“I have seen it first hand where all you have to do is turn up at the schools and already the students are on the back foot,” says Lottie Porter, a PE teacher at Great Marlow School. “They walk into double sports halls and automatically they feel like they shouldn’t be there.”
Great Marlow School (GMS) is a non-selective state secondary, geographically positioned in an 11+ area in Buckinghamshire with nearby grammar schools. After five years of dedication towards reaching a first national finals, and plenty of matches regarded as the underdog team, GMS will compete at the Super 6s under-18 finals this week after becoming South Central Indoor champions in November.
“The girls’ commitment to training has been outstanding because they’ve had such a strong desire to get to a national final,” says Porter, who also plays for Buckingham HC.
“They’re always underdogs because the only teams they seem to play against are private or grammar school teams.
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This week, the Super 6s schools and club indoor finals will be staged across the UK.
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