Six Leeds Diocese primary schools came to Notre Dame on June 29 to take part in the ‘A’ final of the prestigious Bishop Roche Cup netball competition.
This competition began in 2011 when the headteacher of Holy Family Primary School Peter McQuillen Strong realised there wasn’t a netball cup for primary schools in Leeds. He approached the Bishop of Leeds Arthur Roche – now Prefect of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, who will be elevated to the rank of Cardinal in August 2022 – to sponsor the competition.
This year, the schools taking part were St Urban's, St Mary's, St Paul's, St Theresa's, Our Lady's, and St Anthony's. This year, for the first time, St Paul’s won.
Teacher of Sport and PE Julie Kavanagh, who coordinates the Cup’s ‘A’ final, said, "After a two-year break from hosting the Bishop Roche trophy due to COVID-19 restrictions it was great to welcome back the successful ‘A’ final schools. It's a great opportunity for the girls to be involved in netball and in a competition which has seen many participants eventually play the sport and represent the college, when they become members of the Notre Dame community."
Special thanks go to the college students who gave up their time to help the event run smoothly: Hannah Murphy, Abigail Lomotos, Annie Lockwood, Ose Smart, Eva Curren, Caitlin McQuillen Strong, Emily Driscoll, Ashley Kamga and Diana Marin.
Some of these volunteers are pictured above with Peter McQuillen Strong.