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Netball Scotland

Development Academy Season 2017-2018


Netball Scotland are excited to announce the Development Academy Programme 2017-2018.

This programme for season 2017-2018 will give players the opportunity to attend regular coaching sessions and be involved in the inter academy competition.

We will again be running a Development League which will involve a selection of players from the academies and U17 national squad players. We will also be looking to confirm our academy partnership with Netball Northern Ireland for our annual competition.

Those who are successful in being selected into the Development Academy programme will have the opportunity to work with highly skilled coaches and team managers appointed by Netball Scotland.

Trial Information
The district programme plays a significant part in the development of our junior players, with the programme event days highlighting the best of our young players from across Scotland. As a result, NS national selectors will again be attending the U17 play off day and the U15 league days in September. We will notify players after these events who will be nominated for trials.

Trials for the Development Academies will take place on Sunday, 1st October for the East, South and West Development Academies with trials for the North Development Academy taking place on Saturday, 7th October. Please see times and locations below:

Sunday 1st October

East – Grangemouth Sports Centre from 2.15 – 5.15pm

South – Alistair McCoist Complex, East Kilbride from 9-12pm

West – Alistair McCoist Complex, East Kilbride from 1-4pm

Saturday 7th October

North – Torry Sports Centre from 10-2pm

If successful, players will receive an email inviting them to trial on Monday 18th September.  

Please note that unfortunately we are unable to offer any late trials.


Development Academy Programme
Following the conclusion of the selection process, the programme will begin with a residential taking place from the 21 – 22nd October which will be packed full of both on and off-court learning for coaches, team managers and players. We are delighted to announce that both Gail Parata our National Coach & Lesley MacDonald our U21 National Coach will be in attendance at the residential weekend in Aberdeen to work with our dedicated team of coaches and management teams as well as our young players. Our teams of coaches will continue to embed the principles of Netball Scotland’s Make It R.E.A.L. coaching framework to develop the fundamental skills of our game.

The cost of the programme is £200 per player payable in 2 instalments.  The payment will cover training costs, squad t-shirt, hoodie, a netball as well as accommodation on Saturday 22nd October & evening meal, Sunday 14th February breakfast and lunch. The first instalment of £100 is due by Friday 13th October with the second instalment of £100 payable by Friday 2nd February.

Click on your nearest Development Academy below for a list of all dates, times and locations.

North Development Academy

East Development Academy

South Development Academy

West Development Academy

Orkney Development Academy TBC

We can’t wait to begin another successful year developing our #futureThistles.