Young netball stars se­lected for the NPL

NETBALL

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

THE gloves are off for five Bea­cons­field High School ath­letes this netball sea­son as they have been se­lected for Eng­land Netball’s Na­tional Per­for­mance League (NPL) over three sep­a­rate teams.

The NPL is Eng­land Netball’s high­est U17 and U19 com­pet­i­tive league and has 10 teams cov­er­ing all nine English re­gions, sup­ple­mented by the in­clu­sion of the Ju­nior Dragons from Cardiff, and all the teams hold fu­ture stars for Eng­land Netball and the Welsh in­ter­na­tional youth squads.

He­len Carter-Roberts and Natasha Pavelin will be look­ing to ce­ment their po­si­tion in the 12-player squad at Hert­ford­shire Mav­er­icks, hav­ing been se­lected by the re­gion for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Katie Bowen, Anya Wood (both Sur­rey Storm) and Alex Taal (Team South), mean­while, are all new sign­ings into their NPL squads and look­ing for­ward to the in­creased train­ing and com­mit­ments at this level.

All five play­ers are also mem­bers of Clan Netball Club, based in High Wy­combe, who have a record-break­ing seven play­ers mak­ing NPL squads this sea­son, with Sophie Mait­land (Team South) and Razia Quashie (Sur­rey Storm) also join­ing their team mates.

Kathryn Rat­na­pala, Clan’s se­nior coach, said: “Clan are ex­tremely proud of the girls’ se­lec­tion. They 100 per cent de­serve the op­por­tu­nity as they are all very hard work­ing and com­mit­ted to the sport.

“We will be ex­cited to see their pro­gres­sion this sea­son.”

Claire Pri­est­ley, head of PE at Bea­cons­field High, added: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted that our stu­dents have been se­lected. They are all ex­tremely ded­i­cated to their sport and thrive to suc­ceed in all ar­eas of their lives. They are su­perb am­bas­sadors for our school and pro­vide the best pos­si­ble role mod­els to our younger bud­ding netball play­ers.”

The NPL kicks off with a pre­sea­son tour­na­ment on Novem­ber 15, with the league proper start­ing on De­cem­ber 6-7, while train­ing has al­ready com­menced.

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Five Bea­cons­field High pupils have been se­lected for NPL sides

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