Roses start full-time program ahead of summer tour
England Netball has begun a World Class training program at Loughborough University in Leicestershire. Athletes signing the full-time player agreements have entered the Summer Training Camp as the Roses prepare for the inaugural Quad Series to be hosted in Australia and New Zealand in August.
England players currently taking part in the 2016 ANZ Championships are in discussions in regards to linking up with the camp later this summer. Screening and trials will be held next month for any players outside of the full-time agreement who wish to be considered for selection ahead of the Quad Series.
Netball is now a genuine career option
Roses Head Coach Tracey Neville is delighted to welcome the first set of athletes to the program. “The facilities that are on offer for these athletes are absolutely world class and they will be provided with the optimum training environment in which to succeed.
We hope to inspire future generations of netballers to realize their potential and fulfill their ambitions.
“As a former England player myself, to see how far the sport has come and the potential of further improvement, fills me with great satisfaction and optimism.”
Performance Director Sara Symington believes that this is a momentous occasion for players hoping to one day put on the red dress for England.
Rebekah Airey, Summer Artman, Ella Clark, Beth Cobden, Sasha Corbin, George Fisher, Hannah Joseph, Leah Kennedy, Natalie Panagarry, Jess Shaw
“Thousands of young girls dream of being able to play for England and would gladly sacrifice their time, energy and money to achieve this ambition. To be able to allow this set of athletes to concentrate solely on becoming the best netballer that they can be, is a truly historic moment in England Netball history. We hope to inspire future generations of netballers to realize their potential and fulfill their ambitions.
“Netball is now a genuine career option and we hope that these pioneering players who have committed to this program become role models for women and girls across the country.”
We are delighted to confirm the first set of players entering the full-time athlete agreement are as follows; Rebekah Airey, Summer Artman, Ella Clark, Beth Cobden, Sasha Corbin, George Fisher, Hannah Joseph, Leah Kennedy, Natalie Panagarry, Jess Shaw
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England Netball will continue to support Kadeen Corbin and Rachel Shaw as they continue their development in Australia and rehabilitation from injury respectively.
Ex-England Netball Performance Director and former New Zealand head coach Wai Taumaunu joins the squad this week as she offers her expertise alongside the existing coaching staff at the start of our World Class training program.