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Guidance for Performance / Elite Sport Framework

Beth Ecuyer-Dale of England and Saracens Mavericks.

Despite the Government’s announcement of a second national lockdown running until early December, the elite sport framework can continue. We are in direct communication with those that are operating within this framework and will continue to provide guidance on this area ongoing.

As part of the return to netball, a specific framework has been issued by the Government that provides a slightly varied set of measures and protocols for athletes that are classified as ‘elite’. Athletes that are in this category, through the national programme or competition they compete in, therefore fall into this different structure which means that the wider Community Netball Return to Play restart guidance is not directly applicable to these athletes.

What is the Elite Sport Framework?

The framework itself consists of five stages and is designed to support elite athletes through a progressive training period (stages one and two) through to domestic competition behind closed doors (stage three), cross border competition (stage four) and competition with spectators (stage five). A link to these frameworks is here.

Who is on the Elite Sport Framework?

The definition of an elite athlete is defined as:

  • an individual who derives a living from competing in a sport
  • a senior representative nominated by a relevant sporting body
  • a member of the senior training squad for a relevant sporting body, or
  • aged 16 or above and on an elite development pathway

Specifically for netball, the following groups / athletes competing within the following competitions will be part of the Elite Sport Framework:

  • Roses athletes
  • Roses U21 and Academy Athletes
  • Vitality Netball Superleague athletes (Registered Players and Training Partners)
  • U19 and U21 Netball Performance League (NPL) athletes (Registered Players and Training Partners)

All other athletes / competitions that sit outside of this will fall under the wider Community Netball Return to Play roadmap and Restart Guidance.

We are in direct contact with the clubs and athletes involved in the Elite Sport Framework to provide specific support and guidance on the return to training protocols.


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