NETBALL star Paige Reed is one step closer to her dream of playing for England’s senior side after she was selected for the England Under-19s Potential squad aged only 16.
The Sport and Exercise Sciences student was selected from a trial day which featured players from the country’s most talented academies and Superleague franchises.
Her selection is even more impressive considering some of the players she was up against were three years older than her.
Reed, who plays either goal attack or goal shooter, will now face further trials in the summer as the squad is reduced.
Reed said: “I was shocked when I received the news I’d made the squad and I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity to prove myself.”
Hartpury netball manager Sarah Prettybelieves Reed has earned the call-up.
She said: “Paige’s hard work and perseverance has paid off, and she truly deserves this.
“We will continue to work with Paige to help her maintain her form and give her the best chance possible of making the full England squad.”
At the request of the England Netball management, Paige was also asked to be released to play for Team Bath in the Netball Performance League (NPL).
Former Hartpury student Sarah Llewelyn used her time with Team Bath as a springboard into the Netball Superleague, signing for Celtic Dragons this season.