In light of the recent launch of Sport England’s popular campaign This Girl Can two pupils from Talbot Heath School in Bournemouth have certainly proved just that as they are set to represent England in their respective sports. Lower 5 pupil Ella Pusey has been recently training with her U16 England football squad, and Upper 5 pupil Abigail Robson has been selected for the England U17 European Competition squad for netball. Both girls who are currently studying GCSE courses are fitting in their academic studies around regular sports training. Ella recently returned from St Georges Park, Burton-Upon-Trent where she attended a two day football training camp run by the ISFA (Independent Schools Football Association) and where she has been playing in her new role as part of the squad. The 14-year-old said it has been, ‘a challenge but a challenge that I enjoyed.’ She added, ‘It was an incredible experience. Not only did I learn on the pitch but it gave me an important and exciting glimpse of what it would be like to an England international. It made me want to achieve my dream even more.’
Abigail, who is 16-years-old and currently sitting her mock exams, is no less determined saying what a wonderful opportunity she has been given. The selection process for the squad involved a whole weekend in Sheffield training and playing matches. Her schedule includes twice weekly training in Bath on top of regular matches and study. She will be touring with the England squad in March. The Head stated how proud she is of these sportswomen, saying they are ‘inspirational role models for all of the pupils at Talbot Heath.’ The school community would like to wish them the very best of luck in all of their future endeavours and matches.