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.

Academy Programme for 2022

The Netball NI Academy programme will resume in 2022 with information being sent out to all schools and clubs in January 2022.

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

Preparation for Trials – Online Sessions

These sessions are open to all Junior members of Netball NI affiliated schools or clubs aged 11-19 and are led by Pathway Coaches and Emerging Warriors.


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.

The Pathway Coaches have delivered 8 online sessions in February 2021 for netballers to focus on their footwork, fitness and ball handling skills – complete these sessions whenever you want!