We are delighted to announce that three of our 1st team Netball players have been selected as part of London Pulse Netball’s talent pathway programme. London Pulse is an elite Netball team which competes in the UK Netball Superleague and provides England Netball’s performance pathway to nurture the best talent from London and the South East.
Lower Sixth student Lauren Baldwin (Trinity’s Sports Player of the Month for October) has been selected for the U17 London Pulse Academy Squad. Lower Sixth student Kayla Victor alongside Upper Sixth student, and Head Girl, Izzy Crispin have both been selected for the London Pulse Player Development Programme (PDP) Kent Squad.
This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the girls’ hard work so far this season. It is also outstanding recognition for our Netball coaches within the school, who work hard to give our girls the best possible support.
Lauren has been playing netball for her school since the age of 8, she also plays with a club – Roundwood – where she currently plays at a very competitive Regional Ladies Level. Lauren has also represented Surrey County U13 Academy and Surrey Storm NPL Squad where the team placed 2nd nationally in the 2021 Schools Games. She says, “I was keen to switch from Surrey Storm to London Pulse as in my opinion this would provide me with a better opportunity to develop my netball skills. Having to go through numerous trial stages and assessments, I am delighted to have been selected for the London Pulse U17 Academy. I am excited for the opportunities which may present themselves in the future, which hopefully will also benefit Girls’ Netball at Trinity.”
Izzy said, “I am very excited to have been selected for the London Pulse performance pathway squad. The opportunity to play for Pulse came through my club coach suggesting I trial for them. The most exciting aspect of Pulse is the upcoming matches against other franchises which will hopefully go ahead in the new year. I have been playing netball since Year 5 and ever since I started, it has been my favourite sport. Playing netball at Trinity has brought some exciting opportunities for the team as we entered Nationals for the first time ever this year, so I am looking forward to netball next term!”
Kayla has been playing netball for around eight years and playing for London Pulse for four seasons. She said, “I have always loved netball; it has always been the thing I look forward to in the week, the thing that allows me to forget about everything else and lose myself in the game. I am very proud to have been selected for the U19 PDP, especially after recovering from knee surgery earlier this year and working my way back up to being able to run and play again.
“Playing at Trinity so far has been amazing – we have already made it through to both Surrey and the National finals and I am so excited to see what other accomplishments we will be able to achieve in the next couple of years. The team energy is incredible and I am looking forward to netball season next term.”
Mrs Bennett, Head of Netball, said, “I am really pleased for all the girls as they make their way through the Netball Performance Pathway. Individually they have all worked so hard to get to where they are – it is thoroughly deserved. They inspire the rest of the team with their dedication and enthusiasm and obvious love for the sport. Well done and keep going!”
Pictured recently (l-r): Izzy Crispin, Lauren Baldwin, Kayla Victor
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