Posted 4th Jul 2024

Team Bath Netball Player Pathway Announcement

Team Bath Netball are delighted to confirm that it has been granted a licence to deliver the southwest performance pathway on behalf of England Netball.

Following the outcome of the NSL 2.0 tender, where Team Bath was not successful in securing a licence for the newly-launched Netball Super League from 2025, England Netball presented an opportunity in which Team Bath could still retain a licence to deliver the performance pathway in the southwest and compete in the National Performance League – including the newly-formed U23/feeder league.

After several weeks of discussions with England Netball, the University of Bath is pleased to confirm its support of the continuation of the Team Bath Netball performance pathway, and the network of Athlete Development Centres which serve more than 200 young netballers every year.

A full statement from England Netball can be viewed here: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/nsl-feeder-league-pathway-competition-structure-confirmed/

Emily Siddy, Team Bath’s Netball Manager, said: “We are delighted that we’ve been able to accept this offer from England Netball, and that we will have the opportunity to keep the Team Bath Netball legacy alive through the continuation of the pathway.

“The University of Bath has a deeply rooted history of supporting high-performance netball and this opportunity not only demonstrates our ongoing commitment to young aspiring netballers in the region but also represents the first steps towards our long-term ambition of supporting the return of elite netball to the southwest.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support and messages we’ve received from right across the region in recent weeks, and we know this news will be well-received amongst our fans and wider netball community. We are looking forward to working with England Netball, Netball South West and other partners to ensure this pathway and those that progress through it achieve all the success they deserve, and we hope our fans and those across the southwest will continue to support us on the next steps of this journey.”

Further information about the structure of the Team Bath Netball pathway, the Athlete Development Centre network and associated trials will be released in the coming weeks.

In addition to delivering the pathway and development activities, Team Bath Netball will also continue to work with key partners throughout the southwest to identify ways of engaging with fans and communities across the region through other netball activity and outreach work. One such example is the South West Coach Education Roadshow taking place this summer which sees Blue & Gold coaches Asha Francis, Natalie Roddy and Anya Le Monnier visiting six different locations in the southwest to share insight and ways of working with local netball coaches keen to develop their knowledge and skills.

The first session is taking place in Plymouth on Saturday 13th July and the roadshow will also visit Salisbury, Bath, Exeter, Taunton and Truro before the end of August. Visit https://netball.teambath.com/coach-education to find out more and book a place.

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