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Nova Academy at Wycliffe College

The Severn Stars Netball Franchise nurtures and develops talented netball players in a professional environment. Wycliffe was chosen as one of only six Severn Stars Nova Academy sites in the region for the Nova Academy U17 Programme.

Nova Academies are the next step up the pathway from County Academies and replace Regional and Regional Performance Academies. The U17 NPL Severn Stars team are selected from players within the Nova Academies.

Sports academy coaching held twice a week

The Wycliffe Nova Academy hosts two sessions a week led by renowned Netball coaches Gilly Salter and level 2 coach Jen Usher. Players receive two sessions a week, one is based on strength and conditioning and the other in technical netball skills and game strategy.

severn stars team members
group of nova academy pupils

Wycliffe Advanced Sports Programme (WASP)

Wycliffe’s own school led WASP programme provides our Netball Scholars additional sport development and guidance through one to one and small group sessions. Supported by the Nova coaches, the main Schools Netball programme is led by Head of Girls Games Sally Dudley and Netball specialist Joanne Wright. Netball is the major game in the Spring term and offers a busy and competitive fixture card for the Schools 12 teams.

Wycliffe’s onsite Sports academy training

The added benefit of hosting an onsite Nova Academy means that Netball Scholars are able to commit to the netball programme alongside the busy demands of a boarding School, both academic and extra curricular. As part of Wycliffe hosting the Severn Stars Nova Progamme, we also sponsor a player. Our sponsored Severn Stars linked player Ella Powell-Davies provides masterclasses to the Schools teams.