12 December 2019
India is one of 33 girls from all over Scotland to train with the squad with a view to hopefully being part of the national squad. The squad will train all over the country – Glasgow, Dundee or Edinburgh – every second weekend. India was chosen for Goal Shooter and Goal Attack positions.
The fifteen year-old started playing when she was nine years old with the Perth Junior Netball Team. She decided she liked the sport so much that she trialed for Perth U12, was accepted, then carried on and now plays for their U17 team. India trains at Kilgraston’s gym throughout the week.
The young enthusiast plays in four other teams; Perth U17s Club, Perth U17s District; Old Ship Inn Ladies’ Team and Kilgraston Seniors and now the national academy.
This is the first year that there has been a national development squad. Until recently there were three different divisions but they have now amalgamated to form one development squad.
“I was selected for trial at the Oriam Stadium in Edinburgh (Scotland’s national performance centre) at the end of August. I was really thrilled to get the call saying I had a place. All the hard work has paid off. Eventually I would like to play for the Scottish Thistles, the national team who play in Commonwealth Games and World Cup. My mum played at university and encouraged me to try to try it and I’m very glad that she did. Training involves lots of fitness and stamina work and ball skills.”
There’s no respite over Christmas though, India will still go to the gym do lots of running.