Online Applications

Athlete applications for the 2020 program open on Tuesday 27th August 2019 and close on Friday 18th October 2019.

To be eligible you must be aged 14 – 16 yrs of age (born in 2004-06) to apply.

Click on the Apply button for more information and to submit your application.  ----------->


Coach Nomination applications are open until Friday 18th October, Download form here or at our website.   



2019 Netball Squad:

Sara Baker-                         Gunnedah
Amber Barnden-Hyde-  Armidale
Indira Barratt-                    Inverell
Gabbie Barratt-                 Inverell
Bridgitte Beatty-               Glen Innes
Annaleese Cameron-      Glen Innes
Imogen Cameron-           Gunnedah
Maddison Cooke-            Glen Innes
Elian Cotter-                       Armidale
Amity Coxon-                    Armidale
Alice Donnelly-                  Gunnedah
Claudia Eastburn-             Narrabri
Molly Elford-                      Liverpool Plains
Brianna Elliott-                   Tamworth
Maya Gallagher-               Gunnedah
Lacey Gibson-                    Tamworth
Sophia Grant-                    Armidale
Charlotte Hall-                   Armidale
Lilli Johns-                           Armidale
Sophie McCormick-         Glen Innes
Sarah Mcilveen-                Tamworth
Madison Moran-              Armidale
Charlotte Mozzell-           Inverell
Finella Palmer-                  Tamworth
Jessica Partridge-             Inverell
Holli Rodstrom-                Gunnedah
Ella Russell-                        Armidale
Sharnaya Styles-               Armidale
Saskia Thomas-                 Armidale
Alirah Watton-                  Gunnedah
Sophie Williams-               Gunnedah
Alexia Wineti-                    Inverell
Lucy Young-                        Armidale 


Head Coach: Sophie Sincock
Assistant Coaches: Julie Fuller & Jody Kent
Trainee Coaches: Sophie Hansen
Team Managers: Rebecca Cooke and Mishka Dowling

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Female athletes aged between 14-16 in 2020 (born in 2004-06), reside in Northern Inland region, be a member of an affiliated club or association (or be prepared to join).

Selection Process

Up to 34 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 2020 NIAS Netball Squad will be held on Sunday October 20th 2019 at Sport UNE Armidale.

Program year

Scholarship offered is for a 12 month period, November 2019 to November 2020

Trials for the 2020 NIAS Netball Squad will be held on Sunday October 20th 2019 at Sport UNE Armidale.



4th February 2020  -Sunday-  NIAS Netball Regional Training Session 1
9 am til 1 pm Venue TBC

11th  February 2020- Sunday - NIAS Induction/GROWTH Day

18th February 2020- Sunday - NIAS Netball Regional Training Session 2
9 am til 1 pm Venue  TBC

3rd -4th March 2020 NIAS Netball Camp Weekend  Armidale Times  TBC

17-18th March 2020 High Performance Academy Camp  Sydney  Times TBC

25th March NIAS Netball Regional  Session 3
9am til 1 pm - Glen Innes

8th April 2020 -Sunday - NIAS Netball Regional Training Session 4
9am til 1 pm Venue TBC

27th - 29th April 2020- Friday, Saturday and Sunday  Clubs NSW Academy Games - Newcastle



29th July - Sunday - NIAS Netball Regional Training Session 1
9 am til 1 pm  Venue TBC

19th August - Sunday - NIAS Netball Regional Training Session 2
9 am til 1 pm Armidale

2nd September - Sunday - NIAS Netball Regional Training Session 3
9 am til 1 pm Glen Innes

16th September - Sunday -Training for Academy Challenge Squads only
9 am til 1pm Sport UNE

29th September- 1st October Academy Challenge




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 EAP  and respective School representative teams.

Selection Criteria

Athletes will be assessed on the following criteria at selections trials or via TID 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, height, 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- passing (selection and execution), catching, balance, footwork, attacking, defending and goal shooting accuracy. Tactical awareness including decision making, spatial awareness, positional play. Potential to improve, mental toughness, temperament, determination, commitment, ability to be highly receptive to coaching. Individual application to training and competition.


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.

Program content

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

Athlete Benefits:

  • Intensive training support by quality regional, guest and state level coaches.
  • Attendance at the NIAS Life Skills Education Day - off-field education
  • Individual home training program and structured satellite training sessions where applicable.
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • 1 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 no 1 priority sport while on scholarship.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both on and off th 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:  $190 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, Life Skills Education Day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket)
Academy Challenge: $220 GST inclusive

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.


Open Date: 05 September 2019
Close Date: 19 October 2019

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

Applications currently closed


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