At least one million women and girls play netball every week and netball currently holds the number one ranking for female sport in England. Now two Ockbrook School have been selected to join the first ever elite netball training academy attached to Loughborough Lightning, who play in netball’s Superleague.
Fourteen year old Rebecca Elvidge from Bramcote in Nottingham is joined by Lottie Meynell, aged 13, who lives in the Derbyshire village of Ockbrook. Rebecca is part of the Derbyshire County Academy and plays for Allestree Netball Club, whilst Lottie is part of the Derbyshire County satellite squad and plays for Long Eaton Netball club. Both girls captain and represent the school in the respective U15 and U14 age groups.
Loughborough Lightning’s Training Academy is designed to provide young, talented athletes the opportunity to engage in extra training and competitive match play. The academy is readying the girls for the bright lights of competitive netball. The programme aims to develop skills required to compete at a National Performance League and Netball Superleague level in the future.
Keri Moorhouse, Head of PE, Ockbrook School, says: “This is an amazing opportunity for the girls, who are both excellent players. The academy will equip them with the experience and skills to compete at the highest level. This is their chance to make a name for themselves alongside some of the best netballers around – and it’s no more than both deserve given their dedication to the sport.”
Rebecca Elvidge from Bramcote in Nottingham says: “It’s a dream come true being selected to take part in the new training academy squad at Loughborough Lightning. It’s a little bit daunting but it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and we’re both so excited to be given this chance.”
Karen Atkinson, Head coach for the Loughborough Lightning programme is positive about the development of the franchise and the inclusion of the training academy for the 2015 season: “I am extremely excited that we have our Lightning Training Academy up and running. The trials were extremely competitive making it tough for the selectors. It is exciting times at Loughborough Lightning as we provide more opportunities for players and coaches to become a part of the Super League brand and pathway.”