Winning when it matters the most, developing the thickness of direction in the group and shouldering expectation are all topics which are high on the agenda of the Vitality Roses’ head coach Jess Thirlby.
Thirlby was energised and excited with the challenge which lies ahead and took some time to speak to Sky Sports.
The head trainer used her opening camp to begin to share her vision with her players but was also intensely aware that she wants this vision to build up with her playing group.
“Winning as it matters the most is that the next bit for me. I think you could win the odd game in between big tournaments but finally you’ve got an England group now that are more determined than ever to keep experiencing success.
“We all know in game, after you win everyone expects you to keep on winning. Everybody is up for that challenge.”
Since being declared from the role, the international has spoken about the struggle of starting a brand new cycle at the shadow of this past.
“Yes we need to identify with all the victories of the Roses and celebrate them but we each need to make our right to have similar or much more success,” Thirlby mentioned.
“We can’t just lean on that, inherit this and expect it to simply continue. The expectation is on our shoulders now, that is the great thing about sport.
“Everybody expects England today to be able to topple on the Aussies, South Africans, Jamaicans and Kiwis at some stage because we have now demonstrated that we can do it. It’s about doing this.
“That is a enormous challenge for any sports team, getting to the top is one thing but staying there is another. I’m really embracing this challenge. I have learnt I really don’t like anything. I have probably walked to the job at a great time based on this!”
The very first stop for 15 of her Roses players and for Thirlby will be a visit to Australia and New Zealand. There they will play and train [behind closed doors] contrary to the development group of Australia in Canberra, before either side travel around to Auckland to face the New Zealand A side.
The head coach is going to be joined by former England player Sonia Mkoloma that will function as her coach and Thirlby be keen to find a continuing development of an area that has been a focus during camp – leadership.
“For me it is absolutely paramount that this group do not rely upon the senior players which we start to produce leaders in every one of these men. Yes it comes naturally to others and we are aware that leadership comes in many types,” the head coach mentioned.
Before the turn of this year sees the arrival of this Vitality Netball Nations Cup, after their trip to the Southern Hemisphere, a Visit to South Africa is about the cards in the latter part of November.
New Zealand jamaica and the SPAR Proteas will arrive in England in mid-January and will aim to complete the four days of competition.
When it comes to the head coach’s style At the moment, as the players strike this schedule with gusto and take their initial steps, what can they expect?
“I believe very much about becoming real – that I can not be anything other than that. What these players can see is what they’ll get, I very much put on my heart on my plate.
“I am 100 per cent committed and will give my all for this group and will attempt to assist them to be the ideal player they can be wherever that takes them then fantastic.”
Sky Sports is the home of netball and it returns to your displays starting with all the British Fast5 All-Stars Championships on Saturday although the Roses return to action under Thirlby whenever they tour South Africa in November.