16 teams from Primary Schools across Nithsdale took part in the Active Schools and Community Sport Fun5z Netball Festival at Maxwelltown High School.

More than 110 girls participated in the 4th annual netball tournament.

Due to the increased numbers of girls playing netball, this year a development section was introduced to enable new teams and coaches to build skills.

The Dumfries Blues netball club talent spotted at the event and invited girls to attend their training.

Development Tournament Results:

1st – Lincluden
2nd– Brownhall
3rd – St Ninian’s B

Festival Tournament Results
1st – Cargenbridge A
2nd – Heathhall
3rd – Cargenbridge B

In addition to the new festival format, a netball league was established in partnership with local Netball Scotland coach Andrea Hegarty, and ran from October 2016 to May 2017. 14 teams from 10 schools took part in this league, with 184 games being played. Andrea provided prizes.

Nithsdale Netball League Results
1st -Cargenbridge
2nd -Heathhall
3rd – St Ninian’s

Councillor Jeff Leaver, chair of the Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee, said: “It’s really encouraging to see this event grow and develop year on year. This targeted girls only event supports our commitment to address inequalities and increase the number of young people becoming more active, healthier and confident individuals. Thank you to Andrea Haggerty for all her support and coaching, to all the umpires, and all the volunteers at clubs in local schools. Without their invaluable input, we couldn’t have events such as this.”