WORCESTER Reds star Lucy Herdman heads to New Zealand later this year to represent England women’s U21s at nets.

The University of Worcester first year sports development and coaching student will compete at the WINA Opens Indoor Netball World Cup in Wellington from August 20-27.

Herdman wants to play in the Superleague after impressing for her table-topping university team and for Reds in the Premier League.

The 20-year-old said: “I received an email saying I had been selected for the final 12. I was in shock as I couldn’t believe my dream had come true to represent my country.

“This is an amazing opportunity and I still can’t believe it. The training is hard and we have to travel to London for the sessions but when I walk out in my England kit all my sacrifices, hard work and commitment will have paid off.”

Herdman, who hails from Coventry, is funding her trip at a cost of £3,500 with the help of raffles, tombolas, a music night and quizzes.

She has set up a page at crowdfunder.co.uk/england-nets-u21-indoor-word-championships and needs sponsors.

She added: “From an early age, I sat on the netball sideline watching my mum and at the age of nine I started playing for the same club Copsewood Diamonds in the Coventry Netball League.

“Three years ago, I decided to play for Worcester Reds. Playing at this level improved my confidence, skills and fuelled my desire to play Superleague netball and maybe one day represent my country.

“I would say to all young athletes to never give up on your dream. I am representing my country and hopefully bringing back a medal. Gold would be nice.”