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.


‘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 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 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:

  1.  please complete trial application form –
  2. pay £10 Trial fee –



Trial applications are now OPEN! 

Severn Stars are holding open trials for their U21 and U19 NPL squads for the 2021/2022 season. Open Trials will be taking place on the following dates;
U19 Academy 2021/22 trial dates and times (please inform us if you can not make both dates)
  • Tuesday 14th September. 7.15-915pm, at the University of Gloucestershire Arena, Plock Ct, Gloucester GL2 9DW
  • Thursday 23rd September. 7-9pm, at the University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester,WR2 5JN

U21 Academy 2021/22 trials dates and times (please inform us if you can not make both dates)

  • Thursday 16th September. 7-9pm, at the University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester,WR2 5JN.
  • Tuesday 21st September. 7.15-915pm, at the University of Gloucestershire Arena,Plock Ct, Tewkesbury Rd, Longford, Gloucester GL2 9DW
How to apply

To register for trials:

1.     1. Complete the application form

2.     2. Pay trial fee

 Closing date for applications 6th September 2021.

To qualify for the U21 and U19 NPL squads trials you much be born in 2004 or earlier. Any athletes born in 2005 or later should trial for one of our Nova Academies (see above). During Nova Academy trails, selectors or coaches will invite any player that they feels should be in the U19 and U21 NPL squads to the NPL trial.

Trial Charge
There will be a £15 trial charge, to be paid online at The deadline for applications is Monday 6th September 2021. Payment for trails must also be made by the same date.

We will  email you further information about the trials in September. Please note these trial dates are subject to change in accordance with England Netball and government guidance with regards to Covid-19. All applicants will be emailed with updates and details of the trial dates as soon as they are available.

Training Programme
Before trialling, please be sure that if selected you can commit fully to the programme.The final programme has not been confirmed, but U21 and U19 players need to be available to train twice a week. Players will also be asked to commit to weekend matches. The final programme will be shared once fixtures have been released.

Tuesday training session – Gloucestershire University Arena (7.15-9.15pm) tbc
Thursdays training session – University of Worcester Arena (8-10pm) tbc

Training will start on Tuesday 28th September and continue until the NPL tournament in July. Players are expected to attend both training sessions every week.

Cost of Programme
Please be aware there is a charge for the programme (which includes all training and match fees, sports therapy support, S&C programme, travel to away fixtures, training kit and the use of match day dress). You will be notified of this year’s fee before the first trails date.
There will be an additional charge for squad selected for the NPL tournament weekend.

If you require any more information about the trials, please contact Claire on

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King’s School Worcester

Birmingham Metropolitan College

Birmingham Metropolitan College

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Wrekin College

Wycliffe College


Download our Selection Policy here
Download our Player Pathway flowchart here