With fantastic facilities and unparalleled access to leading experts, partners and coaches, there is no better place than Bishop Burton to play netball at an elite-level.
Training and Competition
Our individually tailored netball programme enables players to combine their high performance training with study for an academic qualification.
The weekly programme comprises up to 10 hours technical and tactical coaching and four hours fitness training with specialist strength and conditioning staff. There is also regular access to sports science.
Each member of the academy receives a kit package, which includes an Errea tracksuit, jumper, training shirt and travel top.
On match days, the players have playing kit and pre-match warm-up tops provided.
Netball players have access to outstanding training facilities;
- Indoor sprung courts
- 3G all-weather sports pitches
- 40 station high-spec gym, with brand new cardiovascular equipment
- Two state-of-the-art strength and conditioning suites, used by all of our sport academies, as well as Hull City
- Sprung floor dance studio used for yoga, stretch and flexibility sessions
- 7km cross country track
- Access to physiotherapy.
The Netball Academy is run by highly experienced and qualified coaches, including Jo Richardson, the academy’s Head Coach. Jo has been coaching at elite-level for over 10 years. As well as running the college’s team, she also runs Kingston Netball Club, which has members aged eight to 50+.
Jo works alongside the coaching team at Loughborough Lightning and Leeds Rhinos Director, Anna Carter, to offer students first-class training and development programmes.
The coaches involved in the academy have a great belief in development over short-term wins and appreciation of long-term player development. This belief in player development has proved to be successful as the squad now includes three GB Colleges players, four Yorkshire players and a Loughborough Lightning NPL player.
The team has been involved in netball in an educational environment for a number of years and understands the combination of academic and sporting pressures on players, allowing them to offer the support that players need. They have won the AoC (Association of Colleges) League title and National Final in 2016, and have been promoted to the College Superleague Premier Division.
Leeds Rhinos Netball Training Hub
The college is the premier training hub in the region for Leeds Rhinos Netball, helping to recruit talented athletes from across the region and improve their game play.
"I am captain of Netball Academy National Premier Squad and have competed at the highest level after being selected for the U17 England National Academy. I was also selected to represent the Association of Colleges (AoC) Great Britain College National Team and have played for the Yorkshire U19 NPL squad. I play my club netball at Leeds Athletic Netball Club and am looking forward to taking my place in the Leeds Rhinos Netball U19 NPL squad."