Our thanks to Nigel for this. Extracts:
Pupils at the school have criticised the move.
“Netball isn’t just for girls, it’s for boys and girls,” said Mason, 10.
“If they’re taking away netball from the boys, why don’t they take a sport away from the girls?”
Ryley, also 10, said the move deprived boys of a new sport, adding: “I’m normally a football person, but I wanted to try something different.”
“If girls are allowed to play football, why can’t boys play netball?” said Florence, 10… [J4MB: Florence, that’s totally the WRONG sort of equality.]
Welsh Netball’s chief executive Sarah Jones said the rules of netball state it can be played by same gender or mixed gender teams.
But she added: “Netball is one of the few team sports to attract girls and women to participate in particularly large numbers, which contributes to address the global disparity in sports participation.”
Ms Jones said there had never been a demand for boy to play before, calling this “a whole new territory”.
“I think it’s an exciting time for the sport, that it is now starting to attract the attention of boys,” she said.
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