Sixteen-year-old Lavant House pupil Libby Swan was delighted to find she has been accepted into the South of England netball development squad. This takes her tantalisingly close to playing for the UK’s national netball team.
Wittering resident Libby is in the under-17 regional academy, who train weekly in Southampton. If she continues to make progress with her netball, she will then move on to the under-19 regional performance academy, from where many girls are chosen to play for the England side.
Swan has been committed to netball since she joined Lavant House aged 11. She plays for the school team as well as regional club Energy Pumas and Chichester Netball Club, which is run by Lavant House netball coach Claire Cobden. She often plays for Sussex and was the only girl from the county promoted to the development squad.
Swan said: “I tried to get in last year but just missed it so that makes it all the better to have been chosen this year. I had to attend a player development programme over a very intensive weekend watched by coaches before being put forward for trials. Now I am on the development programme, I am given nutritional and exercise advice.
“It’s my dream to play netball for England so I’m really happy to put in as many hours training and playing as I can to try everything I can to make this happen.”
Lavant PE teacher Cobden said: “Libby is a very hard-working sportswoman who is not afraid to commit. She has excellent team spirit and has certainly shone more than once on our school netball court in her position of centre or wing attack. We are all very proud of her and are hoping that this is just the start of her national netball campaign.”