With the 2023 Netball season fast approaching, the Netball Players Association is pleased to announce our player reps for the up and coming season!
Fran Williams (Chair and Loughborough Lightning)
Fran Williams began her playing career in the Surrey Storm pathway programme. From there she joined the newly formed Wasps, in 2017, where she remained for four seasons, winning the title in two of those years.
In 2022 she made her move to Loughborough Lightning where they made the final but fell short of winning the title. On top of her impressive Super League career, Williams also has 25 England caps and is a part of the Roses leadership programme.
This is Williams second season as player rep chair, after taking over from Sophia Candappa in 2021.
Halimat Adio (Vice Chair and London Pulse)
Hali Adio will be working alongside Fran Williams as Vice Chair for her first season as player rep.
Adio has been part of London Pulse since 2020, where she is also captain. Despite facing some injury setbacks Adio is an integral part of London Pulse and continues to demonstrate her leadership qualities not only at Pulse but also at the NPA.
On the opportunity to be Vice chair she has stated “ I want to be a part of an organisation that has a reputation for integrity and honesty, but I also want to be a part of an organisation that sees us (players) as people first. I am eager to acquire knowledge and develop my skills in order to improve.”
Adio will be taking over from Stacy Francis-Bayman who recently retired from her playing career.
Laura Rudland (Celtic Dragons)
Laura Rudland started her professional netball career at Team Bath, where she went to university. Since 2021 she has been a member of Celtic Dragons where she is part of the leadership group and NPA Player Rep.
Laura has been a real asset to the NPA and has used some of our services and webinars to make a career transition during her time as a member. This puts her in a great position to promote the benefits of NPA membership.
Lily-May Catling (Team Bath)
At the age of 12 Lily-May Catling first took to the Team Bath arena court, now 15 years on Catling is now the NPA Player Rep for Team Bath.
Catling made her way through Baths academy programme before moving to Australia and playing for USC Thunder in the SSN and then returned to the UK to play for Wasps in 2021. She made her return to Team Bath