Karen Greig, the England U21 Head Coach, has named her first U21 competition squad who will be looking to defend their title at the Netball Europe U21 Championships.
The 12-strong team will head to the University of Worcester Arena to compete against Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland from 4 – 6 October.
Ten of the athletes selected are part of the U21 long squad working towards the World Youth Cup in 2021, while Grace Mills and Megan Thorne were recently named in the Roses Academy squad for the 2019/20 season.
Hannah Williams, returning to the England set-up for the first time since rupturing her ACL in April 2018, will captain the side.
All players who take to the court during the competition will win their first caps for the U21s.
The England U21 squad is as follows:
|Hannah Williams (C)||Manchester Thunder||WA/C|
|Alice Harvey (VC)||Loughborough Lightning||GK|
|Funmi Fadoju||London Pulse||GD/GK|
|Rachael Fee||Team Bath||GD/GK|
|Ruth Hughes||Wasps Netball||WA/C|
|Grace Mills||Manchester Thunder||GA/WA|
|Berri Neil||Manchester Thunder||GA/GS/WA|
|Yasmin Roebuck||Manchester Thunder||C/WD/WA|
|Emilia Roscoe||Manchester Thunder||GS/GA|
|Alicia Scholes||Manchester Thunder||WA/C|
|Stacey Tankoua||Manchester Thunder||WD/GD/C|
|Megan Thorne||Wasps Netball||GS/GA|
Karen Greig commented: “We are very much looking forward to defending our title at the highly anticipated U21 Netball Europe Championships. It will be a brilliant chance for the public to see some of our rising stars in action whilst they face Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales’ emerging talent on court. It’s going to be an exciting and jam-packed few days.”
The full competition schedule is as follows:
|Date||Fixtures and timings||Location|
|Friday 4 October||Scotland v Wales (17.00)
England v Northern Ireland (19.00)
|Saturday 5 October||Northern Ireland v Scotland (16.00)
Wales v England (18.00)
|Sunday 6 October||Northern Ireland v Wales (10.00)
England v Scotland (12.00)
Award presentation (13.45)
It’s set to be an unmissable competition as the best young players from around the UK go head-to-head across three days of exhilarating netball.
Tickets are available to purchase via the England Netball Box Office.
Courtesy of England Netball