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England Netball Player Pathway

England Netball Player Pathway

The purpose of the player pathway is to support the development of athletes. The player development journey is an evolutionary process, individual specific and shaped by experiences.

The Player Pathway

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Development is:

An evolutionary process
During an individual’s journey, there will be periods of transition, adjustment, failure and success. Re-evaluating this journey along the way, with some reference to what it takes to succeed will allow them to move forward with clear purpose.

Individual specific
There is more than one path for the developing netballer to take with no two journeys ever the same. Therefore, understanding the individual’s holistic development needs is important.

Shaped by experiences
Every interaction we have with an individual provides us with an opportunity to shape their development both on and off court.


England Netball Player Pathway programmes – programme name and role title changes


Under-15 Athletes’ selection process leading to School Games National Finals 2023

– Each CNA and VNSL Team will organise trials and identify 20 athletes for each of the Player Pathway Programmes.

– Under-15 athletes may trial for and attend any County Player Development Programme in any county, in order to provide choice for parents and athletes.

– Under-15 athletes must be allowed to screen for and, if successful, have a place within the County Player Development Programme.

– Exceptional Under-15 Athletes can attend trials and be selected for VNSL Teams’ Academy Programme or the VNSL Team’s Player Development Programme if their nomination/selection was approved by the County Player Development Lead and the Franchise Pathway Lead of the VNSL Team to which the County is assigned.

Only Under-15 athletes from County Player Development Programmes within VNSL Team’s assigned territory can be selected for the VNSL Teams’ Under-15 Academies at this stage.

Selected athletes for VNSL Teams’ Under-15 Academy stay with their County Player Development Programmes and continue to attend training sessions in both programmes till May 2023.

At this stage the VNSL Teams’ Under-15 Academies can select:

– Any Under-15 athletes who attended any County Player Development Programme (it could be from different assigned territory), and who are registered on Engage by 31st March 2023

– Any Under-15 athletes from within The VNSL Teams’ player pathway programmes (Under-19 Academy, Under-17 Academy or Player Development programme) who are registered on ENgage by 31st March 2023

VNSL Teams’ Under-15 Academies select final 12 athletes who are competing on the School Games National Finals 2023.

Youth Sport Trust is hosting the School Games National Finals as a multisport event. England Netball use the School Games National Finals as the opportunity to tell the full story of what it takes to be game ready and celebrate the resilience of our young athletes. Over three days netball competition between VNSL Teams’ Under-15 Academy Teams provide an opportunity for England Netball selectors to observe and select additional athletes for the Roses Academy programme.

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