The England Performance Pathway is a vital part of improving the standard of competitive netball played in England, with its main aim to ensure that there are an increased number of better quality athletes progressing from the Academies into the England High Performance Programme and INTCs
The Pathway will act as a conveyer belt for high quality English athletes, taking players from 11-12 years old, all the way through to our Senior National team.
The National Performance Academy is for U19 and U17 England Squad Athletes. Camps and weekend training run throughout the year, bringing all the nest athletes of this age group together for extra training with the very best and supervised Strength and Conditioning.
Prior to tours and Netball Europe, U19 and U17 squads will be selected from the National Academy and will be provided with extra squad training.
There will be up to 20 athletes in each of the Regional Performance Academies, some of who will also be U19/ U17 England Squad Athletes who will also attend the National Academy.
Regional Academies provide the daily training environments needed for athletes aged U19.
Regional Academies deliver between 6 – 10 hours per week of coaching forming about half of an athlete’s overall programme, which should consist of between 17-19 hours per week.
County Academies provide training for athletes aged approximately 14-16years, Netball East deliver between 15-30 sessions per year with qualified and experience Level 2 Coaches providing athletes with the support and skill set they need to progress to the next level of the Pathway.
Athletes in a County Academy should be accessing between 14-16 hours a week of training and competition both in netball and other invasion sports.
Strength and Conditioning work is also important for this level and age group of athletes to ensure that muscles are developed properly to prevent injury and to prepare them for a greater intensity of training as they progress their netball careers.
The first step on the England Pathway for young netballers aged approximately 11-14 years old. Netball East manage and deliver the Satellite Academies on behalf of England Netball for their players delivering about 15 sessions per year.
The emphasis in the Satellite Academy is for young netballers to learn how to train on their own, and to understand, experience and practice some of the different components required in a training programme.