St Swithun’s netballer selected for England squad

15 year old Sophie Kelly, a pupil at St Swithun’s school, Winchester, has been selected to join the England squad for the upcoming U17 Netball Europe Championships.

St Swithun’s student and England U17 netball player Sophie Kelly
St Swithun’s student and England U17 netball player Sophie Kelly

28th February 2020 — Playing the position of goal attack, Sophie, from Winchester, was part of the St Swithun’s netball team that reached the final of a national cup competition last year. She also plays regularly for her club team Weston Park Blades and for Superleague franchise Surrey Storm.

One of the youngest players in the England U17 squad, Sophie earned her place following an impressive trial with the England netball academy. She says “I am so excited to play netball for England. It has been a goal of mine for a long time, and I am looking forward to the challenge of international competition”.

Head of netball at St Swithun’s school, Kelly Drew, says “We wish Sophie the best of luck representing England. She is a role model for anyone looking to play netball at a senior level with her dedication and commitment to the sport”.

England take on Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Switzerland in a bid to win gold at the Netball Europe Championships which take place in the Welsh town of Ebbw Vale between the 6th and 8th March.

About St Swithun's School

St Swithun's School, Winchester is set on an impressive and attractive campus of 45 acres overlooking open countryside, and offers girls exceptional teaching, sporting and recreational facilities. The school offers day, weekly boarding and full boarding options for 509 girls aged 11-18. Situated only 50 minutes from London by train enables London based families the flexibility of a country based boarding or weekly boarding school for their daughters within easy reach of home. There is an adjoining Prep School for 200 pupils with girls aged 4-11 and a co-ed nursery.

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