The Great Britain Girls’ U17 squad are raising money to help fund their campaign to reach the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The British women will head to France for their qualification group from 12 – 15 March, taking on their hosts, Czech Republic, Portugal and Switzerland with the top two teams progressing to the Games.
While qualification won’t be easy, the Brits underlined their potential by finishing second in an U19 Four Nations tournament in Germany last season and are being mentored by members of the London 2012 Olympic squad.
The team has talent in abundance but they are desperately trying to raise money to fund training camps, travel and accommodation for the upcoming season to help boost their chances.
The team have been running bake sales at national league and local water polo events and are currently holding a raffle with some great prizes on offer such as signed Tom Daley vest and memorabilia, a pallet of craft beer from award-winning brewers Hepworth & Co, a week’s accommodation in a self-catered French six-bed ski apartment in January ’16, and dinner, bed and breakfast for two at the Queen’s Head Inn in Nassington, Northants.
The raffle will be drawn on Sunday 8 February so please contact Jill Dean this week if you would like to support the team by buying some tickets at £2 each.
Many of the GB squad will also be playing in National Age Group preliminaries and qualifiers over the next few months so look out for their performances on this site.
Great Britain U17 Women’s Squad
- Alison Tate (Caledonia)
- Hannah Edwards (Caledonia)
- Fleur Kennedy (Coventry)
- Beth Ward (Devonport Royal)
- Emily Pilkington (Leeds)
- Sophie Jackson (Leeds)
- Grace Rowland (Liverpool)
- Lucy Shaw (Liverpool)
- Verity McCoy (Liverpool)
- Annie Clapperton (Manchester)
- Niamh Campbell-O’Donnell (Manchester)
- Roisin Campbell-O’Donnell (Manchester)
- Dani Brazier (Mid Sussex Marlins)
- Grace Walker (Mid Sussex Marlins)
- Lara Partridge (Mid Sussex Marlins)
- Anna Szyszko (Otter)
- Helena Philips (Otter)
- Izzy Dean (Otter)
- Kathy Rogers (Otter)
- Mhairi Nurthen (Otter)
- Hayley Price (Tyldesley)