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This Page: Introduction
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                    Stage Three
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Active Sports Netball will provide quality coaching and competition structures for young people aged 11-16, to help them develop their full potential. Active Sports will seek to encourage girls from black, Asian and other ethnic minority communities, and it will try to make netball accessible to girls from low income families and those with a disability. The benefits to netball include:

Sport England developed this overall approach working in consultation with all ten of the participating sports. But each sport has different development requirements, so each has produced its own specific framework to guide the local programmes.
The AENA has invested considerable thought and effort in planning how to make Active Sports work for our sport. We have produced a detailed framework that we believe will deliver the best results for netball.
The framework consists of four distinct stages.
Stage One - Local Schemes
Stage One aims to attract those young people who have already learnt the basics of the game, usually in school, and now wish to take their involvement further. This involvement will comprise local skills awards days, incorporating the 'Coca Cola' Skills Awards, which will be targeted at 11-year-old girls who are not yet club members. This process will help identify girls who are committed to developing their skills. It could also include training over a two-year period in a local coaching centre, for girls who wish to develop further.
Click here for details of the next Active Sports Netball Coaching Courses.
Stage Two - Club Development
This stage aims to provide regular coaching for 11-16 year old players through our accredited clubs. The clubs will already be AENA bronze standard, and able to satisfy Active Sports' minimum standards relating to safe play and equal opportunities. They will be further assisted to develop their coaching, competition and social activities.
Click here for further information on Club Development.
Stage Three - Assessment
This third stage concentrates on the most effective way of assessing the abilities of players who are participating at local level in schools, local coaching centres and clubs, and want to take their involvement with netball further.
Assessment will be a continuous process, with coaches and teachers being aware of the different levels of skills and assessment criteria and recommending their players to higher levels when appropriate.
Those players identified at Stage Three as having ability and talent will be selected for Satellite Academies or County/Partnership Academies that will provide additional training and assessment opportunities at pre-county levels. The Satellite Academies will be targeted at 12-14 year old players and will provide a four-phase, locally based programme of enhanced coaching and skills development involving 20 hours of support each year. The County/Partnership Academies will provide a four-phase performance enhancement and fitness conditioning programme for 14-16 year olds involving 80 hours of support each year. Both academies will run from August to May and will include a period of 'active rest' in June and July.
We also feel very strongly as a sport that we could be doing even more to attract those sections of the community that have yet to enjoy netball. That is why we are committed to using Active Sports as a way of targeting those groups who are under-represented in our sport, and especially of reinforcing our commitment to girls and young women from disadvantaged areas.
Our programme is now in place and we have a network of trained development officers around the country to ensure that our Netball Action Groups have everything they need to implement Active Sports at the local level.
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