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Netball
Netball
Netball
Netball
Netball

Netball

University of Birmingham Netball Club is a highly competitive club which supports over 100 players, from a recreational level through to elite competition. Our first team compete in Premier North, and 4 more successful squads competing in the BUCS leagues (Midlands 1A, 2A, 2B, 7A). Our club is also partnered with Wasps Netball Superleague Academy.

With access to state-of-the-art facilities and expert staff, our club has access to further support, including strength and conditioning, and sports physiology and nutrition. We also have a development squad, allowing talented individuals to still be trained to a high standard and feed into the teams throughout the season.

We are a very close-knit club and support one another in and out of netball life, striving to provide a friendly and social environment for all of our members. This club offers the opportunity to make amazing friends for life. Members come together weekly to have fun away from the court and celebrate game days. The Club is also highly involved in fundraising and charity events where lots of fun can be had taking part in bingo nights, pub quizzes and more!

How to get involved

The netball club is a great club to join whether you’re an elite player or just enjoy playing the sport at a recreational level. Trials for the club are held at the end of September and sign up is usually online.

The deadline for joining for the 2020/21 season has now passed and trials have taken place, however feel free to contact us on the social media links if you would be interested in joining. If places come up throughout the year, we have the ability to invite people to trial after Christmas.

If you were unsuccessful in making the netball club this year or would like to play netball at a more social level, please search for the Campus League opportunities available at the University on the UB sport website. There is also the option for Social league, details can be found online or by contacting a member of the club development team.

If you have any questions, please use the red ‘contact us’ button to contact the club directly, or message them on any of their social media pages using the links provided.

Membership fees
– 1st team – £235
– 2nd team – £220
– 3rds and 4ths – £200
– 5ths – £150

Please note that on top of the club fee there is a £16 fee that covers personal accident insurance when training or competing for the University, access to free cross-training sessions such as circuits and yoga, as well as a contribution to the costs of affiliation to various national governing bodies.  This fee is only payable once so if you did decide to join a second club then you would not need to pay a second fee.

Wasps academy partnership

Wasps U21 Hub

The University of Birmingham are proud to be partnered with Wasps Superleague Academy, offering our students the local link with the U21 programme alongside the elite level standard of coaching. As well as four prime-time UoB club training sessions a week, Wasps U21s have their sessions on campus, which our 1st team also attend, allowing our players to benefit from the high level of coaching and play.

The pathway from the University to Wasps is further strengthened by regular Age Group days that engage with the local community, and the association with the 2019 Vitality Superleague runners-up allows a link with key coaches, training programmes and observation by people such as Tamsin Greenway to develop players and offer a smoother transition into elite-level netball.

Find out more about upcoming games on the Wasps Netball website.

Meet the coaches

HEAD COACHWesley Blair
Wesley Blair

“The opportunity this year to become head coach and work with some highly motivated performance athletes was one not to be missed. It is hoped that I can bring something different to the coaching team and my experience within a performance environment at Wasps Netball. I wish to enable the group to continue to grow and have success.

I have worked with and alongside some great coaches and this experience in managing expectations and personalities will help me to continue and develop the good work already taking place here at the UOB”.

LEAD COACH (3’s, 4’s and 5’s)Sarah Marson
Sarah Marson
“UoB Netball is a highly driven, competitive club that is and continues to be highly successful. We have a huge pool of talent here at the University and I am looking forward to working, achieving and contributing to the club’s success story in 2020/21”.

ASSISTANT COACH (3’s, 4’s and 5’s)
Joan Hunter

Training times & venues

1st & 2nd Team
Court Sessions: Monday 7pm-9pm and Friday 7am-9am (Munrow Arena)
S&C: Wednesday 12-1pm (outdoor courts)

3rd Team
Court Sessions: Tuesday 7pm-9pm and Friday 7am-9am (Outdoor courts)
S&C: Monday 8am-9am (Outdoor courts)

4th Team
Court Sessions: Tuesday 7pm-9pm and Thursday 7pm-9pm (Outdoor courts)
S&C: Monday 8am-9am (Outdoor courts)

5th Team
Court Sessions: Thursday 7pm-9pm (Outdoor courts)
S&C: Monday 8am-9am (Outdoor courts)

Development Squad
Court Session: Friday 6pm-8pm (Outdoor courts)
S&C: Monday 8-9am every 2 weeks (rotational basis)

Shooters
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 8-9am (drop in sessions)

All teams also have access to spin sessions. These are done on a rotational basis, everyone attends a minimum of 1 every 2 weeks however there are spare bikes at every session that are on a first come first served booking basis.

Please note – All training is COVID-19 dependant.

Successes and achievements

The club enters 5 teams into BUCS leagues every year, alongside the BUCS plates and cups which are knock-out style competitions. Year on year, Birmingham have always been at the top of the league tables in every league they enter into. Our ultimate aim each year is to win every BUCS league we enter.

1st Team Nominated for Team of the Year at UB Sport Awards
Our club has many girls that have a position in England teams and NPL squads.

BUCS TEAM SUCCESS

BUCS 1’s – Undefeated, Premier North Champions, BUCS Finalists (COVID-19 cancellation)
BUCS 2’s – Retained place in Midlands 2A league
BUCS 3’s – Won Midlands 3A league
BUCS 4’s – Placed 3rd in Midlands 3B league
BUCS 5’s – Undefeated, winners of Midlands 7A league and plate champions

INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES

Fran Williams – Sports Person of the Year (UoB Sport) / Bronze Medal Netball World Cup / Nations League Bronze Medal

Ellie Rattu – Selection into London Pulse Superleague

Kira Rothwell – Selection into London Pulse Superleague / Selection for England A vs South Africa and New Zealand / England U21 Long Squad Selection

Ash Dekker – London Pulse Superleague

Social netball

If you would prefer to play recreational netball, we also offer weekly social netball sessions as well as Campus League where you can enter a team made up of friends, course mates or hall friends.

DISCOVER SOCIAL NETBALL

Key contacts

Club Co-Captain: Georgia Pexton