Online Applications

Applications for the 2021/2022 Netball program are now OPEN! CLICK THE YELLOW APPLY BUTTON ON THE RIGHT TO APPLY NOW

(Or at the bottom of the page for mobile users).

IMPORTANT! Please CLICK HERE to read the changes introduced to Netball programs across Regional Academies, as implemented by Netball NSW.

This includes a change of eligible ages for the 2022 program - to be eligble, girls must be aged between 15-16 years of age in 2022 (born 2006-2007).

The development program in 2022 will be run through Netball NSW. Unfortunately this means NIAS will be unable to run a development program for the younger ages as we did in 2021. 

Coach Nominations for the 2021/2022 season can be downloaded HERE and returned to NIAS via

If you would like more information on the Netball NSW Athlete Pathway and Framework, please CLICK HERE


If you require more information, please contact the NIAS office.

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2021 Netball Squad:

Victoria Alliston Inverell (Mid Court - A)
Caitlin Atkinson Scone (Shooter)
Charlotte Baker Uralla (Defence)
Isabella Banister Saumarez Ponds (Defence)
Ella Beveridge Inverell (Shooter)
Hannah Bower Daruka (Mid Court - A)
Elinor Brooks Murrurundi (Shooter)
Charlotte Craig Mullaley (Shooter)
Jessica Ferguson Gunnedah (Defence)
Tori Gentz Mount Russell (Shooter)
Sophie Hall Warialda (Mid Court - A)
Neve Harris Inverell (Shooter)
Gabrielle Higgins Tamworth (Shooter)
Lilly Higgins Armidale (Mid Court - D)
Tarnee Ingram Hillvue (Mid Court - A)
Isabel Kerr Appleby (Mid Court - A)
Keira Kerr Appleby (Mid Court - D)
Tara Lavender Inverell (Mid Court - A)
Charlotte Leonard Nemingha (Shooter)
Bronte Matthews Quirindi (Defence)
Addison Murphy Inverell (Mid Court)
Scout Newbery Gunnedah (Mid Court - D)
Phoebe Paul Gunnedah (Mid Court - A)
Jacey Ross Gunnedah (Shooter)
Ella Russell Armidale (Defence)
Grace Shanley Tamworth (Mid Court)
Holly Sheedy Gunnedah (Defence)
Imogen Smith Tamworth (Mid Court - D)
Camilla Teague Timor (Mid Court - A)
Lauren Wilczak Inverell (Defence)
Bria Wineti Inverell (Shooter)
Alexia  Wineti Inverell (Mid Court -D)
Ella Wyndham Inverell (Defence)


Hannah Bourke Bundarra (Defence)
Mackenzie Gash Armidale (Mid-court)
Jaycee Gentz Mount Russell (Mid-court)
India Hall Inverell (Shooter)
Michaella Hancock Inverell  
Audrey Hannaford Gunnedah (Mid-court)
Jessie Johnson Bendemeer (Mid-court)
Lillie Kentwell Armidale (Mid-court)
Rya Knox Narrabri (Mid-court/Defence)
Lily Lorimer Armidale (Mid-court)
Eve Newsome Armidale (Shooter)
Thea Sheridan Piallamore (Defence)
Emily Spencer Inverell (Mid-court)
Layla Ting Inverell (Mid-court)


Program Staff
Mentor/Co-Coach: Sophie Sincock
Head Coach: Kaitlin Driscoll
Senior Assistant Coach: Julie Fuller
Assistant Coaches: Sophie Hansen and Kristen Cohen
Trainee Coaches: Liz Chard, Emma Higgins and Maddison Cooke
Team Managers: Mel Atkinson and Nicky Lavender



Application Details

Who is Eligible

Female athletes aged between 15 -16 in 2022 (born in 2006-2007), reside in Northern Inland region, be a member of an affiliated club or association (or be prepared to join).

Selection Process & Criteria

Up to 24 athletes may be offered a place in the Netball Program based on past performance at selection trials and or via talent identification processes.

Trials for the 2021/2022 NIAS Netball Squad will be held in November

Athletes will be assessed on the following criteria at selections trials or via Talent ID processes:
Performance at specific events (last 12 months). Events may include previous NIAS programs, local competition games and state championships. Physical capabilities and attributes including speed, aerobic capacity, vertical jump, power, strength and agility. Formal testing may not occur during final trial but are observable during training and games. Technical competence in core skills including passing (selection and execution), catching, balance, footwork, attacking, defending and goal shooting accuracy. Tactical awareness including decision making, spatial awareness, positional play, attacking strategies and defensive strategies. Potential to improve including mental toughness, temperament, determination, commitment, ability to be highly receptive to coaching. Individual application to training and competition.

Program year

Scholarship offered is for a 12 month period, November 2021 to November 2022

Trials for the 2021/2022 NIAS Netball Squad will be held in November (date TBC) in Tamworth. This program will commence from February 2022. 

Please Note* We will plan on completing the training sessions pending COVID-19 restrictions. A priority for NIAS  is to ensure you have a completed program, therefore if originally proposed training sessions are unable to take place due to COVID-19, alternatives will be sought.



Block 1 runs from February to April.

Dates: TBC

Expected to have 3 regional training sessions, an overnight camp and Your Local Club Academy Games



Block 3 runs from July to September.

Dates: TBC

Expected to have 3 regional training sessions, Aacdemy Challenge and Awards Night


Program content

The program has been developed in close consultation with Netball NSW.  Skill sessions and camps are held within the region throughout the 12 month program. Guest coaches ensure that the program remains fresh and interesting and athletes are presented with new ideas and different perspectives to encourage their learning. Athletes are required to attend the NIAS Education Weekend. This program covers education sessions on sport psychology, sports medicine, nutrition, public speaking, media training, sun protection and career skills.

Program Outcomes

The ongoing skill program is designed to provide athletes with increased skills and fitness to better prepare them for selection into NSW Squads, NSWIS Elite Athlete Program  and respective school representative teams.


Subjectivity is an unavoidable element in all selections. Athletes who feel the selection criteria has not been adhered to should be aware that NIAS has a formal 'Appeals' process available.

Contact NIAS if you would like to make an appeal and recieve feedback on your application. 

Athlete Benefits

  • Intensive training support by quality regional, guest and state level coaches.
  • Attendance at the NIAS Life Skills Education Weekend (off-field education)
  • Individual home training program and structured satellite training sessions where applicable.
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • One ticket to annual awards night.
  • Travel assistance to attend NIAS regional training sessions and camps.
  • Financial assistance if selected into state team.
  • Fully Paid Athlete Levy scholarships due to financial hardship available.

Athlete Commitments

  • Attend all program activities.
  • Netball is  priority sport while on scholarship.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both on and off the field.
  • Comply with the training requirements and respond in a positive manner to any suggestion or criticism.
  • Maintain an appropriate performance standard to continue to receive a scholarship.
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing the NIAS and its sponsors.
  • Wear Academy apparel when representing the Academy at events.
  • Make yourself available (within reason) to sponsors and the media for promotional purposes.
  • Adhere to NIAS anti-doping policy.
  • Maintain communication with NIAS and coaching staff as required.


Athlete levy:  $195 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket
Academy Challenge: $220 GST inclusive (Costs may be subject to change)
Netball Clothing Pack:  $TBC (Includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, hoodie and ankle socks).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased.

Athlete levy support programs are available for those experiencing financial difficulty.

We understand COVID-19 provides some uncertainty, however it is our priority to ensure each program is completed in full and will source avenues to make this happen. If this is unable to occur due to COVID-19, NIAS will look to provide partial refunds for  what has NOT been provided. 


Open Date: 07 September 2021
Close Date: 10 November 2021

For further information please contact the NIAS office on 67 662526 or email

Athlete Information

Height (cm)*
Weight (kg)*

Parent/Guardian Contact Details

Fathers Name*
Fathers Phone Number*
Mothers Name*
Mothers Phone Number*
Parent Email*
Council LGA*

Medical Details

Medicare No*
Family Doctor
Family Doctor Ph Number
Do you have any injuries*
Permission to Call Ambulance*
Emergency Contact*
Emergency Mobile No*
Do you suffer from any known allergies?*
Member of Private health Fund
Fund Name
Fund Member Number
Medical Operations/Conditions*
Ambulance Cover with Private Health

Sport Information

Lonestar Sport (if applicable)
Golf H'cap (if applicable)
Current Club/Association*
Coach Name
Coach Mobile
Level of Competition/Representation
Level of Competition/Representation
Level of Competition/Representation
Additional Information
How long have you played/competed*
Preferred Position*
What are your goals with your sport*
Who is your favourite Athlete?*
Greatest Influence on your Sports career*


Athlete declaration*
I have read the NIAS Terms and Conditions, NIAS Drug Policy and the NIAS Athlete Code of Ethics documents and if selected, I agree to fulfil all obligations to the Academy outlined in these documents.
Parent Declaration*
I have read the NIAS Terms and Conditions, NIAS Drug Policy and the NIAS Athlete Code of Ethics documents and if selected, I agree to fulfil all obligations to the Academy outlined in these documents.