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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

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

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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

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England NetballAthlete Development ModelIncorporating LTAD

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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

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Senior Competition Structure

Super League

Premier Divisions 1 & 2

9 x Regional Leagues

Area / County Leagues

District / Local Leagues

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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

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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

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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

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  • 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

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Talent Programme for Youth

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

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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

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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)

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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

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Club Development Model questions about them

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Franchises questions about them

  • Elite Competition

  • Home Training

  • Development of players, coaches & umpires

  • Junior elite teams aspiring to high level play

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Practical application questions about them

  • 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)