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Ex Millbrook Student Reaches New Heights in Netball Success

posted 11 Dec 2015, 04:35 by
Watching students achieve their best and continue on to great achievements is a great thing for a teacher to watch.

2008 bought yet another cohort of smart, keen students ready to take on their education at Millbrook Academy. A very sporty year I might add, with a number of boys playing at a high standard in football and a few girls not sure about what sports they would pursue. As with every year, we spot talent during lessons, a few girls began to show a keen interest in netball. We would practise at lunch time and then have a training session after school.

During year 8 Paige Reed started to shine and show huge potential. The year above were always short of a player on a match day due to other commitments so Paige was soon moved into play in the year above, getting exposure of playing with another good netballer, Alix Matthews. Her development was good, but we needed to keep her playing regularly. During 2010, Paige attended Satellite trials and we began looking for a team for to play for. Her success at Satellites meant that she would need to be stretching her game for to be able to play at a higher level, so I introduced her to Hucclecote, a great basis for progression.

She performed well and was soon identified by Gilly Salter as having potential that needed to be nurtured. Additional support was put in place between school, Satellite and the club to ensure that she was getting the time she required. This also included training at Bath.

2011-2012 would be difficult as finals for GCSE’s approached and an unexpected illness, made England selections seem a distant memory. However, she worked hard to get back to fitness and it paid off. I couldn’t have been prouder of her.

Paige went on to attend Hartpury which has only enhanced her performance and despite her not being with us every day I am still privileged to hear how she is doing. This also included seeing her play against Malawi in the run up to the Commonwealth Games.

Last week I found out that she has been selected into the England High Performance Academy so contacted her to say how pleased I was to hear her news. She is doing well at Bath University and was kind enough to pass on these kind words.

“During my years at Millbrook Academy I received thorough support with regards to my education as well as my netball aspirations. With this help and dedication from the school I was able to obtain 7C’s, 5B’s, 1A, and 3A*s, as well as making the U17’s England squad at the time. These grades exceeded the requirements to get into Hartpury where I studied Sport and Exercise Science and excelled further into my sport by getting into the U19’s. I am now studying Sports Performance at the University of Bath and representing England U21’s. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support and encouragement I was constantly given at Millbrook Academy and I am truly grateful for everything they have done for me as a student, and an athlete.”

We have many students like Paige that go on to achieve great things and it is always lovely to hear about their successes