England Netball utilises TASS to enhance the support available for talented young athletes on the England Talent Pathway, primarily targeting the U21s squad. Many of the Roses have benefited from TASS support over the years, including a number of the gold medal winning Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth squad. This year, TASS is backing 21 talented netballers from across England.

What role has the TASS partnership played in the development of your talent or dual career programme?

“TASS support helps our netballers to find the right balance between education and sport commitments. We even have players who are benefiting from academic flexibility to allow them to manage the demands of the netball programme and their studies.

“The majority of players within our programme attend university so being able to manage both is critical for our sport. TASS has enabled players in the England Futures programme and Roses Academy to be supported whilst continuing in higher education.

“Over the years, the scheme has supported many of our athletes that are currently in or now moving into the full-time Roses programme. Commonwealth gold medallists Eboni Usoro-Brown, Kadeen Corbin, Serena Guthrie, Jo Harten and Helen Housby were all TASS-supported athletes, with many more benefitting from the support during their development.”

What would be your wish for the next generation of talented athletes?

“To have the flexibility and support to chase their dreams in both their sport and in education, with a shifting focus dependent on the priorities at any given time.”

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