England Netball launches new pathway philosophy

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36 players have been selected for the Roses Academy programme in 2021-22.

Over 150 athletes from all over the country attended positional days led by Vitality Netball Superleague coaches in August where they had the opportunity to learn and develop specifically around their main positions.

A final selection weekend then took place on 18-19 September at Loughborough University with all the athletes in contention for a place in the Roses Academy.

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The athletes selected for 2021-22 are:

NAME FRANCHISE NAME FRANCHISE
Peace AKINYEMI LONDON PULSE Niamh KILGALLEN WASPS NETBALL
Kelechi AMBROS LONDON PULSE Daisy LEES MANCHESTER THUNDER
Hannah ANYANWU LONDON PULSE Phoebe MASLEN WASPS NETBALL
Poppy BAKER WASPS NETBALL Jess MONTHE LOUGHBOROUGH LIGHTNING
Hannah DIAMOND MANCHESTER THUNDER Bridget MORGAN MANCHESTER THUNDER
Pippa DIXON SARACENS MAVERICKS Ruby PARKER MANCHESTER THUNDER
Isabelle EATON SEVERN STARS Emily PAWLETT MANCHESTER THUNDER
Darcie EVERITT SARACENS MAVERICKS Jayda PECHOVA LONDON PULSE
Yomi EZA-WILSON MANCHESTER THUNDER Regan PETERS SURREY STORM
Tori FISHER SARACENS MAVERICKS Isabella PHILLIPS LONDON PULSE
Kaedin GUMBS MANCHESTER THUNDER Jade POPOOLA LONDON PULSE
Lydia HARRISON LEEDS RHINOS Halee ROBINSON SEVERN STARS
Freya HENSHALL LONDON PULSE Sophia SHALABI LONDON PULSE
Eden HILL SARACENS MAVERICKS Lily SMITH WASPS NETBALL
Lydia HINE MANCHESTER THUNDER Jess TOLSON LEEDS RHINOS
Molly HOLE TEAM BATH Anya WILLIAMS MANCHESTER THUNDER
Isabelle HOWSE LEEDS RHINOS Ella WILLIAMS TEAM BATH
Sophie KELLY SURREY STORM Millie VAN NIEROP LOUGHBOROUGH LIGHTNING

This cohort will attend monthly camps with the aim to be selected for Netball Europe U17 in February 2022, as well as an U19 tour next summer subject to Government guidance and COVID-19 restrictions.

Discussing the athletes selected, Roses Academy Head Coach Sheonah Forbes said: “I was very impressed by the energy, attitude and skillsets of all the athletes invited to our positional days and final selection weekend.

“It’s fantastic to have such a growing pool of up-and-coming talent in England, but it does make our job as selectors extremely difficult.

“I’m excited to work with the selected group of athletes, as well as their club coaches, and seeing them develop over the coming 12 months.”

A huge thank you to all the Vitality Netball Superleague coaches who supported the positional days and congratulations to all athletes selected.

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