Young netball stars selected for the NPL
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.
Five Beaconsfield High pupils have been selected for NPL sides