Online Applications

Applications are CLOSED for the 2021 Development Squad. To be eligble athletes must be aged 12-13 years of age in 2021 (born 2008-2009). CLICK THE YELLOW APPLY BUTTON ON THE RIGHT TO APPLY NOW

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The 2020/2021 NIAS Netball program applications are now CLOSED and the 2021 Squad has been selected.

Coach Nominations for the 2020/2021 season are CLOSED. 

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)
Mia Lincoln Armidale (Shooter)
Lucy Lockyer Warialda (Defence)
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 Shard, Emma Higgins and Maddison Cooke
Team Managers: Mel Atkinson and Nicky Lavender

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Female athletes aged between 14 -16 in 2021 (born in 2005 to 2007), reside in Northern Inland region, be a member of an affiliated club or association (or be prepared to join).

To be eligble for the development squad, athletes must be aged between 12 - 13 years in 2021 (born 2008 - 2009).

Selection Process & Criteria

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 2021 NIAS Netball Development Squad will be held on the 14th February in Armidale.

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, 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 2020 to November 2021

Trials for the 2021 NIAS Netball Squad will be held on 22nd November in Tamworth. This program will commence from February. The netball development program will be a modified version of the below content.

Please Note: The development program will be a modified netball program and will not include Academy Games.



Block 1 runs from February to April.

6th - 7th February: Overnight Camp

28th February: Regional Training Session

14th March: Regional Training Session

21st March: Regional Training Session (Academy Games Athletes Only)

16th - 18th April in Newcastle: Your Local Club Academy Games



Block 3 runs from July to September.

8th August: Regional Training Day

22nd August: Regional Training Day

5th September: Regional Training Day

18th/20th September:Academy Challenge in Orange

9th October: Academy Awards Night


Development Squad Dates:

Block 1

14th February - Trials/First Training session

7th March - Regional Training Day (Inverell)

28th March: Regional Training Day (TBC)

Block 3

TBC (3 regional training days)


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:  $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: 07 September 2020
Close Date: 11 February 2021

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

Applications currently closed