Mavericks coach Slawinski steps up for England job against Jamaica

PUBLISHED: 15:48 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:07 26 October 2009

Mavericks head coach Kendra Slawinski

Mavericks head coach Kendra Slawinski

MAVERICKS head coach Kendra Slawinski has been named in the England set-up for the upcoming series against Jamaica, writes Mark Hemmings. Slawinski, who has already been involved in training the England U19 and U21 sides, will be the acting assistant coach for

MAVERICKS head coach Kendra Slawinski has been named in the England set-up for the upcoming series against Jamaica, writes Mark Hemmings.

Slawinski, who has already been involved in training the England U19 and U21 sides, will be the acting assistant coach for the full national side.

As a former England captain, being part of the national set-up is nothing new to the player turned coach.

"I have been involved with the U21 and U19s so it is a step up.

"I'm looking forward to it," she said.

There will be some familiar faces for Slawinski in the England side, which will feature Mavericks stars Karen Atkinson and Louisa Brownfield.

Atkinson has been named co-captain along with Brunel Hurricanes defender Sonia Mkoloma.

The Mavericks wing attack/centre currently has 97 international caps, so could make it 100 in the third game of the series with Jamaica.

While Slawinski and the Mavericks duo are away on international duty, club matters will continue in their absence.

Slawinski said: "At the end of the day Mavericks is one of the leading netball franchises in the country.

"Maggie Jackson coached the side to become Superleague champions last year.

"Things will move on with Maggie in the seat while I'm with England.

"I'll be going there with Mavericks' support, otherwise I wouldn't be going."

The three-match series will see England take on the Sunshine Girls in matches across the country.

The first will be on Sunday, February 22 at The O2 in London, followed by a game in Coventry two days later.

On February 26 the series comes to a close when the two do battle in Nottingham in what could be the decider.

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