A HEREFORD teenager has been given the chance to take part in a national multi-sport event ran in a similar style to the Olympics.

Hannah Howl, from Credenhill, has been selected to be part of the Severn Stars squad competing in netball at the 2018 School Games.

The national multi-sport event will see some of the most talented school-age athletes compete at Loughborough University between August 30 and September 2.

The 15-year-old who attends St Marys RC High School and is a member of the Hucclecote Netball Club has already reached the under-16 Clubs National Finals earlier this year.

Over 1,400 athletes will compete across 11 sports at the School Games, five of which include disability disciplines.

Howl will be following in the footsteps of some of Britain’s biggest sporting stars who have competed at the event before going on to senior international success.

She will live in a dedicated Athletes’ Village on the Loughborough University campus, take part in an School Games ceremony and perform in front of huge crowds of spectators.

“The School Games National Finals provide a great opportunity for talented young athletes like Hannah,” said Ali Oliver, Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Sport Trust.

“Competitors get a real taste of what it’s like to be part of a world-class sporting event at the amazing sporting venues of Loughborough University, and the event is a great way to see our future sporting champions in action today.”

The 2018 School Games is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and Home Country Sports Councils and is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.

Tickets for the event are available now at: www.schoolgamesfinals.org/buy-tickets/