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Cherese Naylor

Cherese Naylor.

The 17-year-old, from Codnor and a student at Derby College, is a member of Ripley Netball Club and has been selected to play from Loughborough Lightning's National Performance League squad.

Cherese says: "I can't remember when I was first introduced to netball; I have grown up with it, going to watch my mum train and play.

"I can remember when I was about seven years old asking if I could join in at training and from there I was hooked, I trained with Ripley Netball Club and played up age groups.

"I soon became the youngest member of the Derbyshire Satellite Academy when I was 10 and moved into the Derbyshire Academy when I was 12 and then to the Regional Performance Academy at 14.

"In addition to the Regional Performance Academy, I gained a place in the Loughborough Lightning's NPL squad when I was 15 and I have currently gained my place for a third year.

"Last season, I went for England trials but unfortunately didn't gain a place. However, I trialled for British Colleges and was successful. I have trials to regain my place for this season at the end of November.

"I not only love my training and playing netball, but when I was just 12 years old I also became the youngest ever qualified umpire and last year I qualified as a level 1 netball coach."