19th October 2016
It is our aim to be a Top 8 ranked country by 2019. How are we going to achieve this ambition? With the continued support of our members. We are delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural Performance League commencing March 2017, in association with our new facility partner the Academy of Sport and Wellbeing at Perth College UHI and supported by Bluefin Sport.
What is this? How does it affect me as a club player? How do I get involved?
A 6-week training and competition showcase open to spectators, hosted at the brand new Academy of Sport and Wellbeing at Perth College UHI between March and April, which will lead our National athletes into their respective International seasons.
We promised to deliver quality competition across our membership, and here it is. The opportunity for our experienced and skilled domestic league players and coaches to hit the court side by side with our National athletes and Technical Team, to battle it out to take home the inaugural trophy.
Netball Scotland’s very own Gail Parata, Lesley MacDonald and the National Technical Team, are hitting the road and coming to the Scottish Cup Tournament (Saturday 5th November at Oriam, Edinburgh). The NTT will be there to carry out a player screening process, following which, invitations to trial will be provided. Any individual interested in the Performance League but not part of a Scottish Cup team, don’t you worry – you can submit an application for consideration by our National Technical Team.
Performance League trials will take place on Sunday 19th February 2017 at the Academy of Sport and Wellbeing at Perth College UHI.
Gareth McKenna, Commercial Manager, from Perth College UHI said: “Perth College UHI is proud to host the new Performance League with Netball Scotland at our state of the art Academy of Sport and Wellbeing facility, we look forward to attracting players and spectators to the city of Perth and our beautiful campus.”
Lesley MacDonald, Under 21 National Lead Coach and Netball Scotland Pathways Development Manager said: “The National Technical Team are excited to bring together the wealth of experience, knowledge and skill of our domestic league players and coaches, alongside our National athletes and coaches, to provide a quality competition for our members. This is a very exciting time as we continue our preparations for Netball Europe in May and subsequently the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana in June, which will be enhanced by this competition.”
For full details of the Performance League structure and player eligibility, please visit the Netball Scotland website by clicking here.
Not interested in playing but wish to be considered for one of the coaching positions available? Notes of interest should be submitted to our Pathways Development Manager, Lesley MacDonald, via Lesley.MacDonald@netballscotland.com
All other enquiries relating to our Performance League – be that volunteers, officials, sponsorship proposals, any questions you may have - should be directed to our Club and Competitions Development Manager, Katy MacGregor, via firstname.lastname@example.org
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