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Club Development/Performance Pathway

The Magnet Netball Club coaches are constantly assessing the standards and abilities of all their players, in order that talented players are always given the opportunity to progress and follow the England Netball Performance Pathway when they reach Yr 8 as U13's.

Note: This means that the Yr 6 and Yr 7's in June 2021 can be invited by the club to trial.

We provide the opportunity for members to development their netball skills through competitive netball at local county and regionals leagues, as well as tournaments, both local and residential.

England Netball Performance Pathway


The aim of the Academies is to provide training to athletes aged between 12 and 15 who are identified as having potential for progressing up the Performance Pathway. The Academy sessions focus on developing individual skills to help each player to reach their potential.

Athletes are nominated to attend trials by their club coach or in some instances when they have been identified by the Regional Performance Coach.

England Netball has a free online resource to assist nominators identify the attributes and characteristics required by players who are put forward for trials. Link to the Berkshire Netball Academy page

Academies Trials

This year the Academy Trials first session for U13's will be on Sunday 18th October 2020 at Wellington College, Crowthorne.

Groups of approximately 22 athletes will be invited to attend at allocated times throughout the day.

It is a very competitive process, and there are only approximately 25 spaces available. If successful, your daughter must be able to commit to attending fortnightly sessions on Monday evenings as well as their club training and matches (location tbc, but likely to be Wellington College, Crowthorne).

You will be advised once the application deadline of - Midnight Friday 9th October 2020 - has passed what time your daughter should attend and you will also be sent information about the protocols they will need to follow when attending trials and how to pay the fee of £10.

This is obviously subject to the current England Netball and UK Government guidelines remaining unchanged.


The purpose of the Academy programme is to provide performance-enhancing training for individuals rather than for a squad of players. Competition is seen as valuable and although there is an element of match play within the programme it is essential that all Academy athletes gain match experience through playing netball at club level in leagues and tournaments as well as at school.

Academies will also provide an opportunity for players to be seen by the Regional Performance Coach, and potentially to move up the England Netball Performance Pathway.

Note: The current level for the beep test needed to be considered is Level 8. This must be achieved at the Final Trials.


Berkshire Netball currently have no plans to hold any trials for the County Academy (U15) as they are currently at capacity with athletes who are either remaining for another year or who have graduated from the Satellite Academy.

Performance Pathway

The England Netball Performance Pathway is a vital part of improving the standard of competitive netball played in England, with its main aim to ensure an increased number of better quality athletes progressing into the England High Performance programme. The Pathway will act as a "conveyor belt" for high quality English athletes, taking players from 12 -13 years old, all the way through to the Senior National team.


It is hoped that the England Performance Pathway will:-

  • Increase the amount of direct athlete-coach interaction and time in the Academies, across all the different levels
  • Provide year round training programmes for athletes
  • Increase the number of athletes in the U17 and U19 age groups
  • Increase the competition and formal match-play opportunities for athletes in the Pathway
  • Educate and develop coaches in the Satellite and County components and support the development of both school and club coaches with a "top down" nationally led approach
  • Profile and benchmark players on the Pathway to understand their trajectories of development

For further details on the England Netball National Performance Pathway please visit netballsouth.co.uk.