Millfield has become the latest Hub location for the Soldi-sponsored Team Bath Netball Futures Pathway, developing the next generation of netball talent in the South West.
The partnership enhances the strong links already existing between Millfield and Team Bath, with several Millfield pupils having competed for the organisation over the years.
Former England captain Pamela Cookey first played for Team Bath while studying A levels at Millfield and current pupil Hannah Passmore was a member of Team Bath’s Superleague squad during the 2019 season.
Current Upper Sixth pupil Anna Brophy also represents Team Bath at U19 level and a host of Millfield pupils have gone on to combine study and sport at the University of Bath.
Team Bath Netball Academy Head Coach Lois Jackson, who also attended Millfield on a netball scholarship, is delighted to see her former school join the Futures Pathway programme: “Millfield has a wealth of expertise and I am looking forward to the crossover with the University BUCS teams, NPL teams and the Team Bath Futures Hub. This now takes Team Bath Netball up to five Hub sites in the South West so athletes can access high-quality netball closer to their homes, which has been one of our aims for the Academy since we started.”
Millfield is the fifth Futures Pathway Hub site in the South West of England, allowing aspiring netballers aged between 14 and 21 to benefit from Team Bath’s top-class coaching and sport science support in their local area.
Jenna Culley, Director of netball at Millfield and assistant coach with Wales’ national netball team, will be lead coach at the new hub and will also be involved with Team Bath’s Coach Education Programme and Netball Performance League (NPL) squads.
Millfield Director of sport, Dr Scott Drawer, says, “We’re delighted to be partnering with such a well-known institution with a history of supporting female development in the South West, and I can’t wait to see current and future Millfield netballers benefitting from the expert coaching and experience that Team Bath offers.”