A PUPIL at Selston Arts and Community College has been selected to play netball for England.
Izzie Beighton was handpicked by her coach for trials for the Under 17s team and was selected as one of the final girls last month.
The 15-year-old, who plays Goal Keeper and Goal Defence, joined 47 other teenagers for trials in Bath where 24 girls were chosen for the final team.
“It was nerve-racking,” she said
“I just didn’t know what to expect. It was a really good experience though.
“I was surprised I got through because I just didn’t know what to think to be honest. It all seemed a bit of a blur.”
Izzie went on an Easter netball camp where the girls had to do fitness training and work on court skills, and she will go on another camp in July.
The talented netballer plays for Derbyshire and the East Midlands as well as Selston Arts and Community College.
She started playing netball when she was just seven-years-old and knew instantly that she loved it.
“I knew I wanted to carry on with it and take it a lot further,” she said.
Izzie now hopes she will be able to stay in the England netball team for years to come and move up through the ranks.
College teacher Debbie Green said: “It’s a fantastic achievement and our congratulations go to her. We are all very proud of her and we hope she goes a long way.”
Izzie, who lives in Codnor Park, is captain of the college netball team.
For the past five years the team has won the Mansfield Netball Tournament.