WOODHEY High School pupils Isobel Jemmott and Emilia Lambert have been picked to play for the England rounders team.

The Year 10 students came through a tough national trial to earn a call-up to the Under-16s side and are set for their first competitive match in April.

Isobel, aged 15, from Brandlesholme, and Emilia, 14, from Ramsbottom, are part of an all-conquering school team that has won the Bury schools championships for three years running.

And PE teacher Beckie Nicholson, who coaches the side along with Becky Horne, says the school is understandably proud of their achievement.

"It's an outstanding effort to be picked to represent the country," she said.

"Isobel and Emilia are part of a very talented school team that has actually never been beaten.

"But this was the first time that we have ever put any girls forward to try out for England.

"We actually sent six other girls to the trials, which were held in Corby (in Northamptonshire).

"They were competing against 60 girls from around the country for 20 places, and we are obviously very proud that Isobel and Emilia managed to get through.

"All of the other girls who entered were from fee paying schools and I actually think our girls surprised a few people at the trials.

"We were not surprised, though, as we knew just how talented they all are."

Isobel is a deep fielder and Emilia plays at second base for the school team but has been chosen as a backstop for England.

"They can also give the ball a crack as well so were picked up as much for their batting as their fielding," added Ms Nicholson.

"At this stage they have only had one practice session and are not due to play a competitive game until Easter, although we don't know yet who they will be playing."

The girls' talents do not stop at rounders. Emilia has played netball for the county in the past, while Isobel also plays cricket for Lancashire.