The country’s best young netballers will arrive at the University of Wolverhampton in late August for the inaugural U15 Netball Performance Competition.
The first edition of the tournament will launch on Saturday 30 August and, over the course of two days, will balance on-court action with educational programmes.
Eight Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) franchises, Leeds Rhinos, who will join the VNSL in 2021, and an invited North East side will compete to be the first-ever winners of this title.
The event will offer far more than just on-court action as players will be treated to educational workshops on key topics that athletes may face in their journey to become professional netballers.
Between August 30 and September 1, 33 games of high-quality netball will take place across two courts in Wolverhampton.
The ten teams will be split into two groups – Pool A and Pool B – on the first day with each side playing four times.
Matches between Severn Stars – Manchester Thunder and Saracens Mavericks – Surrey Storm will get proceedings underway at 9:30am.
The first day of action will conclude with games between Manchester Thunder – Leeds Rhinos and Surrey Storm – Team Bath, which both start at 6:30pm.
After an intense day of competition, their final placings within the groups will decide Sunday’s fixtures.
The winners and runners-up from Pool A and Pool B will face off in the semi-finals while the others battle it out to decide their final ranking.
A third place play-off will occur on Sunday afternoon before the final, which will produce the winners of the inaugural U15 Netball Performance Competition.
England Netball has launched this competition to help develop and prepare talented young netballers for high level competition in association with National Children’s Charity, Youth Sport Trust (YST), supported by Sport England Lottery Funding.
As a result, YST will be on hand in the venue on all two days with workshops, support and giveaways.
This includes a Roses Development Framework presentation, YST talks and parents workshops in between all of the on-court activity.
The fixtures are as follows:
|Pool A||Pool B|
|09:30||Severn Stars vs Manchester Thunder||Saracens Mavericks vs Surrey Storm|
|10:30||Loughborough Lightning vs North East||Wasps Netball vs London Pulse|
|11:30||Leeds Rhinos vs Severn Stars||Team Bath vs Saracens Mavericks|
|12:30||Manchester Thunder vs Loughborough Lightning||Surrey Storm vs Wasps Netball|
|13:30||North East vs Leeds Rhinos||London Pulse vs Team Bath|
|14:30||Severn Stars vs Loughborough Lightning||Saracens Mavericks vs Wasps Netball|
|15:30||North East vs Manchester Thunder||London Pulse vs Surrey Storm|
|16:30||Leeds Rhinos vs Loughborough Lightning||Team Bath vs Wasps Netball|
|17:30||Severn Stars vs North East||Saracens Mavericks vs London Pulse|
|18:30||Manchester Thunder vs Leeds Rhinos||Surrey Storm vs Team Bath|
If you can’t make it to the University of Wolverhampton, the competition will be streamed on the England Netball YouTube channel.