AFTER winning their own competition, young netballers are now motivated more than ever to cheer on the England team in the forthcoming world cup.

Talented netball players from Alderley Edge School for Girls were crowned winners in their age category at the Vitality Netball World Cup Legacy’s North West School Tournament.

The event saw youngsters from across the region unite, with each school representing a different country competing in this year’s main event.

More than 300 schoolchildren took part at Liverpool Tennis Centre.

Lynda McConville, director of sport at Alderley Edge School for Girls, which represented New Zealand at the event, said: “The schools tournament was an incredibly exciting day and our pupils were thrilled to be crowned winners in their category.

“We’re all really looking forward to the netball world cup arriving in Liverpool and will be cheering England on to take home the top prize!”

The Vitality Netball World Cup takes place in Liverpool from July 12-21, with 16 teams from across the globe competing.

Louise Moss, development officer at England Netball, said: “The schools tournament was a great way to unite schools from across the region and encourage pupils to get involved.

“As a team sport, netball can help youngsters develop their confidence and build many transferable skills that can be applied in various fields.

“We were overwhelmed by the level of talent and enthusiasm those competing on the day showed, so we’re incredibly grateful to them for showing their support and also to Liverpool ONE for funding the opportunity.”