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ENGLAND NETBALL COMPETITION STRUCTURE. Quality experience, accessible for all. England Netball wants: Better opportunity for more people Appropriate netball competition fitting with LTAD and player pathway To grow netball - club emphasis with school base

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quality experience accessible for all
Quality experience, accessible for all

England Netball wants:

  • Better opportunity for more people
  • Appropriate netball competition fitting with LTAD and player pathway
  • To grow netball - club emphasis with school base
  • Develop skills of young athlete, therefore need more clubs for them to go into so there is more appropriate competition
  • Further develop coach, umpires, officials, volunteers to support new structure
ltad principles
LTAD Principles
  • Concerns with current sport systems:
    • Young athletes under-train & over-compete
    • Inappropriate competition schedule is superimposed on young athletes
  • 5 Reasons EN introduced LTAD:
    • Guide planning for optimal performance of athletes in order for England Netballers to be the best they can be
    • Eliminate gaps in the current Netball development pathway
    • Establish a clear Netball development pathway
    • Realign and integrate the programmes for developing Netball athletes and Netball in England
    • Provide a planning tool, based on scientific research and empirical evidence for coaches and administrators
change of focus from counties
Change of focus from counties
  • Every child attends school, so we need to invest in schools competition framework
  • Sporting ethos towards club development; underpinned by Sport England Funding
  • EN Senior competition structure is clubs based, junior structure needs to mirror it
  • LTAD principles vital for young players to achieve their potential
  • County competition was too much on top of school & club
  • Aim for league competition with longer matches, rather than short tournament matches

Senior Competition Structure

Super League

Premier Divisions 1 & 2

9 x Regional Leagues

Area / County Leagues

District / Local Leagues

national schools competition framework
National Schools Competition Framework
  • September 2005 - 20 SSP with Competition Managers [not teacher], in 5 CSP, to facilitate running of sport competition
  • Netball is 1st year focus sport in all 20 SSP [all 31 sports have signed up to this]
  • Netball’s new structure reflects the national schools competition structure which is why it has been chosen as a pilot sport
primary education
Primary Education
  • Emphasis on delivery of FUNdamental stage:
    • Ages 5 – 7: multiskill activity / festivals
    • Ages 7 – 9: multsikill / multisport activity / festivals
    • Ages 9 – 11: High Five netball leagues
  • Focus delivery on the state sector, through School Sport Partnerships to include Independent schools
    • Menu of options for delivery, and resource support
    • County Netball Coordinators / CSPs to support
  • High Five compulsory in clubs for CAPS accreditation
secondary education
Secondary Education
  • Principal objective: to ensure a high-quality, exciting and appropriate experience
  • Emphasis on:
    • Ongoing local competition, culminating in festivals or tournaments
    • Intra-school netball from Year 7 upwards
  • Retain 2 x National Schools tournaments, for Years 8 / 9 and Years 10 / 11
  • Create a single National Under-18 tournament for schools, college and club teams
academies rtdp
  • Satellite and County academies to run in every county to provide individual training
  • Regional Talent Development Programme being set-up in each Region, as the next stage of talent development
  • RHS selects from nominations from academies/schools/clubs
  • Coaches/teachers attend PSW to nominate
talent programme for youth
Talent Programme for Youth

Aspiring for better competition and training for all players at all levels

university college netball
University & College Netball
  • As currently, through BUSA
  • England Netball to establish BUSA Sports Management Group to drive forward:
    • Support structures for university clubs, e.g., coaching, umpiring, leadership
    • Provision of competitive opportunities for players not selected for BUSA teams
    • Encouragement of intra-mural netball
  • Similarly with British Colleges Sports Association
organisation by whom
Organisation - by whom?
  • Schools
    • High 5 leagues/festivals
    • School leagues
    • Put schools forward for county round of National schools
  • Clubs
    • Play in local leagues
    • Can progress through:
      • county, regional/area, premier leagues
  • County Netball Association:
    • County round of National schools
    • County leagues (determine own structure)
organisation by whom17
Organisation - by whom?
  • TSG (or separate region committees):
    • Regional round of National schools
    • Regional leagues (determine own structure)
    • Regional Talent Development Programme
    • Regional Screening Days (RHS and qualified coaches/teachers)
  • England Netball
    • Will produce guidelines on best practise by autumn 2005. Setting up National Group to decide - all regions having input
  • Elite Competition
  • Home Training
  • Development of players, coaches & umpires
  • Junior elite teams aspiring to high level play
practical application
Practical application
  • 10yr old- H5 in SSP league and/or club.
  • U14 county player in club competition & Academies for individual skills’ training
  • U16 player in club competition & Academy or RTDP
  • U18 player in open club competition or age group
  • Requires good club development within County & Region so good competition available
  • Good clubs – CAPS club – provide mentoring & support to develop other strong clubs to provide regular good competition. (Counties not always able to provide good competition at present)