Posted 22nd Nov 2022

Former Super League player Chani Wopara returns to Team Bath Netball as new Assistant Coach as 2023 season preparations continue

Former Team Bath Netball defender Chani Wopara says she is relishing working with a youthful squad eager to learn and improve after returning to the club as Assistant Super League Coach for the 2023 season.

Wopara, who first joined the club at NPL age-group level in 2005, represented the Blue & Gold during the 2012 Super League campaign and helped them reach the semi-finals. Among her team-mates that year was Kadeen Corbin, who has also rejoined Team Bath for the 2023 season.

She also played alongside Team Bath Netball Head Coach Asha Francis for Team Bath Toucans, a side with which Wopara experienced her standout moment as a player when she won the Premier League 1 title in a squad that also featured Serena Guthrie and Eboni Usoro-Brown.

Now, after successful coaching spells with Bristol-based Premier Romans and the University of the West of England (UWE), Wopara has reignited her partnership with Francis to help a new-look Blue & Gold squad – with an average age of just 22 – bond and develop.

Team Bath Netball Super League Head Coach Asha Francis with new Assistant Coach Chani Wopara

“I’m loving being back,” said Wopara. “I obviously know the club really well but things feel fresh and new, it’s an exciting time. We’ve been back in training since the start of October and it’s going really well. I’ve forged a great partnership with Asha and I’m getting to know the girls, building those relationships week on week.

“I knew Asha would come in and put her stamp on things, she is truly inspirational and I wanted to be involved with that. She has put together a youthful and exciting squad, and they all have a desire to learn new things. That’s something that drives me as well, I have a growth mindset and am always looking to improve so it’s a great environment to be a part of.”

Francis said: “I am really excited to have Chani on board. Not only am I able to reconnect with an old friend but she is also a fantastic coach who is so eager to collaborate with myself and players.

“We share a lot of the same values and have a clear understanding of where we want to go and how we want to get there. It’s been great so far and we are looking forward to the challenge of the season.”

Francis and Wopara will see the fruits of their early work with the squad, sponsored by Haines Watts, when Team Bath host a tri-tournament against London Pulse and Saracens Mavericks on Saturday 3rd December (1.30-6pm).

Nearly 800 tickets have already been sold for the pre-season event featuring three matches at the Team Bath Arena and remaining seats are available to book at

The 2023 Super League season gets under way in February and there are eight opportunities to enjoy matches at the Team Bath Arena. Season and match tickets are on sale now, visit to find out more.

Team Bath Netball is supported by its Principal and Pathway Partner, chartered accountants Haines WattsBath Building Society and Rengen Developments, who are overall Team Bath Partners; Centurion Chartered Financial PlannersEcus Ltd, our environment partner; and PDS Coaching, who provide performance mentoring. Team Bath’s suppliers include O’Neills2XU and Pulseroll.

Other news articles

Team Bath Netball U21s ahead of their 2023-24 NPL season opener against North East Phoenix
Team Bath Netball U21s and U19s head into first home matches with spirits high after winning starts to new NPL season

Team Bath Netball’s U21s and U19s both made impressive starts to their NPL campaigns with victory over North East Phoenix in Saturday’s Season Opener event at the University of Nottingham. The U21s (pictured top), coached by Natalie Roddy and...

Read More
Spotlight on Team Bath Netball player Ellie Ervine
Spotlight on… Ellie Ervine – ‘fearless’ mid-courter reflects on her rise through the Team Bath pathway to Super League squad for 2024

Dynamic mid-courter Ellie Ervine has made the step up from Team Bath training associate to full squad member for the 2024 Super League season. We caught up with the University of Bath placement student to find out more about...

Read More
Next generation of Team Bath Netball stars looking to shine as 2023-24 NPL season begins

The 2023-24 Netball Performance League (NPL) season gets under way this weekend and Team Bath’s age-group squads are hoping to shine once again on the national stage. All of the teams achieved top-four finishes in their respective leagues last...

Read More
Team Bath Netball Sponsors
Partners and Suppliers