U21 Scotland


The U21 national squad is the tier below the Scottish Thistles, with many of the 21s training within the Scottish Thistles squad.  The squad train weekly with additional competition opportunities through the season as the team progress towards the annual Netball Europe Under 21 Championships.

Previous results at Netball Europe:

2018     Silver

2017     Silver

2016     Silver

2015     Bronze

2014     Bronze

Scotland’s Under 21 team, affectionately referred to as our #FutureThistles, have returned home from the Netball Europe Championships in Antrim, Northern Ireland with a Silver medal in their grasp.  All 12 athletes took to the court in their Scotland kit over the weekend, securing wins against both Wales and Northern Ireland.  The team was led by first time Captain, Sarah MacPhail, who said:

“We knew that if we trusted in our processes, and trusted in each other, we would be able to put out winning performances and that is what we did.  Knowing now that things we have been doing in training work well on the court is a huge confidence boost for the team.”

Not only was this Sarah’s first time in the Captain role, but the Scotland team also saw 1st International caps won by players Molly Cooper and Gillian Thomson.  Furthermore, our Lead Coach Rachel Cremin now has her first International competition under her belt.  Rachel expressed her delight with her players and support team:

“This team, and the team behind the team, have smashed each performance.  So incredibly delighted to top off this experience with 2 wins and a silver medal.”

From all of us at Netball Scotland, congratulations to Rachel, Gillian Crozier, Lesley MacDonald, Elena Morris, Bruce Mutch and Simon Lovelock on a successful Championships campaign, we very much look forward to the next chapter in the development of these athletes.

Thank you to our incredible partners from sportscotland, University of Strathclyde and Viper10 Sportswear for their continued belief and support, without whom none of this would be possible.


Netball Scotland are excited to announce the athletes successfully selected to represent Scotland at the upcoming Under 21 Netball Europe Championships.  This event will be hosted in Antrim, Northern Ireland across 5th – 7th October.  For those avid supporters travelling to Northern Ireland to support our girls, you can purchase your tickets here.  For those who will be #BackingPurple from Scotland, we encourage you to follow the official Netball Europe social media channels for all match updates.  To check out the event schedule, click here.

Our #FutureThistles

Savannah Antoine

Emma Barrie

Molly Cooper

Bethan Goodwin

Hannah Grant

Emma Love

Catriona MacDonald

Sarah MacPhail

Niamh McCall

Rebecca Metcalfe

Emma Mitchell

Gillian Thomson

Following our recent Under 21 National Selection weekend, we are now delighted to reveal the 24 athletes selected for this year’s long squad.  The following athletes will join forces with our outstanding Management Team, and work tirelessly over the coming months to earn their spot in the Under 21 Scotland team that will travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the Under 21 Netball Europe Championships in October 2018.

Congratulations to all athletes, and our Management, on their selection and appointment #SucceedAsATeam

Abbie Acheson Edinburgh Netball Club
Savannah Antoine Clyde Netball Club
Emma Barrie Scotstoun Netball Club
Erin Bolland Scotstoun Netball Club
Shona Campbell Angus District
Rachel Conway Holyrood Netball Club
Molly Cooper Newcastle University Netball Club
Dionne Dorricott Scotstoun Netball Club
Anna Edvaldsson Glasgow South Saltires Netball Club
Ann Fleming

Bethan Goodwin

Scotstoun Netball Club


Hannah Grant Edinburgh University Netball Club
Kate Hill Grangetown Netball Club
Emma Love Glasgow South Saltires Netball Club
Catriona MacDonald Scotstoun Netball Club
Sarah MacPhail Glasgow South Saltires Netball Club
Niamh McCall East Kilbride Netball Club
Rebecca Metcalfe Edinburgh University Netball Club
Emma Mitchell Clyde Netball Club
Robyn Morrison Scotstoun Netball Club
Ella Murray Westhill Netball Club
Catriona Norval Scotstoun Netball Club
Ellecia Queen Glasgow University Netball Club
Anna Sherry G84 Junior Netball Club
Gillian Thomson Scotstoun Netball Club



Under 21 Management Team:

Lead Coach – Rachel Cremin

Assistant Coach – Gillian Crozier

Technical Support Coach – Lesley MacDonald

Team Manager – Elena Morris

Physio – Bruce Mutch

The International Netball Federation’s flagship Youth Event, Netball World Youth Cup 2017, took take place in Gaborone, Botswana from 8 – 16 July.

The Scotland team qualified in October 2016 having beaten both NNI and Wales to finish 2nd from the region which was crucial for the World Cup draw.


Scotland 69 V 48 Sri Lanka
Scotland 26 V 78 New Zealand
Scotland 55 V 36 NNI
Scotland 46 V 44 Samoa
Scotland 22 V 95 Australia
Scotland 45 V 58 Jamaica
Scotland 42 V 55 Uganda
Final position 8th in World

All matches can be seen on the official world cup channel – CLICK HERE


Head Coach – Lesley MacDonald

Assistant Coach – Claire Brownie

Support Coach – Rachel Cremin

Team Manager – Elena Morris



Savannah Antione
Emma Barrie
Kelly Boyle
Rebecca Edgar
Rachael Eynon
Bethan Goodwin
Emma Love
Catriona MacDonald
Sarah MacPhail
Niamh McCall
Rebecca Metcalfe
Bethany Sutherland

Player Eligibility

Whilst the selection process for the 2017/18 has now concluded, if you wish to find out further information on our selection process, player eligibility or the nomination for selection process, you can contact our Pathways Development Manager, Lesley MacDonald, via Lesley.MacDonald@netballscotland.com


  • Age eligibility, U21 as at midnight on 31stDecember 2017
  • You must have playing experience, knowledge and skill level suitable for competing at this level.
  • Your base level of fitness must be appropriate to enable you to follow the demands of the programme as detailed below.
  • If selected to the squad you will be expected to contribute towards the training and competition programme details will be advised in due course but will not be more than £150 towards the training and competition programme or £150 towards U21 Netball Europe 2018.
  • You will be expected to take part in squad fund raising ventures to go towards the cost of the U21 programme (amount TBC.)

Commitment and expectations of athletes applying to be a member of the Scotland U21 Long squad:

  • Aspire to represent Scotland at National level
  • Willing and able to be a role model for netball in Scotland
  • Have the capacity and desire to commit to an intensive training programme each year which includes but is not limited to;
    • Strength training 2/3 times per week
    • Cardiovascular training 3/4 times per week
    • Club training/competitions
    • Ball management work 20 minute sessions, 4 times per week
    • Squad training sessions, estimated at two weekends per month
  • Be pro-active in your development as a performance netball athlete
  • Take up opportunity if selected to work alongside national squad
  • Attend Internationals held throughout the UK
  • Obverse/Analyse footage of elite netballers worldwide

IMPORTANT DATES:  U21 Netball Europe: 5th – 7th October 2018