Felsted School Netball player, Lydia Rowlands, age 18 from Brentwood, has been selected for the Surrey Storm National Performance League (NPL) U19 Team, alongside other top players in the country.
Lydia began playing Netball at six years old for her local club back in Milton Keynes, where she was a young budding Goal Attack. At the age of 12 Lydia moved across to the more physically demanding Centre position, where she really started to flourish.
Lydia joined Felsted in 2016 as a Sports Scholar and feels that the exposure she has gained from the coaches and program, led by Mavericks player Lindsay Keable, has helped her confidence to the point where she could trial for Surrey Storms NPL team last year. During this intense selection process, players are up against over 100 other girls of the same calibre and talent and fighting for 16 spaces. After Lydia's first trial she was asked to return to the final selection of the squad and despite not making the final 16, was invited to play in the development squad and train alongside the NPL team.
After a year of hard work, intense training and experiencing higher club netball, Lydia took an opportunity to play for the U21 squad in the 2017 summer NPL tournament, playing against national U21 England players. With this experience and new knowledge of the game she was successful in achieving selections for the 2018 U19 NPL team.
Mavericks Super League player and Felsted Netball Coach, Lindsay Keable comments; “We are very proud of Lydia's achievement, her level of intensity at training inspires our netballers at Felsted to raise their game, and she has been a role model to all our players.”
Lydia comments, “I am proud of my achievements this year, where I have been able to give back to Felsted Netball, such as coaching the younger years, supporting the wider outreach programme and co-captaining the 1st team.”
Lydia has also joined top International players as a Junior Gilbert Ambassador, representing the brand during her upcoming training and matches. She comments; “I am honoured to be in the Gilbert ambassadorial family with the likes of International players Geva Mentor, Kim Ravillion from Australia and Katrina Grant, Captain of New Zealand. I really love the products, especially their footwear.”