SQUAD DREAM: Gladstone netballers Imogen Collins, Samarah Belton, Keeley Dillon and Abbi Cooper, all 13, were accepted in to next year’s regional development squad.
SQUAD DREAM: Gladstone netballers Imogen Collins, Samarah Belton, Keeley Dillon and Abbi Cooper, all 13, were accepted in to next year’s regional development squad. Mike Richards

Young netballers to get specialised training in squad

FOUR Gladstone netballers are taking steps to furthering their skills, after they were accepted into a Regional Development Squad for 2016.

Imogen Collins, Samarah Belton, Keeley Dillon and Abbi Cooper, all 13, say netball is their main sporting priority.

Almost 100 young netballers tried out for the squad in October this year.

"It feels really good to know that we made it, we all feel really proud," Abbi said.

The development squad will offer specialised training suited to their positions.

The young sportswomen see it as a stepping stone to the Netball Queensland Regional Academy for when they turn 15.

"I hope they focus on our positional play skills," Abbi said. "I'd like for us to improve on our confidence and knowledge in our own positions," Keeley said.

Although they don't all go to school together, they've made a special friendship through their love for the sport. "Netball is such a good team sport and you get to meet new people through playing and travelling," Abbi said.

Starting in February, they will attend four camps throughout the year and work with a local network coach.

Other programs they will take part in include home programs for strength and conditioning, progressive fitness testing and footwork and ball skills.