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Team Bath's Jess Thirlby named new England netball head coach

Former Team Bath player Jess Thirlby is to take over from Tracey Neville as England head coach. Credit: Team Bath

Former Team Bath head coach Jess Thirlby has been appointed England netball head coach.

Thirlby, who left the Blue and Golds this summer after 20 years as player and coach, succeeds Tracey Neville. She takes on the role days after the Roses won bronze at the Netball World Cup.

Jess Thirlby coaching the Blue and Golds at Bath University. Credit: ITV West Country

Thirlby represented England from 1991 to 2006 and has also coached the international squad at every level. She says she's looking forward to building on the momentum of the Roses' world cup campaign.

It is an absolute honour and privilege to be appointed as the Vitality Roses head coach. I have a huge amount of respect for Tracey, the Roses and the team behind them that have led this wonderful sport to where it is today. This is a great time to be taking on the role as we head into netball‘s exciting next chapter. My focus will be to harness and build upon the momentum and solid foundation gained over the past four years.

I recognise and am truly honoured that England Netball have put their faith in me to take on this pivotal role within the England programme and can’t wait to get stuck in.

– Jess Thirlby, England Head Coach

Joanna Adams, the CEO of England Netball, says her "thorough understanding of the elite netball landscape and experience of working with some of the Vitality Roses’, both past and present, makes her the perfect fit for this role".

Meanwhile Sara Symington, England Netball's Performance Director describes her as "living and breathing" netball.

After seeing Jess’ success and progression as a coach over the years, it is clear that she lives and breathes netball and has done an outstanding job at creating a positive culture at Team Bath throughout her time there.

I’m sure she will do an equally brilliant job working with the Roses and we are delighted to have her on board.

– Sara Symington, Performance Director, England Netball

Thirlby - and the Roses - will now set their sights on success at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

England celebrating bronze at the Netball World Cup - will there be even greater success at the Commonwealth Games under Jess Thirlby? Credit: PA