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Francesca Britten

Francesca Britten.

The 16-year-old Darkstar Volleyball player, from Derby, has been selected for the England Juniors and is a member of the England Junior Academy at Loughborough College, having represented the East Midlands Volleyball squad for three years.

Francesca says: "As a member of the National Volleyball Academy at Loughborough College, where I am studying a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science, I train four days a week.

"As a elite athlete on the Volleyball England Talent Pathway, I attend England training camps and has been selected for the first team of my club side, Darkstar, which plays in the National Volleyball Div Two League.

"I am coached by GB Olympic star Maria Bertelli and have also captained the East Midlands Under-16s volleyball team.

"My ambitions for the season are to keep learning and improving, to represent England and to cement my place in Darkstar's first team.

"I have only been playing volleyball for three years, but feel I have made very good progress, with lots of opportunity ahead of me. In the longer term, I would love to represent GB, especially at the Olympics."