Netball Places in High Demand
12th November 2019
By Bianca Smith
The Hunter Academy of Sport Greater Bank Netball program is now open for nominations, with over 100 young athletes already registering to trial for the 2019/20 season.
The Regional Academies of Sport play a vital role in the Netball NSW athlete pathway by identifying, monitoring and developing the skills of young regional players.
Close to 200 athletes trial each year for the 50 spots available with the Hunter Academy. The HAS development netball program assist young athletes in the 14 years age group on transitioning into the elite pathway, where the 15’s-16’s talent program consists of on-court skills training and fitness, as per the Netball Australia Develop a Diamond program.
Alongside the netball specific training, athletes are educated about nutrition, sports psychology and strength and conditioning from the Academy’s in house specialists.
The squad will also compete at the Academy games, held in the Hunter Region from April 3-5 and the Greater Bank Academy Challenge, held in Orange in late September.
Coinciding with the netball squad, close to 20 umpires are expected to be selected into the umpire’s development squad. As an integral component of the Netball NSW umpire pathway, HAS will deliver a program that supports talented umpires to access quality education and development opportunities delivered by professional and specialised service providers in a well-managed, monitored and controlled environment.
Nominations for both the netball and netball umpires programs will close on Sunday, November 24th.