival of the girls in the Sixth Form back in the 80’s. Many players go on to play at University and numerous current pupils represent County or Regional academies. It is the main sport for girls during the Lent term. The courts are a hive of activity every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoon, when more than 170 girls are either training or involved in a full programme of fixtures. We run a total of 18 teams, which includes four senior teams, four U16 teams, five U15 teams and five U14 teams. Sport for all is a crucial part of our ethos so competitive match play for all of these team is what we strive for. The majority of the matches take place on Saturday afternoons but will also include some weekday fixtures in order to find the best opposition for our range of abilities.
Although Netball is predominantly a Lent term sport at Cranleigh, A-team squad sessions are organised in the preseason term to help with preparations for the County and National tournaments (which happen in October and November).
The School’s two indoor and eight outdoor courts, all of which have been surfaced to the highest specifications, are centrally located on two sites within the main school. We also have access to two additional courts on our Prep School site.
As well as taking part in inter-school fixtures, the top teams in all age groups take part in county competition where we regularly reach the final stages.
Many girls go on to play an excellent standard of University and Club Netball. Most recently Hebe Westcott (OC 2013) played for the winning Oxford University side in a very tense and close Varsity match; Rhiannon Baldwin was also representing Cranleigh netball as captain of Oxford’s second team.
The school’s coaching team is led by Sian Parry; who has been coaching on the England Netball Excel pathway since 2007 and has worked with the Surrey Storm National Talent League (NPL) Squad as Team Manager since 2010. Before joining Cranleigh Sian was working for the Youth Sports Trust as a Sports Coordinator and School Sports Netball Coach; during these three year posts she worked with over 50 schools to improve the quality of Netball and the coaching they were receiving.
There is a wealth of experience in the coaching team including an ex-international player, Sally McLaughlin, Jenny Pimm, Sam Houghton and Anna Smuts. In addition to this we regularly invite guest coaches to come and work with our teams.