Source: Mark Pritchard

Roses welcome 5 more players to full-time programme

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England Netball is delighted to confirm that five more players have joined their World Class training programme at Loughborough University.

Manchester Thunder quartet, Eleanor Cardwell, Jodie Gibson, Natalie Haythornthwaite and Laura Malcolm (pictured above) have signed-up and entered the summer training camp as the Roses prepare for the inaugural Quad Series to be hosted in Australia and New Zealand this August.

They will be joined by Loughborough Lightning shooter Kadeen Corbin who is currently continuing her netball development in Australia with North Shore United in the Samsung Premier League.

Upon her return, Kadeen will link-up with the squad in Loughborough ahead of the international fixtures at the end of this summer.

The World Class programme was introduced last month and has allowed players to dedicate more of their time to netball in order to compete at the highest level.

The programme has been made possible due to an increase in commercial revenue with the support of several high profile partners, including England Netball’s principle sponsor Vitality, the health and life insurer that rewards healthy living.

Roses Head Coach Tracey Neville believes that the addition of these athletes will help to strengthen the World Class programme. She said: “It is fantastic to welcome these players into the programme. The quality and experience of those joining us will challenge everyone to push themselves even harder.

“We are aiming to build a world class training environment and having strength in depth in our pool of talent to select from is something that we are proactively aiming towards.”

Neville Koopowitz, CEO at Vitality – principle sponsor of England Netball, comments: “It’s great to see the World Class training programme further strengthened by the addition of these fantastic players. We believe female athletes are powerful role models who inspire women of all ages to actively engage in sport and live a healthy life, which is why we’re delighted to partner with England Netball as it continues to develop and grow the game.”

We are delighted to confirm the players currently in the full-time programme are as follows;

Rebekah Airey, Summer Artman, Eleanor Cardwell, Ella Clark, Beth Cobden, Kadeen Corbin, Sasha Corbin, George Fisher, Jodie Gibson, Natalie Haythornthwaite, Hannah Joseph, Leah Kennedy, Laura Malcolm, Natalie Panagarry, Jess Shaw.

This is the start of our journey to the home Netball World Cup in 2019 which is to be hosted in Liverpool.

Report courtesy of England Netball