Talented Netball players can develop their skills at Wycliffe College.
The Stonehouse-based school will, from September, host one of eight Severn Stars Under 17 Netball ‘Nova’ Academies in the West Midlands and South West Regions.
The Academy will be run in partnership with Severn Stars Netball Super League Franchise which is jointly owned by the University of Gloucestershire and the University of Worcester. It will extend the provision of regular, high-level performance training to the next generation of potential Netball stars.
The Nova Academies will be the next step for players as part of the England Netball and Severn Stars Performance Pathway, as they move on from County Academies.
It will provide talented Under 17 players with twice weekly training sessions, strength and conditioning programmes and provision, high-level technical training, as well as sports therapy and off-court support. The Nova Academies will also have the opportunity to compete against each other with monthly match play sessions.
As part of the programme the players receive training kit, a training journal and two Severn Stars home game tickets. There are also monthly match play sessions between the eight Nova Academies (King’s School Worcester, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Wrekin College, Hartpury College, Headington School Oxford, Wycliffe College, Clifton College and Millfield School).
The season culminates in the Supernova Tournament which takes place at the end of May and from which the Severn Stars Under 17 National Performance League squad is selected.
Severn Stars Executive Director and Co-founder Anita Navin, said she was pleased to be able to establish these Nova Academies as Severn Stars look to develop their pool of players.
She added that by working with Wycliffe College, with an established sporting background, she felt that the Nova Academy would “be vital in giving players the tools to compete at the next level, while in a nurturing environment”.
Players attending the Nova Academies work towards competing in the Under 17 National Performance League Severn Stars team, before hoping to be able to progress on to Under 19, Under 21 and Senior Severn Stars teams.
Wycliffe Sixth Form pupil Katie Cruickshank competed in the under 19 Severn Stars squad in the National Performance League for the 2017/18 season. Katie who first attended Wycliffe Preparatory School and is now in the Sixth Form, has travelled around the country to play the other nine teams in the league. Katie was also selected to be part of the U17 Severn Stars team taking part in the National Performance League Tournament at Nottingham University between 26th – 29th July 2018.
For further information regarding the Nova Academies, the Severn Stars Talent Pathway and how to become a part of it, please visit the Severn Stars website – www.severnstars.co.uk/playerpathway