Ahead of an exciting 12 months for the sport, with a World Cup to come on home soil in the summer of 2019, Netball comes to the School Games for the first time with some great teams competing.

Netball is an exciting and fast paced team sport which involves running, jumping, throwing and catching. The game is played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end. Each game features two teams, who attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through its goal ring. 

There are seven players in each team and each are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court. During general play, a player with the ball can hold on to it for only three seconds before shooting for a goal or passing to another player. The winning team is the one that scores the most goals.

The 2019 Netball World Cup, which will be hosted in Liverpool in July, will see fifteen teams attempt to dethrone reigning champions Australia who have only failed to win the tournament on four occasions since it was first hosted in Eastbourne back in 1963. England have not reached the final since 1975, their best performance to date, but will no doubt be desperate to take the top prize for the first time next year. Netball has also appeared at the Commonwealth Games since 1998 with Australia and New Zealand again dominant.

Netball at the 2018 School Games

This year's School Games will feature 12 teams competing over three days of competition. All teams are Under-15 squads, with representation from eight Vitality Netball Superleague teams, London Pulse, Yorkshire and home nations Netball Scotland and Netball Northern Ireland.

The competition will feature four stages, the first two will see four groups of three teams playing in single round robins and final positions will determine the groupings for the next stage of the competition. Stage three will feature three groups of four teams, where groups one and two will be battling for standings to play in placing matches for position’s 1-8, whilst group three will be competing for 9-12. Stage four will be a final placing game for each team to determine the final positions for the competition.

Selection criteria

Download the selection criteria for Netball

What's on


Thursday 30 August 2018

Court 1
18:00 Loughborough Lightning v London Pulse
18:50 Netball Scotland v Yorkshire
19:40 Loughborough Lightning v Netball Northern Ireland
Court 2
18:00 Wasps v Severn Stars
18:50 Manchester Thunder v Team Northumbria
19:40 Wasps v Mavericks

Friday 31 August 2018

Court 1
09:30 Netball Scotland v Team Bath
10:20 London Pulse v Netball Northern Ireland
11:10 Yorkshire v Team Bath
Court 2
09:30 Manchester Thunder v Surrey Storm
10:20 Severn Stars v Mavericks
11:10 Team Northumbria v Surrey Storm

Did you know

  • Netball was first played in England in the 1890s.
  • More than 20 million people play netball in more than 80 countries.
  • At the 2018 School Games, 48 games will be played, which is 1,536 minutes of netball.
  • At the 2018 School Games there is likely to be in excess of 1,500 goals scored!