Congratulations to Year 10 student Lauren Coull who has been selected to join the East Midlands regional netball academy. She has already played at team and county level and qualified after taking part in two days of intensive trials. She now goes for weekly training at Loughborough with the rest of the regional squad.
She said: ‘‘My mum introduced me to the sport and I began playing at primary school when I was about eight or nine. I play with the Northants JMs team and I have also represented the county. Now I am looking forward to my first regional fixtures and, although I am training I don’t know when our first match will be.
‘For the regional trials we did two days of drill skills and match play and I was overwhelmed when I heard I had been successful. Regional training is a lot more intense than usual team training. Typically we do ball skills, drills and fitness and usually finish off with half an hour of matchplay.
‘I play centre which is a very active role as you can be everywhere on court except the goal circles. I also play wing attack as a secondary position, however if the ball is at the other end you are waiting around and not able to do anything whereas if you are centre you are more active and can move the game on and keep the ball in play.
‘I have my regional place for a year then can go through trials to be reselected. Players that get through until the age of 16 may then get put forward to qualify for the England U-17s. If not then they can also play in the super-league, which is made up of the top netball teams.’