Athletes selected for England U21 squad for 2021

26 athletes have been selected for the U21 squad for 2021 by newly appointed Head Coach Victoria Burgess and Assistant Coach Colette Thomson. 

As well as being Roses Academy U17 Head Coach since 2018, Burgess is Head of Loughborough Lightning’s Performance Pathway Programme and was Assistant Coach to Sara Bayman as Lightning recently won their first-ever Vitality Netball Superleague title. 

Thomson brings a wealth of experience coaching at all levels of the game to the role, including helping the Vitality Roses on their journey to win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

Discussing her new role in the England Netball set-up, Burgess said: “I am very excited to be appointed as the U21 Head Coach. 

“The athletes have all put in a lot of hard work to be selected into the programme and have shown outstanding commitment and resilience to adapt to the different environments in this time. 

“We saw some standout performances from players in this age group in the 2021 Vitality Netball Superleague season, displaying leadership and a maturity beyond their years. 

“I can’t wait to work with such a talented group of athletes, as well as their club coaches, and use my knowledge and experience to support their development.” 

The selected athletes are: 

Name Club Name Club 
Alicia Scholes Manchester Thunder Alice Harvey Loughborough Lightning 
Aliyah Zaranyika Saracens Mavericks Annabel Roddy Loughborough Lightning 
Bella Baylis Saracens Mavericks Berri Neil Manchester Thunder 
Ella Bowen Loughborough Lightning Ellie Heyes Manchester Thunder 
Ellie Rattu London Pulse Emilia Roscoe Manchester Thunder 
Emma Rayner Manchester Thunder Emma Thacker London Pulse 
Funmi Fadoju* London Pulse Hannah Passmore Team Bath 
Hannah Williams Loughborough Lightning Kira Rothwell* London Pulse 
Lola Wheeler London Pulse Millie Sanders Manchester Thunder 
Olivia Tchine* London Pulse Rachael Fee Team Bath 
Savannah Dada-Mascoll Manchester Thunder Sienna Rushton* Leeds Rhinos 
Stacey Tankoua Manchester Thunder Suzie Liverseidge Loughborough Lightning 
Yasmin Roebuck Manchester Thunder Zara Everitt* London Pulse 

*also in the 2021-22 Roses Futures programme 

Players have been selected for a behind-closed-doors performance competition camp from 27-30 July at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. This will provide an opportunity for an England U21 and two England U19 teams to be exposed to competitive match play against Wales and Scotland. Athletes selected for the squads are named below: 

England U21 Performance Competition squad: 

Name Club Name Club 
Alicia Scholes Manchester Thunder Alice Harvey Loughborough Lightning 
Aliyah Zaranyika Saracens Mavericks Annabel Roddy Loughborough Lightning 
Bella Baylis Saracens Mavericks Berri Neil Manchester Thunder 
Ella Bowen Loughborough Lightning Ellie Heyes Manchester Thunder 
Ellie Rattu Vice Captain London Pulse Emilia Roscoe Manchester Thunder 
Hannah Passmore Team Bath Hannah Williams Captain Loughborough Lightning 
Lola Wheeler London Pulse Rachael Fee Team Bath 
Savannah Dada-Mascoll Manchester Thunder Stacey Tankoua Manchester Thunder 

 U21 reserves and playing in the England U19 squads: Emma Rayner, Emma Thacker and Yasmin Roebuck 

England U19 Performance Competition squads: 

Name Club Name Club 
Ellie HardingVice Captain Wasps Bethan Lount Loughborough Lightning 
Georgie Brock-Taylor Loughborough Lightning Bridget Morgan Manchester Thunder 
Hannah Diamond Captain Manchester Thunder Emma Rayner** Captain Manchester Thunder 
Hannah Howl Severn Stars Emma Thacker** London Pulse 
Harriet Jones Manchester Thunder Freya Henshall London Pulse 
Isabelle Eaton Severn Stars Halee Robinson Severn Stars 
Lydia Harrison Leeds Rhinos Jayda Pechova London Pulse 
Megan Thorne Wasps Kaedin Gumbs Manchester Thunder 
Millie Van Nierop Loughborough Lightning Molly Hole Team Bath 
Peace Akinyemi London Pulse Rae Williams Manchester Thunder 
Pippa Dixon Saracens Mavericks  Silvia McCarthy Manchester Thunder 
Tabitha Tooms Loughborough Lightning Sophie Kelly Surrey Storm 
Yomi Eza-Wilson Manchester Thunder Yasmin Roebuck** Vice Captain Manchester Thunder 

**U21 programme