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Loughborough Students Volleyball Club
National Women's Development Squad

A week in the life of a National Development Player!!
MONDAY:         7.30 - 8.30am. Weight training in Powerbase
                            9.00 - 5.00pm. LECTURES!!
                            5.00 - 7.00pm. Volleyball Skills Training
TUESDAY:       7.30 - 8.30am. Plyometrics in Dance Studio
                            9.00 - 4.00pm. LECTURES!!!!
                            4.00 - 6.00pm. Volleyball Skills Training 
WEDNESDAY: 7.30 - 8.30am. Core Stability in Powerbase
                            9.00 - 5.00pm. LECTURES!!
                            5.00 - 7.00pm. Volleyball Skills Training
THURSDAY:    7.30 - 8.30am. Weight training in Powerbase
                            9.00 - 5.00pm. LECTURES!!
                            5.00 - 7.00pm. Volleyball Skills Training
FRIDAY:            7.30 - 8.30am.  Plyometrics in Dance Studio
                            9.00 - 5.00pm. LECTURES!!
                            5.00 - 7.00pm. Volleyball Skills Training

Past and Present Players
* (Present Players)
*Jennifer Taylor (Jenna) found her touch at Bolton V.C. Jenn moved to Loughborough in 1998 to complete her A-levels. Jenn has captained the Junior National side and has represented England in the Senior National team and the GB Student Squad at the Universiade in Beijing 2001.
*Katy Virr (Verby) moved from Leeds at the age of 16 in 1999 to attend Loughborough college and train daily with the development programme. Since Katy has moved, she has been selected for a number of squads including England Juniors, England Seniors and GB Students.
*Carly Williams (Willy, Bags) from Bristol also made the move to Loughborough at the age of 16. The second youngest player to achieve Senior representation for her country in 1999 against Norway. Carly has captained the Junior side and is a member of the Senior National Team.
*Lucy Wicks (Wicksy) has Wessex roots and has progressed from Junior selection to Senior selection, and has also achieved GB representation in the Universiade in Beijing over her 2 years on the programme.
*Rachel Laybourne (Label) commuted from Sheffield to Loughborough before officially joining the University in 2001. Rachel has made phenomenal progress and has achieved a starting place in the Senior Line up. She has a great impact on the outcome of the Loughborough Student team and recently won the MVP at the National Finals in 2002.
*Liana Herbert (Llama) added height to the squad on her arrival in 2001. At the age of 16 she attends Loughborough College currently studying A'Levels. She is currenly represents the Junior National Side and was a member of the Loughborough side that made the National Final in 2002.
*Rachel Bragg (Braggster) has a great deal of potential, but has been hindered by a knee injury during her first year on the programme. Rachel moved from Cleobury V.C to Loughborough also at the age of 16. Currently a member of the Junior National Side, she played an important role in the National Cup Final, which gave us an insight of whats to come.
*Chantel Mortimer (Twiglet) moved back from Russia to fulfil her ambition of representing England at a Senior Level.  After 1 year on the programme she has achived this and was selected for the Universiade in Beijing in 2001.
Maria Bertelli (Mazza) one of the founding players to arrive at Loughborough in 1997. Originally playing for Manchester Utd V.C, Maria left her previous university to fulfil her ambition of daily volleyball training with the hopes of becoming a professional player.  This proved to be a crucial move and has resulted in her signing 2 professional contracts in Belgium since leaving the prgramme in 2000. Her move to Belgium has brought many qualities to her presence in the National Team and GB Student team.
Kate Fiddler (Fidz) also joined the programme in 1997, from Manchester Utd V.C.  2 years into her training she took a year out and played in the French league for Lyon, before returning to Loughborough for her final year.  In her early days Kate captained the England Junior Team, and went on to play for the Senior National Team. On her departure from Loughborough Kate represented GB students in the World Student Games, Beijing 2001.
Karen Ingham (Ginger) formly of Leeds V.C, brought a great deal of stability to both the Loughborough Womens team and particularly the National Team as a result of daily training. Currently a member of the Loughborough 2 womens team, and opting for a career in the Police service.
Georgina Poulton (George) a talented athlete from Wessex V.C proved to be a quality player both on the indoor scene and on the beach.
Victoria Fairchild (Fairy) joined the programme in 1998, also from Wessex V.C  Vicky achieved selection for England Seniors and was a member of the Loughborough Team winning the EVA Knockout Cup in 1999.
Victoria Neate (Neatster) made fantastic progress over her 3 years on the Programme, after leaving London Q.K.X, achieving a starting 6 place in the Senior National Team and participated in the Universiade in Beijing 2001.

If you would like to learn more about the National Women's Development Programme contact coach Craig Handford.