'Devastated' netballers disqualified

A Newcastle school netball team has been disqualified from a national competition after an unintentional ten pence under payment in registration fees.

Full Report: Netball team disqualified over 10 pence shortfall

A school netball team has been kicked out of a prestigious national competition because they accidentally paid ten pence too little in fees.

Two teams from Central Newcastle High School qualified for the England Netball national finals - only to be told that they had actually been disqualified because of the admin error.

As Julia Barthram reports the teenagers are devastated.

Watch her full report below.

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"These girls don't deserve to suffer"

A netball team from Newcastle has been thrown out of a top competition because they accidentally paid ten pence too little in fees.

The team from Central Newcastle High School missed the money off their payment to England Netball last season, but they were only alerted to the error when two of their teams qualified for the National Finals.

They were then told that they had actually been disqualified.

Jackie Atkinson, head of PE at the high school, spoke to ITV News about how infuriating the judgement was for the team.

England Netball statement

"England Netball has eligibility criteria for its National Schools Competition; this includes schools responsibility to affiliate to England Netball prior to the start of the competition.

"Central Newcastle High School failed to affiliate to in accordance with these time scales and therefore it is with much regret that England Netball was unable to accept their entry into the National Schools Final.

"All other entrants to the National Schools Final adhered to England Netball's affiliation process."

– Spokesman for England Netball

Netball girls 'devastated' by disqualification

Members of the Central Newcastle High School netball team and a ten pence piece Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Central Newcastle High School immediately paid a 10 pence shortfall which had lead the team to be disqualified from the national finals.

However, it has been told that there is no way back into the competition.

Members of the team say they are devastated.

Netball team disqualified for 10p shortfall

A netball team from a Newcastle school have been thrown out of a top competition because they accidentally paid too little in fees. Central Newcastle High School netball team have been disqualified from the national finals because the school accidentally paid 10p less than they should have.

Last season the school paid £24.00 instead of £24.10. They weren't notified of the shortfall and went on to play in the national finals. Unknown to them they were put on a debtors list so weren't sent an invoice for affiliation to England Netball this season and missed sending their fee.

Only when two of their teams qualified for the national finals did they receive a call saying they had actually been disqualified because of the none payment. The school paid the missing money immediately but have been told there's no way back into the competition.

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