The aim of the Academies is to provide training to athletes aged between 12 and 15 who are identified as having potential for progressing up the Performance Pathway. The Academy sessions focus on developing individual skills to help each player to reach their potential.
England Netball has a free online resource to assist nominators identify the attributes and characteristics required by players who are put forward for trials. To register and to watch the video please click here.
Satellite 1 and Satellite 2 athletes have a programme which consists of 30 hours of coaching and match play. They can be nominated by their Club coach or, if not already at an England Netball approved club, they can be nominated by their PE teacher. Trials for 2021-22 - closing date Friday 3 September 2021 - see link to trial information.
County Academy athletes have a programme of 60 hours of coaching and match play. Athletes normally graduate to the County Academy once they have attended the Satellite Academy and are considered to be of the required level. Screening of other athletes can be arranged by contacting the Performance Lead of Berkshire, Sarah Feast via email by clicking here.
BERKSHIRE ACADEMIES 2021/22
Satellite 1 Academy - Lead Coach: Tina Wood Monday evenings 6.30-8.30pm Ranelagh School, Bracknell
Satellite 2 Academy - Lead Coach: Kate Maxfield Monday evenings 6.30-8.30pm Ranelagh School, Bracknell
County Academy - Lead Coach: Sarah Feast Thursday evenings 6.30-8.30pm Wellington Health & Fitness Club, Crowthorne
Any coaches who would like to get involved with the Academy programme please contact me. We are particularly keen to hear from young/inexperienced coaches who would like to gain some experience as an "apprentice" coach within the performance pathway. If you would like to volunteer either on a regular or an ad-hoc basis, please contact Sarah Feast via email.
The England Netball Performance Pathway is a vital part of improving the standard of competitive netball played in England, with its main aim to ensure an increased number of better quality athletes progressing into the England High Performance programme. The Pathway will act as a "conveyor belt" for high quality English athletes, taking players from 11-12 years old, all the way through to the Senior National team.
It is hoped that the England Performance Pathway will:-
Increase the amount of direct athlete-coach interaction and time in the Academies, across all the different levels
Provide year round training programmes for athletes
Increase the number of athletes in the U17 and U19 age groups
Increase the competition and formal match-play opportunities for athletes in the Pathway
Educate and develop coaches in the Satellite and County components and support the development of both school and club coaches with a "top down" nationally led approach
Profile and benchmark players on the Pathway to understand their trajectories of development.