England Netball announce squad of 25 for their full-time programme for 2019/20 season
England Netball have named 25 players to be part of the Roses full-time training programme under new coach Jess Thirlby.
A total of nine players including captain Serena Gutherie are included from this summer's World Cup squad after finishing third in Liverpool.
England had a successful run of games in the group stages but this was short-lived when they lost 45-47 against New Zealand in the semi-final.
The players included will be considered to be part of several international events during the upcoming season.
The Roses programme offers several routes of entry for the players. The first route is the full-time programme, another is programme two which offers English players in the Suncorp Super Netball and ANZ leagues to join the Roses Programme at certain stages. The SSN is the Australian Premier League and the ANZ is New Zealand’s Premier League.
The last avenue is programme three, an option for athletes who can’t commit full time. However, they will have the opportunity to be selected for international events.
The 25 players selected for the 2019/20 season:
Beth Cobden, Layla Guscoth, Jo Harten, Helen Housby, Geva Mentor, Chelsea Pitman, Kate Shimmin, Natalie Haythornthwaite, Rebekah Airey, Summer Artman, Eleanor Cardwell, Ella Clark, Iona Darroch, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, George Fisher, Jodie Gibson, Serena Guthrie, Laura Malcolm, Gabriella Marshall, Vicki Oyesola, Natalie Panagarry, Yasmin Parsons, Razia Quashie, Jessica Shaw and Fran Williams.
Vitality Roses Head Coach Jess Thirlby said: “It is wonderful to have so much talent in our Roses and Futures programme.
“There are a lot of exciting international competitions for us to look forward to in the 2019-20 calendar which I see as opportunities for us to expose both our experienced and newer talent.”
Thirlby added: “Each year of the Roses programme is critical for different reasons as we now start to look ahead and prepare for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the South Africa Netball World Cup in 2023.”