15 students from the Senior School will try-out for netball performance pathways this season, including at national level.
Year 13 students Isla May and Tia Chaloner are trialling for Team Bath at U21 and U19 levels respectively whilst Flora Collier has been put forward for the Celtic Dragon U19 team in Wales. Isla has already been identified as a ‘critical player’ for Team Bath, giving her the opportunity to train with their senior squad. These opportunities mean the students will train and compete at an elite level for their age groups and have the option to progress onto Super League netball. Isla and Flora are also attending trials for the England and Wales U21 national teams – a huge achievement.
Thirteen Year 9 and 10 students have been nominated to try-out for the Somerset Netball County Academy U15 team this season. Many have already successfully completed the first stage of the county pathway, having been selected for the Satellite Academy in previous seasons and are now progressing onto the next stage of performance netball.
All the trials will take place over the next couple of months and will test athletes on their technical and tactical skills as well as their on-court decision making. These aspects are focused on in their one-to-one and group sessions within the school netball programme.
Sammy Kemmish, Head of Netball at Taunton School says “We are very proud to have so many of our netballers trialling and performing at this level – a huge achievement for all of them at the various stages in their netball pathway. Successful or not, exposure to trial at these levels will provide them with invaluable experience. I wish all the girls the best of luck.”