Performance and Pathway
The structure of Welsh Netball’s Performance staff team underwent some changes in April 2020. You can read about these changes and the upcoming changes to Welsh Netball’s pathway system here.
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.
The programme contains two different age groups – Under 15 and Under 13. The Hubs will meet 5 times in the season for 2.5 hours, to receive fun and diverse training from supportive and skilled local netball coaches. The Hub trials are held in January and the Hub season starts shortly thereafter. The players are given an opportunity to put the skills they have learnt into practice at the end of the season with an exciting regional tournament and an opportunity to compete at national finals in both age groups. It is also an opportunity to meet other young netballers from different areas of the country.
As of 2019/20 there is no longer a Under 11 LA Hub. Welsh Netball believes that players at this age group should continue to focus on playing and developing their fundamental skills within a club setting. Welsh Netball will continue to support the development of both players and club coaches at this age group through the introduction of U11 Development Camps.
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.
U17 & U21 Talent Centres
Welsh Netball Talent Centres are designed to identify and develop potential future National Squad players. We are focused on developing the ‘whole player’ to play netball ‘the Welsh Way’.
To be selected and to participate in the Talent Centre programme, players must first be nominated by their club/county coach. Parent/guardian nominations are not allowed unless the parent also holds the above role. Each club/team has a maximum of 6 nominations. Criteria will be assessed stringently.
If the application is successful, the player will receive an invite to the trial for their selected centre. All trials will take place in January.
Nomination forms must be completed and returned to Lucy.Howells@welshnetball.com by midday on Monday 6th January 2020.
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.