Grantham schools compete in netball match for Rifles charity

The teams from KGGS and King's.
The teams from KGGS and King's.
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A girls versus boys charity netball match between Kesteven Grantham Girls’ School and King’s School took place on Monday.

It was organised by KGGS Year 13 pupils Tabitha Swatton and Miho Ara in order to raise money for The Rifles ‘Care for Casualities’ Appeal.

Tabitha Swatton, left, and Miho Ara organised the charity netball match.

Tabitha Swatton, left, and Miho Ara organised the charity netball match.

The friends, both aged 18, have been coming up with a number of fundraising initiatives as Miho’s older brother Kenji is a member of the 2nd Battalion The Rifles, who are set to be deployed to Afghanistan this summer as part of the Kabul support unit.

By charging player entry fees and selling cakes they raised just over £300 on the day, to add to the £1,200 the girls have already collected through previous cake stalls, non-uniform days at school and by selling flowers and the charity’s wrist bands.

To get into the spirit of the game some of the King’s School players even wore dresses, although in the end they were beaten 13-9 by KGGS.

Tabitha said: “The event was yet another fun and successful one to raise money for such an important charity. We would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported us. We are extremely proud to have raised the money and beating King’s was definitely a bonus!”

Tabitha and Miho were joined in the KGGS team by Gaby Titley-Wilson, Tasha Cramner-Brown, Kirstin Barney, Clara Cole, Eve White, Evie Cotton, Issy Brewin, Alice Macgowan, Clare Lawrence, and Elysia Herbert, while Sam Stedman, Callum Granger, Luke Fidler, Will Parsons, Alex Ingram, Sunny Naysmith, Jack Carrington, William Cleasby, Charles Cotton and Henry Shippey played for King’s.