THE boys of Reading Blue Coat School took on a challenge from the girls’ first netball team, which took the form of a lunchtime grudge match in the Sports Hall.
The idea for the game came from an A-level PE outing to a premiership netball match following a trip to Bath University.
The Year 12 boys were full of praise for the pace, quality and skills on display at the match - but the girls wanted more than just respect, and laid down a challenge for the boys to take them on in a match. The school’s netball coach, Claire Dance, said: “The boys thought they had the skills and agility to be exceptional at this sport. Beating the girls would be a breeze.... Or so they thought.”
Mrs Dance put the boys through their paces before the showdown, which meant mostly learning the rules. On the day, a nervous field of girls took to the court, wondering whether the boys might be as good as they said they were.
With Will Martin standing at 6ft-5ins and many of the other boys over six feet, their nerves were understandable. But wise words from the coach calmed the girls and they were ready to show the boys and the gathering crowd how the sport should be played.