The Development Academies are the first stepping stone into the Northern Ireland Performance Pathway. We have 2 groups – Development Academy (generally 12-13 year olds) and Future Internationals (14-15 year olds). The purpose of these squads are to focus on the individual skill development of our netballers to better prepare them to transition to the national squads at U17 level and beyond.

With the recent updates on the covid situation in NI,  the Academy Training and Trial Weekends planned for February 2021 are POSTPONED until a time when it is safe for us to come together on court again.

In the meantime, we want to help any athlete potentially interested in trying out for ANY underage Performance Squad to prepare for trials.

Preparation for Trials – Online Sessions

Join our Performance Coaches and train alongside some of our Emerging Warriors in a 4 week training programme starting week beginning 25 January. These sessions are open to all Junior members of Netball NI affiliated schools or clubs aged 11-19.


Work on netball skills that can be done individually in your own homes to reinforce basics, provide fitness and progress performance so you are better prepared to hit the court once we can resume pathway activity in the coming months.

We want to help and inspire you to continue training in your own time to improve your performance and help set good habits of a performance athlete.

What is it?

Learn from Netball NI Performance coaches and train alongside our Emerging Warriors in a 4 week online training programme.

These sessions are tailored for any Netball NI member (school or club) interested in trying out for a Performance Squad in the future (eg an Academy, U17, U19 or U21 squad).

Sign up for 1 or both sessions each week over the 4 week period to help to shake off some netball rust, focus on getting the fundamentals of footwork, balance and ball handling up to speed, and work on your netball fitness.

Monday from 7-8pm – focusing on footwork, ball handling and fitness, this session is most suited for 11-14 year olds
Tuesday from 7-8pm – this session will focus on footwork and fitness also, but at a higher intensity. It is most suited for 15-19 year olds

The sessions will be run online via zoom starting the 25 January.

How to register?

Please note these sessions are now FULL – we have reached the capacity of zoom for each of these sessions. We are exploring ways to enable more people to be involved and will contact people if a space becomes available. Please put your name on the waiting list using this link:

Register here

What about the club or school nominations for U15 Academy trials already submitted?

Thank you for the nominations already submitted for the Academy Training Weekends – we have collated this information to use once we are in a position to host the Academy Weekends when it is safe to do so. Please encourage the girls you have nominated to these weekends to sign up for the upcoming online training sessions.

Is there more information about on court training and trials?

Netball NI will continue to monitor the covid situation and work within the current NI Executive guidelines. We will communicate information to schools and clubs when we are in a position to return safely to court.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Julie-Anne ( or Noleen ( for more detail.