Queen Ethelburga’s is an exceptional environment for netballers of all ages to develop skills and strive for their future goals, both academically and athletically. At QE, there is a term-based netball curriculum designed to encourage participation for fun but we also offer opportunities to be involved in netball beyond the curriculum from Years 3 to 13, through lunchtime and after-school activities which run throughout the school year. These sessions are aimed at encouraging and providing all students with the opportunity to enjoy the basic, fundamental skills of netball.
The school enjoys competitive netball at all levels with students taking part in an extensive fixture programme of matches against local and regional schools and clubs. At senior level, students can participate in strong competitive fixtures against other schools in local, regional and national tournaments.
We strive to ensure that each netballer develops skills to maximise their full potential. Students can take full advantage of one-to-one coaching, strength and conditioning programmes, nutritional advice, physiotherapy and massage, all in order to meet their individual developmental needs. Some students take their training another step further and are engaged on a Performance Sports Programme (PSP), where a higher level of individual learning is undertaken.
Team QE’s Netball U19s currently hold the prestigious 2019 National Schools Competition title and the Yorkshire Regional title.
Present and former students have earned selection to county, regional and national netball teams and have represented England U17s, England U19s and Ireland U17s. They have also played in the Vitality Netball Super League, Netball Performance League (NPL) U21 and NPL teams and premier club netball teams.
Mrs Hyndman-Bessell is the Lead Netball Coach at Queen Ethelburga’s. She has an international Level 3 Coaching Qualification and more than 30 years of coaching experience.
Mrs Hyndman-Bessell is currently coaching in the Vitality Super League competition and is a former Head Coach for the Wales International Team. She achieved the highest climb in World rankings of any coach, by taking Wales from nineteenth in the world, to eighth in the world. She also steered the Welsh franchise team, the Celtic Dragons, to the Super League Grand Final in 2012. Prior to this, Mrs Hyndman-Bessell successfully coached the Fiji National Netball Team, leading the highest ranking for the Under 21 team at the World Youth Championships in Rarotonga in 2009.
Mrs Hyndman-Bessell is supported in her role, by Coach Miss Keenan, who currently represents Loughborough Lightning in the Vitality Super League. Miss Keenan has been competing in the league since 2013, with the Yorkshire Jets, before moving to Team Northumbria. A New Zealand Emerging Talent Squad member 2010-2011 and a Cook Island National Netball player, Miss Keenan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to QE students.
QE has close links with Netball Yorkshire. A number of students attend the North Yorkshire County Pathway Programme during the winter, which is based at QE. In the senior school, many students are involved with Leeds Rhinos, Loughborough Lightning and Team Northumbria performance academies. Students also play a selection of international schools as they tour the UK.
QE provides a total of 14 high-quality netball courts across campus: 10 outdoor and floodlit courts, three indoor courts and a full-sized international standard court with ample spectator seating. Find out more, here.