A COLLEGE student in Eastleigh has battled off hundreds of other students to be selected for an English National Netball Squad.

Barton Peveril student, Grace Wood was selected for the Association of Colleges 20-person squad after competing against hundreds of students in her trial.

The youngster, who plays Netball fr Swan Netball Club in Eastleigh, was nominated for a trial by a netball coach at Barton Peveril, and after her video portfolio was submitted, she attended a trial in Nottingham where 250 players were narrowed down to 20.

Grace said: "I feel extremely proud and excited to be selected for the AoC Squad and I cannot wait for the upcoming weekends with the other players, to develop friendships and improve my Netball.”

The training camp took place in Sunderland this January, where the college star played a series of matches and then the squad travelled to Northern Ireland on February 14 for a match against the AoC Northern Irish National Netball Squad, which they won.

Barton Peveril Teacher of Sport Alix Christopher said: “We are so pleased to see Grace take her talent to a national level, representing the country’s colleges. Grace is a dedicated student and player and we cannot wait to see her continue to excel both at Barton Peveril and beyond.”