International Women's Day Special: Interview with Megan Rose

Women’s coach Megan Rose has worked tirelessly to assist with the creation and development of a successful team. Megan’s in-depth knowledge of the game is put into practice at every training session and tournament to mentor individuals, pushing players to be the best of the best. We caught up with Megan in regards to her aspirations for the squads and to get some advice for aspiring female England players.

How did you find out about Dodgeball?

“I played Water Polo from a young age and one of my team mates had joined a local dodgeball team. They invited me along seven years ago and have been in the sport ever since.”

What made you want to become a coach for England Dodgeball?

“I used to play for the Women’s England Seniors team and saw how much the coaches put into the squad. I didn’t want to continue playing however I also didn’t want to come out of the sport because of everything it had done for me. I had learnt a lot from England and wanted to help pass this on to future generations.”

What are your ambitions as a coach for the Senior and Development women’s teams?

“From when I first started, the women’s side of the sport has grown immensely. The main thing I want to see is the growth of the sport further. We have so much talent in our squad and across England at club levels, so it would be great to see the next generations coming through and making the sport even better. Obviously, most team’s ambitions are to win however for me ambition is to ensure every one of the players is pushed to their limits and shown true appreciation for what they do, regardless of the outcome. If they’ve given 100% who can be disappointed with that!”

What would be your advice to female Dodgeball players that aspire to be in the England squad?

“Never let setbacks keep you from reaching your goal. Nothing comes easy when you are competing at an international level, there are always obstacles and you continually compare yourself to others. Focus on your game, focus on your skills and be the best you can be. If you work hard enough, you will get there.”