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Great Britain women’s football squad announced for World University Games 18/06/2009

Some of the best young female football talent from the FA Women’s Premier League have been selected to represent Great Britain at the World University Games (WUGs) this year in Belgrade, Serbia.

Gwennan HarriesSome of the best young female football talent from the FA Women’s Premier League have been selected to represent Great Britain at the World University Games (WUGs) this year in Belgrade, Serbia.

The squad consists of players who have represented high profile clubs such as Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool Ladies as well as girls who have played for English, Scottish and Welsh Universities at the British University Games in Edinburgh 2008.

For Gwennan Harries (pictured left) Belgrade will be her 2nd WUGs. The UWIC forward, has been the most deadly striker in the BUCS Premier League since coming back from WUGs in Bangkok in 2007, amassing over 20 international caps for the senior Wales team. Other promising international talent includes players who have come through England U20 and U23 squads, such as Levi Penney from MMU Cheshire.

Four players in the squad study at Liverpool John Moores University, with Everton’s Alex Culvin and Amy Kane being joined by Liverpool FC twin sisters Vicky and Kelly Jones (pictured right). The twins have been part of the English Universities programme for the last two years and have excelled under the guidance of team manager Kate Rowson.

Young defender, Faye Marsh, has just completed her first year at the University of Hertfordshire, celebrating winning the BUCSVicky & Jones (centre) celebrate scoring in teh BUSA (now BUCS) shield final 2007 South Premier Title with a call up to the GBR Belgrade Team. Having captained British Colleges before higher education, the Arsenal player is thrilled to have been selected:

“I’m really looking forward to testing myself at this level” said Marsh. “I have trained with some of the biggest names in the English game at club level such as Kelly Smith and Rachel Yankey. This experience should further help my development.”
 
With so much talent and experience in the squad the selected players will certainly be aiming for medals in Belgrade. The team will face Estonia in their opening game on 30 June before meeting Chinese Taipei two days later.  The final group game sees Great Britain face World University Games 2007 silver medallists Russia, in what will be a tough test for Team GBR.

Full squad

Name - Institution - Club
Naomi Bruton - Loughborough University - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Lauren Wells - University of Bath - Team Bath
Vicky Jones - Liverpool John Moores University - Liverpool
Faye Marsh - University of Hertfordshire - Arsenal
Grace McCatty - University of Bath - Bristol Academy
Rachael Axon - Oregon State University - Pali Blues
Lauren Impey - Bedfordshire University - Leicester
Alex Culvin - Liverpool John Moores University - Everton
Jade Radburn - Loughborough University - Leicester
Amy Kane - Liverpool John Moores University - Everton
Julie Melrose - Edinburgh University - Spartans
Danni Ackerman - UWIC - Bristol Academy
Kelly Jones - Liverpool John Moores University - Liverpool
Lauren Walker - University of Hertfordshire - Arsenal
Levi Penny - MMU Cheshire - Nottingham Forest
Gwennan Harries - UWIC - Bristol Academy
Katie Anderton - University of Bolton - Blackburn
Jodie Taylor - Oregon State University - Pali Blues
Sophie Perry - University of Brighton - Chelsea
Katie Holtham - University of Nottingham - Leeds Carnegie

Team Management
Kate Rowson – Team Manager
Andy Spence - Head Coach
Kerry Harris - Assistant Coach
Dawn Scott - Sports Scientist
Tracy Lewis - Physiotherapist

Pictures:
Gwennan Harries - Credit Michael Fortune (UWIC AU)
Vicky & Kelly Jones - Credit James Prickett

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