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Thistles “rested”for Netball Europe

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Netball Scotland have confirmed they wont be taking part in the forthcoming event.

National Head Coach Gail Parata has confirmed that the Scottish Thistles are being rested after an intense summer of netball. It has been a long and physically demanding season for the team who not only competed as the Scottish Thistles in the 2019 Netball World Cup, held in Liverpool from the 12th to the 21st of July, but also competed in the Vitality Netball Superleague as the Strathclyde Sirens during its 2018-2019 season. This decision was not taken lightly but athlete wellbeing must remain at the forefront of our performance programme.

National Head coach Gail Parata said:
“The decision was made not to enter Netball Europe Open this year so that the athletes would receive a minimum of 6 weeks off court and away from the commitments of netball life. The athletes have now returned looking well rested for the new season as the Scottish Thistle national programme starts this weekend with trials of which we have received over 60 registrations”.

But that doesn’t mean Scotland are not competing on the international stage anytime soon! Our U21 National squad are heading into their Netball Europe campaign which will take place in Worcester over the weekend of 4-6 October. As such, the performance team are able to focus more time on our youth athletes giving them an enhanced training and development opportunity.

Head of Performance Gail Parata said:
“The Scotland U21s play their competition a week before the Open Championships and following that competition the performance programme focus will shift towards ramping up the U21 programme in preparation for the Netball World Youth Cup in Fiji 2021.”

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