Netball Queensland announces new 16/U State Titles, development opportunities

Netball Queensland (NQ) is pleased to announce the 16/U State Titles, which will provide a launching pad for the state’s best 16-year-old players to compete for Queensland representative selection.

The competition will be held in late September 2018 and feature teams aligned with each of the state’s 12 Queensland State Netball League (QSNL) license holders.

Suitable athletes, coaches and umpires will be identified through a process book ended by NQ’s Emerging Talent Program (ETP), which will hold 12 workshops across the State through February/March and July/August. Further identification will occur via a thorough scouting process covering all major competitions.

Netball Queensland General Manager – High Performance Richard McInnes said NQ had worked diligently to ensure more opportunities for athletes with elite aspirations than ever before.

“We are committed to nurturing the best talent Queensland has to offer and will implement a range of different systems to ensure suitable athletes are extended the opportunity to participate in our ETP workshops,” McInnes said.

“While our regional ETP coordinators will again coordinate the delivery of workshops, interested players will also be able to self-nominate via an online registration.

“Netball Queensland will also work closely with Associations to identify players and cross check each region’s nomination list to ensure talented players are not missed.”

The 16/U State Titles and ETP program will also provide a vital development opportunity for umpires and coaches.

It is proposed all active umpires with a minimum C badge and coaches with a minimum Intermediate level qualification will be offered the chance to attend their local workshop.

McInnes said the revamped ETP selection process and 16/U State Titles would provide an ideal transition point from Association-based netball to a higher level of representative competition.

“This new competition will provide players with the perfect platform to compete for selection in the Queensland 17/U squad for the following year as well as linking them with their local QSNL license holder to maximise the transition of players into this system,” he said.

“It will also provide a point for talented players who have represented their Association at Queensland Premier League and Nissan State Age Championship levels to entrench themselves in regional representative netball aligned with QSNL.

“While not every player will play at this level, Associations will have the opportunity to enter two teams in the 2018 Queensland Premier League competition which will provide further opportunities for 15 and 16-year-old girls who wish to continue their representative journey.

“This cohort of players also has numerous other representative opportunities through the Vicki Wilson Cup, Queensland Secondary School Championships and various other school based competitions which run through the year.

“We wish all the very best of luck to our state’s talented 16/U athletes ahead of the ETP workshops in early 2018 and can’t wait to see the next generation of Queensland talent emerge.”