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Trent College Sixth Form student Sarah Glenn is blazing a trail for female sport at the school after being selected for both the ECB’s England Women's Cricket Academy and the England Hockey Under 18s squad.
The 17-year-old from Loscoe, Derbyshire was an England U16 hockey regular in the 2014-15 season and was first selected for the England Women’s Cricket Development programme the following year. But this is the first time she has featured regularly in both national squads at the same time.
After concussion forced her to miss an U18 hockey trip to Holland at Easter, Sarah recently featured in England’s 3-0 series win against the Wales Development Squad at Bisham Abbey. She was part of the Trent College U18s side that finished fourth at the National Schools Hockey Championships for Girls in March too.
With bat and ball, she has also been selected for the Loughborough Lightning Training Squad, preparing for the televised Kia Women’s Cricket Super League in August, while as well as helping coach on the school’s girls' cricket programme, she is a member of the Trent College boys’ 1st XI.
Sarah, who still finds time to play for Denby Cricket Club and Belper Ladies Hockey Club too, said: “My main objective has always been to enjoy sport and work hard at improving. The national selection processes involves several levels so I’m normally focusing on trying to get to the next level and not looking too far ahead.
“Both sports have intensive fitness programmes involving four or five sessions a week, but fortunately I can combine many of the sessions as they overlap. I also have international camps to attend, which can range from two to four a month, plus club and school training and competitions too.
“At first it was difficult balancing everything; I’ve had to become much better at organising my time to try to plan ahead so I can keep on top of my studies as well as my training. This helps when I have an intensive period of sport as I feel more relaxed if I know I don’t have to spend time catching up on work the next week.”
Sarah comes from a cricketing family. But watching her sister, Hannah, play hockey she was bitten by that bug too and thrived under the guidance of Derbyshire C.C cricketer Wayne Madsen, who also played senior hockey for South Africa and was Sarah’s coach at Belper Ladies when she initially progressed to the Ladies 1st XI.
A batsman and leg spin bowler, Sarah is delighted to see girls cricket growing in popularity at Trent College, led by the school’s Head of Cricket Scott Boswell. Now she hopes even more girls will see the opportunities across many sports.
Adam Benstead, Director of Sport at Trent College, said: “Sarah is a fantastic role model for all the girls at school, not simply in terms of her achievements but her attitude and how she applies herself to the rest of school life too. She might be excelling at a high level but she enjoys sport and her enthusiasm rubs off on others.”