Netball stars make team bath

Year 11 & 10 students, Emily Churchill and Gemma Hughes, have both been successful in their trial for Team Bath Netball Academy.

During the five-hour trial, held over two weekends at the Team Bath Athlete Development Centre in Exeter, both young sportswomen were competing against the best regional and county players in the area. The Team Bath Futures Pathway is made up of Academy Development Centres that run across the South West, allowing nearly 200 aspiring netballers – aged from 14 to 18 – to benefit from top-class coaching plus lifestyle and sports science support.

Gemma (L) and Emily were both successful in their netball trial
Gemma (L) and Emily were both successful in their netball trial


Team Bath is third tier of netball England Pathway and part of the Superleague Franchise who have 11 hubs across the country, comprising of talented athletes aged 14-20. These hubs are designed to have a high-performance atmosphere to nurture and develop up-and-coming talent. Gemma and Emily will attend weekly training sessions and will have the opportunity to trial to represent the Superleague Franchise at U15 & U17 level.

College Teacher of Physical Education, Charlotte Tonge, said: “This is a huge achievement for both Gemma and Emily and a massive endorsement of their talent on the netball court. To be successful against such stiff competition is a real testament to their ability, drive and commitment to the game. We are incredibly proud of them both and cannot wait to hear of their success with Team Bath in the future.”

Emily Churchill