A talented netball player from Caverswall is set to represent England this summer at a World Cup competition.
Brogan Griffiths, 20, a sports therapy student at Staffordshire University, will take a place in the team taking on the rest of the world at the Women’s Indoor Netball Association World Cup held in South Africa in May 2014.
She said: “It’s hard to believe that I will now be representing my country in South Africa and I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am with my achievement.”
Brogan started playing netball when she was seven at the Tean Valley Netball Club in Cheadle.
Since then, she has moved on to play in the West Midlands Regional Netball League under England netball coach Collette Thompson.
Ursula Smith, who runs Tean Valley Netball Club, and coached Brogan since she started, said she was “absolutely delighted” at the news.
She said: “Brogan has always been a talented player, but what she’s got extra to other people is the determination to succeed, to put in the hours to practice and to travel.
“She has also had superb parental support.”
Mrs Smith said Brogan has now become an example for her younger players.
She added: “Not only is it marvellous for Brogan, but it shows the other youngsters at our club what you can do with some talent and lots of hard work.
“I want her to enjoy it – what an experience!”
Currently following an intense programme in preparation for the competition, Brogan is travelling to Bristol and London each week to train with her fellow team members.
The World Championships are self-funded and Brogan is looking for sponsorship from any companies who would be interested in supporting her training and the South Africa tournament.