We are thrilled to report Imogen Allison, former Brooksbank student and netball captain has been called to the England Netball Vitality Roses programme for the 2021-22 international season. Imogen is among 24 athletes to be selected.
The 23-year-old, who studied Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Bath and plays for Team Bath, has established herself as one of the country’s most promising young defenders, says England Netball.
Looking back at her early years, Imogen was already playing netball at primary school. When she joined Brooksbank, members of the PE Department recognised her abilities, not just in netball but in gymnastics and athletics too.
Imogen says, “When I first started playing for my club, my school coach recognised that I could probably trial for district teams and county teams. My PE teachers were probably my biggest influence. They started me off and sent me to trials to get me to a higher level.”
Former PE teacher turned Deputy Head, Zandra Puddephatt, says, “Imogen was an outstanding all-rounder in any sport she put her hand to. A natural talent, she represented school nationally in Gymnastics and Athletics at the English Schools Athletics Championships as a sprinter.”
At Brooksbank, her talents radiated, just like her smile! She also had a great sense of fun. But playing sport was not the only thing that resonated with Imogen. This young girl engaged with everything she did. Here are some of her standouts at Brooksbank: performing in an Evening of Entertainment (2009), engaging in outdoor pursuits at Ambleside (2010), performing at the school’s Centenary Concert (2012), visiting Paris for a five-day Netball Festival (2014), where Imogen was named Player of the Tournament.
Mrs Puddephatt continues, “I coached the Year 8 Netball team in my PE-teaching days. They were a highly successful team and regional champions every year. Imogen was one of these outstanding players. Teresa Banks, who was Head of PE at the time, was a fantastic role model who took Brooksbank Netball to the next level. Soon we were competing nationally, and her talents were clear for all to see; Imogen always played up a year or two!”
“Imogen is a sporting superstar and deserves this success. We wish her well; she will be an asset to the Vitality Roses Squad.”
Katherine Ratcliffe, England Netball.
Conor de Smith, England Netball.