Peebles pair’s hard work earns international honour

Jo Pettitt (left) and Caillie Douce U17 scotland netball team.
Jo Pettitt (left) and Caillie Douce U17 scotland netball team.

PEEBLES NETBALL is celebrating the achievement of two of its players, following selection on Sunday by Netball Scotland, being among the 12 players to take part in the under-17 European championships in Dublin in March.

Jo Pettitt, 15, and Caillie Douce, 16, trialled for the Scotland long squad in August and were among the 18 players selected.

Since then they have undergone a gruelling training programme, including weekend squad training in East Kilbride, strength and conditioning work, and weekly early-morning sessions from 7-9am in Edinburgh, training with Edinburgh University first team players.

In addition, the players have managed to fit in training sessions with their team-mates at Peebles Netball and also play for an Edinburgh-based adult outfit – Holyrood Netball Club – to get broader matchplay experience.

After four months of training the final selection of 12 players was made by Lesley MacDonald, national team coach, with Jo, from West Linton, and Caillie, of Peebles, both making the cut. Jo has been selected to play goal shooter and goal attack, while Caillie will play centre and wing defence.

Peebles Netball coach Linda Nicholson told TheSouthern: “Everyone at Peebles Netball is thrilled for Jo and Caillie.

“In addition to being tremendous athletes, these players have shown true dedication in applying themselves to their training and we are delighted that their determination has paid off,” said Linda.

“We are also proud to be the only club in Scotland with two players in the under-17 squad. This is a huge boost to the club and gives all players something to aim for.”

The pair will now follow a nine-week training programme in the lead-up to the European championships.

Jo and Caillie made successful applications to the Scottish Borders Athlete Support Programme.