The Welsh Netball Performance Pathway aims to produce future players who progress into the Welsh Netball World Class performance programme. The Performance Pathway programmes work on all parts of the game to effectively prepare the players for the level above.
You can enter and exit the Welsh Netball Performance Pathway at any stage. This ensures reliable recruitment of players and a fluid system, which allows us to optimise players at the right level at all times. Nearly all players will have knockbacks at some point in their career and the athlete journey is far from straightforward, so stepping off the Performance Pathway doesn’t mean that it is the end of your dream to become a World Class Netballer. If you work hard, there is the opportunity to enter back into the Performance Pathway.
Check out each stage of the Performance Pathway below.
Local Authority [LA] Hubs
It is the first mile-stone within the Welsh Netball Performance Pathway.
Our Netball Development Officers work with Local Authorities across the country to run netball sessions for children in the area. There are currently 48 separate LA Hub sessions offered in Wales, and this figure is growing each year.
The programme contains three different age groups – Under 15, Under 13, and Under 11. The Hubs will meet once a month for two hours, to receive fun and diverse training from supportive and skilled local netball coaches. The Hub trials are held in October, with the monthly trainings starting from November. The players are given an opportunity to put the skills they have learnt into practice at the end of the season with an exciting tournament. It is also an opportunity to meet other young netballers from different areas of the country.
The aim of the LA Hub programme is to provide a progressive and accessible pathway to maximise our young athletes’ potential to be the best they can be.
If you would like to introduce your child into the LA Hub programme to join over 1000 young netballers on their Welsh Netball journey – contact your Netball Development Officer (NDO) from your region.
There is a set criteria that we ask potential LA Hub players to meet prior to their trial. You can find further guidance on the LA Hub criteria, here.
Development and Performance Training Centres
The new Performance Training Centres (PTC) and Development Training Centres (DTC) provide our young, talented netball players a values based learning environment where they can develop the necessary skills to progress within Welsh Netball’s Performance Pathway.
The PTC’s and DTC’s also provide development opportunities for our coaches, managers and umpires within Welsh Netball’s Performance Pathway.
There are currently 8 Performance Training Centres and Development Training Centre’s in locations throughout Wales. These include; Cardiff & The Vale, South East, Powys, North East, North West, West Wales, Glamorgan Valleys and Afan Nedd Tawe.
The PTC’s will include the top 25 players in the region (ages 16-20) and the DTC’s includes the top 25 younger players (ages 13-16).
Players attend trials based on the region their club or school is affiliated to. Schools and clubs then send nominations for players that are individually affiliated to Welsh Netball. If players are not currently affiliated, this is a great opportunity to find your nearest club and become affiliated. Find your nearest club HERE.
The Welsh Netball Performance Team supports the PTC/DTC’s with resources and coach education. This includes programme overview, content, including psychology, nutrition, technical and tactical aspects.
As of August 2016, the Under 21 programme has been enhanced, offering support and development to our players. The programme will consist of two groups:
• Wales Under 21 Long Squad
• Under 21 Talent Squad
Both Under 21 groups are selected from within the Performance Training Centres, as well as our talent identification programmes. There is fluidity between PTC, U21 Talent Squad, and the Wales Under 21 Long Squad. This allows Wales’s Performance Coaching Team the ability to nurture and develop this elite group of players, thus ensuring that Wales continues to produce the best and most talented players possible.
Wales’ senior team is at the top of the Performance Pathway. Aspiring Wales players and current players are invited to trial at significant times to coincide with international and national events that occur within the netball calendar.