Hartpury students confirmed as AoC Premier Netball League champions

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Hartpury College netball players are celebrating yet more success after being confirmed as 2019-20 AoC Sport Premier Netball League champions.

The Hartpury Junior Netball Academy first team have officially been declared as title winners because they had a superior head-to-head record over nearest rivals Exeter College before the season was cut short by Covid-19.

This latest achievement further enhanced an impressive campaign for the team, who were already Gloucestershire County U-19 champions, South West Netball Regional U19 champions, and runners-up at the England Netball National Schools U19 Championships.

In addition, they formed the squad who were named AoC West Midland champions and had also reached the semi-finals of the AoC Sport National Netball Cup and qualified for the AoC Sport National Championships before both events were cancelled due to the pandemic.

Hartpury’s BUCS first team won the Western Tier 3b with an unbeaten season and are currently awaiting final confirmation that they have secured promotion Tier 2b.

Individual honours included international selection for Ellen Morgan, who was named in the Wales senior netball squad, and Nia Evans, Sophie Margetts and Martha Scott, who were named in the Wales U21 netball squad.

During lockdown, the students have remained active and connected through taking part in fundraising activities for the NHS, hosting and sharing their own training sessions on social media channels, and running virtual quiz nights.

They raised £1,715 for the NHS by running the equivalent distance of the length of the UK, with all six squads taking part running 25km each over 10 days.

Nikki Lloyd, Junior Netball Academy Head Coach at Hartpury, said: “I am incredibly proud of this dedicated, talented and hard-working squad.

“They’ve shown a fantastic attitude and commitment that, as well as team honours, has earned them individual recognition at international level and National Performance League U17, U19 and U21 level with Severn Stars and Team Bath.

“This season has been exceptionally successful in all areas, on and off the court, thanks to the positive attitude and commitment from all the student athletes involved and the strong support they receive from their coaches, support staff and families.

“The amount raised by the fundraising activity for the NHS was way above the original £500 target and it even inspired some new runners among the squads!”

As a Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) Dual Career Accredited Site, Hartpury supports student athletes to reach their potential in education alongside achieving success in their sport.

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