Winners of the National Schools Finals.

A total of 58 teams from more than 50 schools from across the country will descend on Stanborough School, Hertfordshire, this weekend.

Teams representing three age categories – U14s, U16s and U19s – will battle it out with the aim of being crowned 2019/20 National Schools Finals champions.

There will be 25 rounds played across the day before the semi-finals in each age category are decided. These will be followed by the finals and third place play-off before the trophy presentations.

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It has already been a remarkable journey for the schools that have qualified, with the top two sides in each age group from nine regions securing their place at the prestigious national event.

Of the teams in attendance, 16 competed in the competition last year.

The U14 category was won by Wirral Grammar School last year but, with none of the top three returning, Berkhamsted will be looking to lift the trophy once more after winning in 2018. They finished fourth after losing 7-13 to Wirral Grammar Schools For Girls in the semi-finals.

Similarly, Kings School Worcester will also be hoping to make the jump from fourth to first in the U16 category. They are the highest-ranking team from last year to have qualified and will looking to avenge their one-goal, semi-final defeat to Brighton College last year.

In the U19s, Worthing College lifted the trophy last time out and will be returning to this year’s Finals. Bromsgrove School are perennial challengers for honours at this tournament – having won bronze and silver in the last two years – and will be looking to get their hands on U19 gold.

The action begins at 9:00am on Saturday morning and will conclude with the finals starting from approximately 4:15pm.

The British Army will be supporting and attending the finals and are will engaging with the teams in attendance through fun activities including the infamous batak board to test hand and eye co-ordination and a buzzwire to test steady hands.

Winners last year won the chance to attend a leadership day led by the British Army and, after the success of last year, are offering the same prize to the winning team in each age group for 2020.

For more information on this year’s National Schools Finals, click here.

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