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Player Development Pathway

Essex Metropolitan County Netball Association  

Dear Athletes, My name is Michelle Cox, and I am the head coach for Essex Met County.  I would like to share with you the England Netball Pathway for the Under 13s and Under 15s County Academies.  Please see attached the trial forms for the 2023-2024 season.

Essex Met Identification process (Trial process) 

Athletes DO NOT need to be nominated by their club/school as we are ensuring inclusion for all.  Athletes may not be in club but would like to try to become a netballer who has the raw skills and movement required. All we require when athletes attend is

  • Wear trainers
  • No club/School/County Kit
  • Ensure that your hair is tied back securely
  • No jewellery
  • No large hair clips
  • No long nails
  • Bring sufficient food and drink- Please note that Redbridge has a small café
  • Come dressed for outdoors as trials will be held outside

What we are expecting from athletes who are successful in their selection to the programme.

Regular attendance ➢ To commit to a home training programme and homework tasks where set ➢ To arrive prepared, with kit, and committed to train ➢ To take responsibility for their own development and engage with coaches to support this ➢ To be playing netball at an appropriate standard of competition for their age group (usually club netball)

What you can expect to see at trials

Trials will typically be multi-phased events, where athletes are invited to further rounds before final selection into the academies. During these trial events, athletes will typically be asked to demonstrate their skills and game awareness in match play and, where feasible, other game-based activities, including warm-ups and athlete led games. Multiple selectors are used at these events, so athletes are seen multiple times, by different selectors, whose selections are aggregated to provide the final selection decisions.

What are the selectors looking for?

Selectors will be present throughout warm-ups, match play and any other game-based tasks the athletes are asked to engage with. They are looking for age-appropriate identifiers of the following: ➢ Technical skills – for example can the athlete catch with one or two hands, land safely, and pass with a variety of passes, and can they do these under pressure? ➢ Tactical awareness – does the athlete demonstrate an on-court awareness of their positional role, and responsibilities of the bib e.g., providing attacking, or defensive support where necessary, or being able to attack or defend with other athletes? ➢ Game sense – does the athlete show some evidence of game sense principles such as the use of space, awareness of other athletes’ movement, dictating space, being able to transition between defence and attack ➢ Attitude and commitment – does the athlete demonstrate appropriate task intensity, are they able to commit pressure to maintaining possession or winning the ball and are they able to respond to coaching and/or peer instruction Athletes may not necessarily demonstrate all these qualities, and some athletes may possess different balances of each quality. It is expected that these qualities are developing at under 13 level, but much more present at under 15 level. Good Luck to you all For more information please do not hesitate to contact me at

Key documents:

Under 13 County Academies Trial 2023-2024

Under 15 County Academies Trials 2023-2024

Athlete Nominators Guidance 2023-2024

Player Pathway Programme – FAQ

Player Pathway Programme Screening Event Guidance 2023-2024

County Netball Association Selection Policy Guidance 2023-2024

Match Play Roles and Responsibilities Criteria 2023-2024

Essex Met Player Pathway Programme 2023-24 (Under 13s)

Essex Met Player Pathway Programme 2023-2024 (Under 15s)