The Elite Player Development programme identifies Netball players who have the technical and tactical skills combined with creativity to compete at the highest levels. The programme provides players with the opportunity to combine regular training with their academic studies and create a strict learning environment for the education and progress of every selected player.
Student Athletes will be supported and managed by the school’s experienced coaching and teaching staff, together they will supervise their academic learning, strength & conditioning, technical & tactical development and competitive programs. Furthermore, we aim to inspire players and encourage them to adopt our core values of humility, discipline and commitment which we deem fundamental when striving for success.
Selected athletes will be expected to attend two sessions before school and one after school every week. Two out of the three sessions will hold a strong focus on developing core skills in all aspects of the game, when both attacking and defending. Students are also provided with one to one coaching to improve on individual aspects of their game, to further maximise performance and their potential on the court.
Miss. Clarke overlooks the programme, plans and delivers the coaching sessions and works alongside Miss. Semon who assists with the coaching programme. Miss Clarke is a qualified UKCC Level 2 Netball coach and is experienced in coaching a range of different age groups and abilities. Miss. Clarke and Miss. Semon are both experienced netball players having played in the Essex Met, Basildon and Thurrock Leagues as well as at regional standard.
The programme will be both physically and mentally demanding and the expectations from coaches will be very high. The programme will be constantly reviewed to guarantee the continuous development of the players and ensure they realise their capabilities and full potential. This year’s current training plan can be viewable on the website.
Pupils who decide to trial for the Netball programme must be able to meet two out of the three criteria listed below:
- Pupils must play in the school netball team and attend training on the required days
- Pupils must play for a netball club outside of school
- Pupils must have attended either county or satellite trials.
Selected athletes will be given the opportunity to play competitive games against high level opponents and be part of an enrichment programme to inspire them to strive for excellence.
Coaching qualifications - Level 1 Netball Coaching Qualification
Playing experience - Chelsea has been playing Netball since a young age. She is an experienced player who has played in the Essex Met League, North-West Kent League and Kent County league. She also played for the University of Greenwich in the BUCS league.