Looking for the next netball superstars in Queensland

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Netball Queensland is excited to announce the new 2015 Regional Academy program, which will see the addition of a super layer of elite development, as the sport looks to uncover the netball stars of the future.

The introduction of the Netball Queensland Academy (NQ Academy) will provide for up to 30 athletes from across the state the opportunity for further development and bring Queensland into line with other high performance netball programs in other states and other Australian sports.

Netball Queensland Sports, Participation and Development Manager Tahnee Norris said the fresh level of talent identification will provide a solid pathway for players to work through the Academy with the potential to be selected into a state team and then onto the highest levels of the sport.

“We are really excited about being able to offer the same Regional Academy program already in place to our athletes in 2015, but the addition of the NQ Academy means we can provide an extra, elite-level opportunity to our home grown talent, so that they are not being overlooked when it comes to state and national selection,” Norris said.

“We want all of our players across Queensland to have the same opportunities as their counterparts in other Australian states and we are so pleased to be able to bring that to them in 2015.”

With further commitment to developing local talent, Norris said an Academy Head Coach, with nominations soon to be called for, will be appointed and oversee the top level NQ Academy as well as all 12 Regional Academies focussing on consistency, individual player development and player welfare.

Netball Queensland CEO Anna Carroll said the upgrade to the Regional Academy is a direct result of the review of programs that Netball Queensland has been undertaking to fine tune the level of service and delivery to the netball regions.

“What’s exciting about this new level of the program is our reach and connection into the Queensland regions to potentially uncover the new and emerging netballers of tomorrow,” Carroll said.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this to our members,” Carroll said.

“The only other change to the program will be in the timing.”

The 2014 Regional Academy program will wrap up this weekend with a training camp followed by the selection trials for Queensland’s 17/U, 19/U, 21/U state teams.

The new format to 2015 will get underway with trials starting in November.

Players throughout all Queensland regions such as Magnetic North to the Darling Downs, Wide Bay to Brisbane North, Capricorn to Golden South aged between 14-16 years, can nominate into the Regional Academy squad as per the current format and then have the chance to be further talent identified for the Netball Queensland Academy, when it is named in February next year.

Those 30 talent identified athletes will have one-on-one sessions with the NQ Academy Head Coach and take part in a monitored program following the Netball Australia Develop a Diamond curriculum.

“With trials starting in November this year and the academy running right through to October 2015, the athletes are in the program for a longer period of time, which means they have access to the higher level of coaching and instruction for an extended period and is an enormous value-add to the development of players in the under-age levels,” Tahnee Norris said.

“It prepares players for a full season at an elite team level and will make Queensland even more competitive on the national platform.”

Information on dates, timing and locations for Regional Academy trials will be released soon.

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