England Women Back to International Duty
30th June 2016
England’s women return to international volleyball action next month at the European Global Challenge in Croatia.
The team, which includes two London 2012 Olympians as well as a number of debutants, will be the first side England has fielded internationally in a number of years.
Ciara Michel, who currently plays professional volleyball in Turkey, said it was great to be back with some of her former team mates and coaches.
“It’s nice to play with the team again, especially with the coaches and team mates from London 2012.
“We’ve got some young talent and some experienced players on the squad so this competition will be a good starting point for us.
“It’s going to be a challenging competition as we are in the early stages of getting the team together but we do have potential.”
England will face teams from the USA in the annual event which is used by a number of top flight teams as a key development event.
David Goodchild, head coach for the team, said: “It is fantastic to have the team back together after a long time and the buy in from the experienced players has been great.
“It will be a tough competition but we are continuing to grow the programme and will be looking to build the talent pool.
“The influence of Olympians Grace (Carter) and Ciara (Michel) has been great, the youngsters can learn a lot from these role models about playing at this level.
“We’ve got a fantastic team of staff supporting us too so we’re looking forward to getting out there and competing.”
The team announcement follows the recent resurgence in volleyball in England with Volleyball England running a full international programme, with teams from under 17 to senior age group back competition this year.
The England team comprises:
Amelia Stamp Tendring
Angel Beckford Wessex
Ciara Michel* Bursa Buyuksehir Belediyespor
Eleanor Cranch Plymouth VC
Grace Carter* Paris Stade Francais
Grace Lazard Iowa State University
Jessica Lane Tendring VC
Jodie Amor Team Northumbria
Jodie Gregson Team Northumbria
Lauren Joyce UNB Varsity Reds
Magda Ropiak Team Northumbria
Paige Fullerton Team Northumbria
Verere Oyearone London Polonia
Whitney Wilde Team Durham