2023/24 Cambridgeshire Player Development Programme

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Cambridgeshire Player Development Programmes provide talented young athletes living within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area with an introduction to England Netball’s Player Development Pathway.

2023/24 trial results


Results of the pathway trials will now be emailed to parents by 5pm on Friday 7 July. If you haven’t recieved an email by Saturday morning please get in touch with the academy team.

In 2023/24 Cambridgeshire will deliver 1 x U15 and 2 x U13 Player Development Programmes, with 20 athletes per programme. We will also be delivering U12 Development Programmes. You can find out more about each on the decidated page which will be set up following trials.

The aim of the England Netball Player Pathway is to support the development of athletes through a programme working on all parts of the game to effectively prepare the players for the level above with the end goal of representing England. The player development journey is an evolutionary process, individual specific and shaped by experiences.

Purpose of the programme: Learn, Love, Win

Learn the game: We will help the athletes extend their knowledge of the game and develop strategies on how to effectively outwit opponents. We will create an environment of uninhibited curiosity, one that encourages autonomous and independent thinkers who can lead themselves and champion the improvement of others. Our coaching is focused on achieving Technical Excellence, Tactical Superiority, Psychological Edge and achieving our Physical Potential.

Love the journey: We want all athletes to receive a positive experience of the game of netball no matter where they are on the pathway, fostering a life-long love of the game. The athletes should enjoy what they do, and feel encouraged, supported, and motivated. We will prioritise the unique individuality of each athlete, embracing challenges and new experiences together as we help them develop a limitless belief in themselves. We have a desire to go beyond what’s possible.

Win deep: We plan, prepare, and play to win but it is not our only purpose. Winning deep is the sum of Learning the game and Loving the journey. There is a richness in Winning deep because of the challenge, chaos and commitment that play a part in it. We have a deeper connection to winning and going beyond what’s possible because we are driven by our purpose to inspire our communities and the nation.

Outcome of the programme:

ALL player pathway programmes will provide appropriate on and off court support for all to achieve the development standards necessary for next stage of the player pathway, that is outlined in the Roses Development Framework.

Under 13 – This is the first entrance into the player pathway and the focus is on individual development. The emphasis is on athletes learning how to train with decision making being a pivotal element, alongside developing resilience and skills required to play netball. Learning the game as well as loving the game with a sense of working together is essential to enhance their experiences at this early stage.

Under 15 – The emphasis remains on understanding learning how to train and compete with competition being used to consolidate game understanding, refining skills, and see improvements in decision making.

England Netball Player pathway programmes

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England Netball Player pathway programmes – athletes’ age groups 2022-23

Player Pathway Programme operate over 2 age groups (e.g. Under-15 serving athletes under 14 and 15)

  • Academy Under-15 – Aged under 15 at 23:59 on 31st August 2022– born on 1st September 2007 or after
  • Academy Under-17- Aged under 17 at 23:59 on 31st December 2022 – born on 1st January 2006 or after
  • Academy Under-19- Aged under 19 at 23:59 on 31st December 2022 – born on 1st January 2004 or after
  • Academy Under-21- Aged under 21 at 23:59 on 31st December 2022– born on 1st January 2002 or after

Other Useful Information

This document shows the changes to the England Netball player pathway programme names and role titles 2022-23 – EN Player Pathway Programme Names & Titles



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