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Bess Heath

Bess is a 15-year-old lacrosse and rugby union player and cricketer from Holymoorside who is on the English Lacrosse Talent Pathway, England Rugby Union Midlands Under-15s Squad and the Kia Super League Cricket Development Pathway. She has also scored more than 1,000 runs batting for the Derbyshire Women's senior cricket team.

Bess says: "I am part of a 28-girl Academy squad, comprising the top 120 players in the country representing England Midlands Rugby and playing Divisional Matches, attending training camps and accessing skills training with the Leicester Tigers Group.

"My achievements in County and England Pathway cricket have led me to be scouted for the new England Women's Development Programme and the inaugural Women's Super League Yorkshire Diamonds Training programme.

"I play as as batter and wicket-keeper for Derbyshire Country Ladies XI, Under-17s, Under-15s and Chesterfield/Sheffield Ladies XI and Baslow Men's XI and Under-15s teams.

"I scored over 1,000 runs for Derbyshire County Cricket this summer and scored my maiden century in the final Ladies County XI promotion match, helping Derbyshire Ladies secure Division 2 promotion.

"I regularly help coach and promote rugby and cricket in schools. I have just passed my rugby referee and first level of rugby coaching qualifications and was awarded the Rugby Football Union Presidents Award 2016 for my volunteering work.

"My training programme encompasses all of my sports on a daily basis. I work from a tailored Personal Training and Development Plan that covers strength and conditioning, fitness testing, endurance training, sports psychology and nutrition.

"My season goals are to continue playing across all sports at a consistently high standard, training alongside and aspiring to the high standards of England and international players during development sessions.

"My sporting ambitions are to progress through the England Women's Sports Pathways and represent England in my chosen sports, while continuing to recruit, coach and inspire girls at grass roots level in Derbyshire to get involved in sport."