Vicki Oyesola and Ella Clark

Lightning players selected for Vitality Roses campaign

Four Loughborough Lightning players have received a Roses programme agreement for the 2019-20 international season.

Vicki Oyesola, Nat Panagarry, Ella Clark and Jessica Shaw are part of the 25-strong squad which will be considered for England selection for the new campaign.

Shaw returns to the squad after a difficult period of injury, whilst current Loughborough student Vicki Oyesola is also selected. The 21-year-old is currently enrolled on the Mechanical Engineering programme and retains her place in the senior squad.

Lightning captain Nat Panagarry has been given the nod after a successful Netball World Cup, in which she helped England secure the bronze medal. She said:

“A lot of people can see the development in the national side since the full-time programme was introduced. We’ve got so many world-class netballers and so many young players coming through the Vitality Netball Superleague as well. I think it’s really exciting what the next four years are going to bring.”

Ella Clark added:

“I’m so excited to be included in the Roses programme again and to work alongside some of the best players in the country, day in, day out is a fantastic opportunity.”

Jess Thirlby, Vitality Roses Head Coach, said:

“I would like to congratulate all athletes on their selection into the Roses programme. It is wonderful to have so much talent in our Roses and Futures programme. There are a lot of exciting international competitions for us to look forward to in 2019-20 calendar, which I see as opportunities for us to expose both our experienced and newer talent too. I’m very much looking forward to working with this team as we head into another very exciting year for our sport.

“Each year of the Roses programme is critical for different reasons as we now start to look ahead and prepare for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the South Africa Netball World Cup in 2023.”