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Caverswall netballer Brogan Griffiths to represent England under-21s at World Indoor Netball Championships

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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UNIVERSITY student Brogan Griffiths, from Caverswall, pictured, has been selected to represent England under-21s at the World Indoor Netball Championships in South Africa in May.

But as the trip is self-funded, the 20-year-old needs to raise thousands of pounds in sponsorship to be able to make her dream international debut.

Brogan, a member of the Tean Valley and Linden (Birmingham) netball clubs, has to find £2,500 to fund the trip itself and would welcome a further £1,000 to cover the cost of her travels to Bristol and London each week to take part in an intensive training preparation programme.

She is making a determined personal effort to raise some of the cash by working part-time in a bar/restaurant in between her studies for a BSc degree in Sports Therapy at Staffordshire University, where she is now in the second year of a three-year course.

Brogan started playing netball for her local club Tean Valley at the age of seven, under the direction of head coach Ursula Smith, before progressing to regional level playing for Linden under England coach Collette Thompson.

She said: "I have trialled for many squads including West Midlands development squad and the National Talent League but this is by far my biggest and proudest achievement. It doesn't get much better than playing for your country."

Indoor netball is a variation of the traditional sevens game with a few different rule twists.

"It is played within nets and is tough, physically demanding, played at a fast pace and requires a lot of skill and spatial awareness," Brogan explained. The game as been popular in the southern hemisphere for many years and is now becoming a recognised world wide sport.

"Whilst I'm training hard on the tactical side of my game each week with my team mates I'm also working hard in my local gym to ensure that my fitness is at its peak in preparation for the World Championships in May."

The former Painsley RC Academy student said: "Any sponsorship would be greatly appreciated. Company logos can be included on training T-shirts, warm-up tops and kit bags.

"Website addresses can be placed under player profiles on the England website together with news feeds within social media and local press.

"It's hard to believe that I will now be representing my country in South Africa and I can't tell you how ecstatic I am with my achievement. I have always trained with dedication and determination with the ambition of playing for England. This is a dream come true."

Anyone interested in sponsoring Brogan and promoting their business can obtain more details emailing brogan_94@hotmail.co.uk. Alternatively they can sponsor her direct at www.gofundme.com/6jobug

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