WBBL player and Ball-Up Sports Basketball product Megan Haines has been selected for the England U15 Girls squad and will be heading off to Copenhagen today to compete in a tournament against teams from Sweden, Belgium and Germany.
14-yr old Haines (pictured) joined the club through a relationship Head Coach Steve Vear has with Ball Up owner Ross James where since joining the Topcats she has grown dramatically as a player and person. Megan has beaten all the odds after tearing her ACL needing surgery to repair it, constantly working beyond her limits and staying mentally focused. Being rewarded with the England selection of representing her country truly shows how great things can happen through hard work and determination.
Ball-Up Sports, Ross James expressed just how important Topcats allowing a 14-yr old into an elite women’s programme has helped her to grow as a player.
“A problem that talented young female players face is how to find good, regular competition. Megan’s situation is slightly unique because of her athletic ability, so to even consider Megan playing women’s basketball at 14 yrs old meant that the situation would need to be right for her and also that a team would even consider allowing her in to their program.”
“Brixton was that great fit she needed on so many levels and more importantly, she was happy with the situation. It has provided her valuable court time with older players competing at a high level, on a consistent weekly basis. It has given her the court IQ she needs to play PG at a higher level. Her understanding of team offence and game tempo have improved significantly in the time she has been at Brixton.”
Haines was selected after attending try outs this summer and will be high in confidence flying out today after making the final 12-player squad. WBBL Head Coach Steve Vear is thrilled for Megan and sees something special in the rising star.
“Megan is one of those players you really don’t see too often. Her skill level is one the best I have seen for anyone her age in the country. It was just her confidence that needed a little help which is understandable after a horrible injury at such a young age. But she is a fighter: this you can’t teach and I’m so happy for her as she really deserves this and I’m excited to see how she continues to develop even more next season.”
From everyone at the Topcats club, we want to wish Megan all the success in Copenhagen this coming weekend.