Nineteen-year-old University of Bath Sports Performance student Kadeen Corbin is thrilled to have been called into the senior England netball squad for the first time after being selected for the upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.
“I’m so excited, I can’t wait,” said Kadeen, who plays for Team Bath Toucans and has played just two Fiat Netball Superleague fixtures for Team Bath.
Kadeen is one of five Team Bath players named in England’s 14-strong squad for the southern hemisphere tour alongside Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Gemma Fletcher, Stacey Francis and Serena Guthrie.
Four former Team Bath players, including Kadeen’s sister Sasha, a University of Bath graduate, also feature in the squad.
Despite never having been on tour, Kadeen, who plays goal shooter or goal attack, says she is up for the challenge and hopes that travelling to play the top two teams in the world will be a valuable experience.
Kadeen suffered an injury in 2009 which forced her to drop out of the England under-19 team. Despite this, she was determined to become an England netball player. She began studying at the University of Bath last year and after a few months she made her Fiat Netball Superleague debut against Glasgow. “Superleague was a big step up in my career,” she said.
Kadeen is part of the Trendell Family Scholarship, which helps with funding for young athletes in order to pay for transport and equipment.
Kadeen’s sporting idols are her mum, who played netball for Middlesex County, her sister, who has also played for both Team Bath and England, and Pamela Cookey, who is the current Team Bath Superleague captain and also plays as a GA and GS.
After a gruelling twenty-six hour flight with a transfer in Hong Kong, the England team will play two tests against Commonwealth champions New Zealand followed by three tests against world champions Australia.
England fly out to New Zealand on Monday (26 September). Fixtures are:
Test 1 v New Zealand, Monday 3 October – Auckland
Test 2 v New Zealand, Thursday 6 October – Invercargill
Test 1 v Australia, Sunday 9 October – Newcastle
Test 2 v Australia, Wednesday 12 October – Canberra
Test 3 v Australia, Sunday 16 October – Sydney
Team Bath play their first home game of the new Fiat Super league season on Monday 30 January when they host Northern Thunder. Tickets are available now.
Phase one of the team’s home fixtures are as follows:
Monday 30 January: v Northern Thunder (TV) 7.15pm
Friday 3 February: v Surrey 7.15pm
Thursday 23 February: v Mavericks (Live TV) 7.15pm
Friday 2 March: v Yorkshire Jets 7.15pm
All matches are played at the Team Bath Arena at the University of Bath Sports Training Village. All home games start at 8pm, with 45 minutes of pre-game entertainment after the above event start times.
Group rate available: buy ten get one free
Phase one limited offer bundle (Until 10th October)
Buy four games for the price of three
Adult: £24 (£6 per game)
Concessions: £18 (£4.50 per game)
All tickets are available on the Team Bath website at: www.teambath.com/events/ticketline or by calling the ticketline on: 0844 888 4412
Group Bookings call: 0844 888 4420
Tickets will be released for phase two once the fixtures have been confirmed.