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Superleague youngsters included in 2021 Roses Academy squad

Four Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) 2021 players have been included in the latest Roses Academy squad.

Arabella Baylis of Saracens Mavericks, Isabelle Eaton of Severn Stars, Sophie Kelly of Surrey Storm, and Megan Thorne of Wasps have all been selected.

The quartet – who are all members of their club’s senior 2021 squad – are joined by 25 more players who all represent VNSL sides at youth level.

The selection for the 2021 Roses Academy took place this past weekend at Loughborough University.

The selected athletes will attend camps in May and July with the aim to be selected for competitive competition in July.

The selected athletes are:

Name Club Name Club
Arabella Baylis Saracens Mavericks Bethan Lount Loughborough Lightning
Bridget Morgan Manchester Thunder Ella Bowen Loughborough Lightning
Ellie Harding Wasps Ellie Heyes Manchester Thunder
Emma Rayner Manchester Thunder Freya Henshall London Pulse
Georgina Brock-Taylor Loughborough Lightning Georgina Forde-Wells Loughborough Lightning
Harriet Jones Manchester Thunder Hannah Diamond Manchester Thunder
Isabelle Eaton Severn Stars Kaedin Gumbs Manchester Thunder
Lydia Harrison Leeds Rhinos Megan Thorne Wasps
Millie Van Nierop Loughborough Lightning Molly Hole Team Bath
Peace Akinyemi London Pulse Pippa Dixon Saracens Mavericks
Poppy Baker Wasps Rae Williams Manchester Thunder
Savannah Dada-Mascoll Manchester Thunder Silvia McCarthy Manchester Thunder
Sophie Kelly Surrey Storm Stacey Tankoua Manchester Thunder
Tabitha Tooms Loughborough Lightning Yasmin Roebuck Manchester Thunder
Yomi Eza-Wilson Manchester Thunder

Sheonah said: “The Roses Academy trial was full of exceptional talent and the long squad’s development both on and off the court, over the last four months, was demonstrated over the weekend.

“The athletes in the long squad have all shown outstanding resilience in this time, as well the drive to adapt to the environments we have had to create, and a testament to the work within the pathway. I look forward to seeing them all develop in their franchises over the next couple of months.

“This new selected group of athletes will face another camp in May before a competition in July, and the team and I look forward to this next part of the Roses Academy 2021.”

The Roses Academy long squad was first selected in December 2020 allowing more athletes than ever before, the opportunity to experience the Roses Academy programme.

The group trained together virtually and had access to educational sessions on Zoom throughout lockdown, as well as coming together for a day camp in March.

The selection for the Roses Academy 2021/22 will be in August.

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