Commonwealth Youth Games - Team England's journey so far!

As Team England begin their inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games this evening from 7.15pm (UK time), we reflect on their journey from holding camp to competition ready, including some blog entries from the first three days from two of the young players taking to court: Captain, Darcie Everitt and Vice-captain Ella Williams.

The first three days with Darcie and Ella

Monday 31 July

Darcie & Ella: We arrived at holding camp just after lunch on Monday, it was a great experience to be able to meet all of Team England athletes and learn about eachothers’ sports.

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After a competitive game of ‘Trin-bingo’, we got the opportunity to listen to a Q&A from past Commonwealth athletes Holly Mills and Leon Taylor. They spoke about their past experiences of the games, provided helpful insights and spoke about how to get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Leon Taylor and Holly Mills Q&A

Leon Taylor (left) and Holly Mills (middle) doing a Q&A at Team England Holding Camp – Credit: James Bryant

Tuesday 1 August

Tuesday morning was an extremely early start to make our way to the airport. On the plane journey, we were able to talk to and meet new athletes from not only England but other countries as well, it was interesting to learn about other people’s journeys and backgrounds in their sport.

After a long flight, we landed in Trinidad and stayed in a lounge with the beach volleyball group waiting for our next flight to Tobago. When we got to Tobago, we had a couple hours to explore the amazing hotel and the beach that’s next to it.

Wednesday 2 August

Wednesday was our recovery day from travelling, so we had a pool recovery and a mobility session just after breakfast and luckily had the rest of the day to chill out and do more exploring.
We can’t wait for the games to start and we’re excited for what’s next!

What Team England did next…

After travelling to Trinbago and finding some time to relax, Team England entered full preparation mode. We caught up with them in the later stages of this as they start to get competition ready.

Friday 4 August

The opening ceremony to the Commonwealth Youth Games was full of vibrant celebrations, as the FAST5 netball squad walked out with their Team England compatriots. Held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, the ceremony signalled the beginning of a week of international sport, with the netball competition set to take place between 8-10 Augus

Saturday 5 August

The squad received their dresses in a special presentation marking their England legacy as they become the first young netballers to wear the red dress at a Commonwealth Youth Games.

And also found some time away from the court to celebrate and support other Team England competitors, including the beach volleyball team.

Monday 7 August

Team England completed their last court training session and some pool recovery as part of their final preparation before the competition gets underway.

 

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Tuesday 8 August

The netball competition at #Trinbago2023 gets underway today!
Hear from Ellie Sadler about how she’s been inspired by the Vitality Roses performances to pursue her dreams of playing for England:

You can see Team England begin their Commonwealth Youth Games competition at 19:15 (UK time) this evening. Full details on where to watch and how to support here.

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