SEVERN STARS PLAYER PATHWAY
The Severn Stars Netball Franchise has a clear vision to develop, perform and grow! We are looking for talented netball players to progress and be a part of our Severn Stars player pathway. We have an emphasis on nurturing and developing talent and creating a professional inclusive environment for all.
The player pathway has successfully expanded in 2021/22 and now consists of 10 x U17 Nova Academies, an U19 and an U21 national performance league squads. The Nova Academies are the next step up the pathway from County Academies and replace Regional Performance Academies.
The National Performance Leagues (NPL) are England Netball sanctioned competitions for both U19 & U21 squads. It is designed to provide the game’s outstanding youth players with a performance environment. It is an organised, highly disciplined intense competition against the English Vitality Netball Superleague franchises and any other invited teams.
For 2021/22 TRIAL INFORMATION please click on the relevant age group photo below.
The NPL competitions also sanction tournaments in summer with a similar provision to include the U17 and U15 age groups.
U17 NOVA ACADEMIES
‘Nova’ is Latin in origin, meaning new and in Astronomy, a nova is a star that releases a tremendous burst of energy becoming extraordinarily bright. In September 2021, Severn Stars Nova Academies will be running at 10 educational institutions throughout the region; Oswestry School, Stafford Grammar School, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Kings School Worcester, Royal Grammar School Worcester, Wrekin College, Wycliffe College, the Crypt School, Monmouth School for Girls and Redmaids’ High School.
Open trials for the Nova Academy programme take place each September. Any player aged U17 (by birth year not school year) can attend these open trials, they do not have to reside in a Severn Stars affiliated county. If a player has missed the September open trials, they can be nominated by County Academy coaches for a late Nova Academy trial, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Players are nominated from each of the U17 Nova Academies to attend trials for the Severn Stars U15 team and if eligible (must be U15 and reside in Severn Stars affiliated county: Staffordshire, South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire) the Severn Stars U15 team.
Under normal circumstances, at the end of each season a ‘Supernova’ Tournament takes place, where the 10 Nova Academies select their best team of 12 to compete against each other in order to be crowned Supernova Champions.
NOVA U17 ACADEMY 2021/22 SEASON TRIALS!
Nova Academy 2021/22 programme trials are taking place on Wed/Fri 8th/10th September 2021. To attend these U17 open trials you need to have been born in 2005 or more recently.
To register for trials:
- please complete trial application form – https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=U7fLnrmoG0-yBpcWknmKZ-1fZcdDXq9FrITsp8QVXk5UQjhMS0FEQlNDUjFUWEZRSjhRRUpIWDBCVi4u
- pay £10 Trial fee – https://bit.ly/NovaTrialFee
BY SEPTEMBER 1ST 2021 – LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.