Georgie Thorpe, Sophia Winfield and Jas Franks have successfully been selected for the Severn Stars U19 long squad netball pathway. Although the rest of the country and many sports are currently in lockdown, Netball has been given the green light to continue their elite training. However, all three players will go through rigorous checks and interviews by the team doctor to deem them fit to start training on the 24th November. They will train twice a week and look to make the short squad that will play in the National Performance League, which will hopefully start after Christmas.
Both U19 & U21 programmes consist of a training ‘long’ squad of 20 athletes from which Severn Stars then select a squad of up to 15 players who compete in NPL leagues for Severn Stars.
Both squads also re-open for the NPL Tournament alongside the U17s in July every year.
Director of Netball, Emma McKenzie said: “This is a significant achievement by all three players and is the highest level of pathway competition that they can currently play. Not only will they experience expert coaching but also put their hats in the ring for future selection for England camps and trials. Sophia and Georgie are not only members of the 1st VII leadership team but also monitors; showing great depth in how they juggle their studies and playing sport at a high level.”
Catch Sophia and Georgie talking about their recent successes and experience on the King’s Voice.