In a year where the proportion of students receiving top grades was the lowest seen since 2007, Canford pupils have once again bucked the trend with excellent results at both A Level and Pre-U.
Netball is played as a core team sport in the Easter Term although district and county tournaments, along with the early rounds of the National Independent Schools Cup are played in the Christmas term. The school has six outdoor courts and two indoor courts so can host comprehensive block fixtures as well as county tournaments.
Heading the coaching team is the newly appointed Director of Netball, Lucy Read, current Viper10 National League player & former Celtic Dragons Super League player.
At least 12 teams regularly compete against schools drawn from a very competitive fixture list, such as PGS, Marlborough, Bryanston, , King’s Taunton and Wellington. The school concentrates on the principles of attack and defence. In training, players focus on understanding why they would choose a particular skill and how best to implement it into a game situation, both at an individual and team level.
Canford encourages breadth and excellence, aiming to strive for County, Regional and National team representation. The U15 & U19 teams are entered into the Independent Schools Netball Cup and in the 2016-17 season reached the semifinal and quarter final stage respectively. The U19, U16 and U14 teams regularly qualify through to the South West Championships as either Dorset winners or runner up. Canford is the training venue for the Poole Satellite Academy and Dorset County squad and each year a significant number of Canford girls are involved in these groups.