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.
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.
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.
Heading to #Trinbago2023 ✈️
🏴 Our @TeamEngland netball squad are on their way to the Commonwealth Youth Games!
Leave your good luck messages below 🍀 pic.twitter.com/qR1pTN42AR
— England Netball (@EnglandNetball) August 2, 2023
Wednesday 2 August
What Team England did next…
Friday 4 August
Saturday 5 August
A special weekend for netball and our Fast5 team at #Trinbago2023❣️
The squad were presented with their dresses yesterday! pic.twitter.com/QYmFxU8vif
— Team England (@TeamEngland) August 6, 2023
And also found some time away from the court to celebrate and support other Team England competitors, including the beach volleyball team.
Netball bringing the love ❤️🏴 pic.twitter.com/PwVuzzbW1M
— Team England (@TeamEngland) August 5, 2023
Monday 7 August
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Tuesday 8 August
Netball taught Ellie Sadler to see her height as a strength.
— Team England (@TeamEngland) August 8, 2023
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.