Storm start working with new recruits

Western Storm have announced their South West Regional Development Programme Squad for 2018, designed to identify and support players who have the potential to progress to the England Academy and play in the Kia Super League in years to come.

The 15 players identified from across the region will take part in the programme that consists of nine training days before Christmas and six more afterwards.

The players will also feature in pre-season fixtures against women’s county teams from around the South West.

The pre-Christmas programme will see the players, who have been selected from Somerset, Gloucestershire, Devon, Wales and Cornwall, being put through their paces at the Cooper Associates County Ground, the Brightside Ground and at the University of Exeter.

A number of Western Storm coaches will be working directly with the players including head coach Trevor Griffin and pace bowling coach Ben Phillips. Two other members of the Storm’s backroom staff will also be on hand to work with the players. These are Jon Pitts (mental skills), and Zak Bess (strength and conditioning).

Former Western Storm head coach and World Cup winner Caroline Foster and current Somerset women and girls’ coach Paul Lawrence will be giving the players the benefit of their extensive knowledge of the women’s game.

Development Squad: Olivia Churcher (Devon), Amber Cummins (Cornwall), Emily Dibble (Somerset), Emily Edgcombe (Devon), Lauren Filer (Somerset), Sophie Florides (Devon), Alex Griffith (Wales), Rebecca Halliday (Devon), Steph Hutchins (Devon), Daisy Meadowcroft (Devon), Ellie Mitchell (Cornwall), Georgia Parfitt (Wales), Charlotte Scarborough (Wales), Sophie Thomas (Wales), and Nat Wraith (Gloucestershire).

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