Online Applications

Applications for the 2019 program open on Monday 27th August 2018 and close on Friday 26th October 2018

Applications are open until Monday 3rd September for Coach Nominations,   Download form at our website.   


2018 Netball Squad:

Anna Atkinson - Scone 

Maddison Barnden-Hyde- Uralla

Amber Barnden-Hyde- Uralla

Gabbie Barratt- Inverell

Bridgette Beatty- Glen Innes 

Georgina Burton- Glen Innes

Annaleese Cameron- Glen Innes

Elizabeth Chard- Glen Innes

Maddison Collier- Manilla

Maddison Cooke- Glen Innes

Elian Cotter- Armidale

Amity Coxon- Dubbo

Briannah Donaldson- Tamworth

Claudia Eastburn- Baradine

Molly Elford - Quirindi

Brianna Elliot- Calala

Bella Gallagher- Gunnedah

Sophia Grant- Armidale

Lucy Hamlin- Tamworth

Trudie Ison- Manilla

Lilli Johns- Armidale

Liv Joyce- Armidale

Sophie McCormick- Glen Innes

Sarah Mcilveen- Tamworth

Elloise Neville - Inverell 

Finella Palmer- Tamworth

Jessica Partridge- Inverell

Holli Rodstrom- Curlewis

Saskia Thomas- Armidale

Mia Tindale- Armidale

Janine Widders-Lockwood- Armidale

Sophie Williams- Gunnedah

Courtney Wright- Glencoe


Head Coach: Sophie Sincock

Mentor Coach:  Kirstie Fuller

Assistant Coach: Julie Fuller 

Assistant Coach: Jody Kent 

Assistant Coach: Amy Clark

Assistant Coach:  Katie Rossington 

Trainee Coach:  Emily Burton

Manager:  Debbie Burton



Application Details

Who is Eligible

Female athletes aged between 14-16 in 2019 (born in 2003-2004), reside in Northern Inland region, be a member of an affiliated club or association (or be prepared to join).

Selection Process

Up to 25 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 2018 NIAS Netball Squad will be held on Sunday 22nd October 2017 at Tamworth Sports Dome

Program year

Scholarship offered is for a 12 month period, November 2018 to November 2019

Trials - Date TBC 



4th February 2018  -Sunday-  NIAS Netball Regional Training Session 1
9 am til 1 pm Venue TBC

11th  February 2018 - Sunday - NIAS Induction/GROWTH Day

18th February 2018 - Sunday - NIAS Netball Regional Training Session 2
9 am til 1 pm Venue  TBC

3rd -4th March 2018 NIAS Netball Camp Weekend  Armidale Times  TBC

17-18th March 2018 High Performance Academy Camp  Sydney  Times TBC

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

8th April 2018 -Sunday - NIAS Netball Regional Training Session 4
9am til 1 pm Venue TBC

27th - 29th April 2018 - 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 GROWTH 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:  $180 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, GROWTH day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket
Academy Games: 
$250.00 GST inclusive
Academy Challenge: $220 GST inclusive

Netball Clothing Pack:  $250 GST inclusive (ordered from and paid to SportsPower Armidale, includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, hoodie and ankle socks).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased from SportsPower Armidale.


Open Date: 26 August 2018
Close Date: 20 January 2019

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 am applying for a position into the Northern Inland Academy of Sport Talent Development Program. If selected, I agree to fulfill all obligations to the Academy Program.
Parent Declaration*
I have read and understand the information provided for this program and give my child/ward permission to apply for a position in the NIAS Program.