The England Roses received a hero’s welcome as they arrived back in England this morning after making history Down Under and being crowned champions at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The UK-based players – Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Jade Clarke, Beth Cobden, Kadeen Corbin, Natalie Haythornthwaite and Jodie Gibson – were greeted by a crowd of cheering fans as they came through the doors at Heathrow.
With their medals on display, they were beaming from ear-to-ear despite being incredibly fatigued and having been travelling for over 30 hours.
Among those who had turned up to celebrate the team’s success were a group of children from a local London school.
They had made banners for the occasion and presented each of our Roses with a bunch of roses – much to the players’ surprise and delight!
The team then took the time to pose for photographs, sign autographs and talk to the children about winning gold and playing netball.
Media duties then called with both the BBC and Sky Sports present – keep your eyes peeled for the features coming soon!
If the Roses performance at the Commonwealth Games has inspired you to give netball a go, find your nearest session here.