Thurston schoolgirl’s first England volleyball call-up is a big success

Amelia Hadjianastasi

Amelia Hadjianastasi - Credit: Archant

Thurston Community College student, Amelia Hadjianastasi earned her first call-up to the England Juniors Volleyball Squad for the Sainsbury’s School Games, which were held in Manchester, at the weekend.

Sainsbury’s School Games, which were held in Manchester, at the weekend.

England Juniors played five matches in a group stage, Amelia, who trains with Bury Bobcats VC and is part of Volleyball England’s satellite academy at The Boswells School in Chelmsford, featuring heavily as her team went unbeaten to secure a place in Sunday’s final against Scotland West.

Scotland were the eventual winners, pipping England in a deciding set, 15-11, but that couldn’t dampen Amelia’s excitement at what she had been a part of.

“It was my best Volleyball experience to date and I didn’t want it to end,” she said.

“My team were excellent, it was a tough competition with a lot of talent, it stretched me as an athlete and I learnt a lot from it. “Having supportive parents has really helped me as they regularly give up their weekends to drive me to competitions and training up and down the country so without them this wouldn’t have been possible.

I will now be concentrating on the National under-18 competitions which start in a few weeks and continuing to train with the England Junior Squad.

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“I am looking forward to a successful future with England’s volleyball squads.”

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