School Sport: Marshalls Park pupils 'do themselves proud' at nationals
PUBLISHED: 09:14 28 March 2017
Volleyball squad impress on first-ever trip to finals
Marshalls Park under-15 boys did themselves proud at the National Schools’ Volleyball Championships in Kettering at the weekend.
Having qualified through the regional finals earlier in the year, the Romford pupils travelled to the National Volleyball Centre to compete against 10 other schools.
And they got off to a fine start, beating Nottingham Rockets in straight sets in their first match, before losing 21-16 in their next match to one of the eventual Super Six finalists.
The meeting with Redhill proved very close, with Marshalls taking the first set but then being made to pay for some errors in the second set.
A 2-0 loss to Tettenhall Tigers in their hardest test of the day saw Marshalls finish third in their group, which produced two of the three qualifiers for the Super Sixes.
PE teacher Paul Aylett said: “It was an amazing experience. To play, and see good volleyball being played at this level will stand us on good stead for next year.
“Playing a year up was a good way to develop the squad. I’m very proud of the boys and they should be very proud of themselves.
“It was the first time a Marshalls Park school had qualified for this round and parents also joined us for the weekend which was fantastic. Having different stakeholders of the school together is something we don’t get to do.
“The parental support for the weekend was fantastic and showed what a great community Marshalls Park has.”