A new-look Netball Performance League (NPL) kicks off this weekend and all the action will be available to watch live on Joymo.
The first round gets underway on Saturday 2 December at the David Ross Sports Village in Nottingham.
The NPL exposes young talent across U17, U19 and U21 levels to a performance environment with regular, highly disciplined competition.
Ahead of the 2022-23 season, the NPL will have a new look which fans will be able to see on England Netball’s digital channels and on englandnetball.tv that fits in with the organisation’s identity, launched under the Adventure Strategy in 2021.
Ten franchises, including eight from the Netball Super League, will see their teams return to court:
- Central Warriors
- Leeds Rhinos
- London Pulse
- Loughborough Lightning
- Manchester Thunder
- Saracens Mavericks
- Severn Stars
- Surrey Storm
- North East Phoenix
- Team Bath
What happened last season
Last season, London Pulse and Manchester Thunder shared the NPL titles; Pulse were crowned U17 South and U19 champions meanwhile Thunder took the U17 North and U21 titles, with all four sides going unbeaten across their campaigns.
414 athletes featured for at least three quarters during the season in the league and 14 of them went on to take to the court in the 2023 Netball Super League.
The U19 and U21 teams have been busy preparing for the first round of fixtures and will be hoping to get their 2023-24 campaigns off to the perfect start this Saturday. The U17 teams will roll into action in February 2024.
Looking ahead to the new season, Francine Hall, Pathways Manager at Leeds Rhinos, said: “We are excited to get the season underway this weekend. There are a lot of old and new faces in our squad, so we are looking forward to the challenge of gelling and competing together in the 23-24 season.”
Tricia Kilcynski, U19 Lead Coach at Surrey Storm, commented: “We are buzzing for the first round of competition in Nottingham. Our squad values were set, and our standards have been raised. I can’t fault their enthusiasm to learn together and rise together. Strong connections are forming across the court. I’m very proud of how hard these girls have worked in preparation for the start of the season. They will step out on court united to play hard for each other! The coaching team will be right behind them, supporting the belief in this team. We are ready!”
Where to watch
For the first time, games from the NPL will be available to watch through our grassroots streaming partner, Joymo.
More than 200 games will be available to watch via englandentball.tv.
Fans can choose from a range of subscription options or purchase single-game tickets.