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.
During 2021 England Netball had consultations with Franchise/Regional/County representatives about player pathway with three fundamental objectives:
- To review the current player pathway structure/system
- Engage with stakeholders to ensure they are heard and fully represented
- Identify gaps and opportunities that could create greater success for talented athletes across the player pathway.
From these consultations, England Netball have restructured their Player Pathway to provide more structure and a clear pathway for young players.
At Severn Stars, we have been working with England Netball and our Performance board to ensure we offer all players the best opportunity to develop and to represent Stars. Please see below our Severn Stars Player Journey for 2023/24 season with brief descriptions of all stages
Our Severn Stars Player Journey has a number of opportunities for players to represent the franchise at different stages of their development.
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 Netball Super League franchises and any other invited teams.
Dates for 2023/24 Season
Development Squad – Must have played in a franchise during 2023 either NSL or NPL, BUCS 1 or Prem 1/2
U21 – players born in 2003 or 2004
U19 – players born in 2005 or 2006
U17 – players born in 2007 t0 2009
U15 – players going into Year 9 or Year 10 in September
NPL U17- Aged under 17 and over 14 at 23:59 on 31st December 2023 (i.e., for the 2023/24 season, players must have a date of birth from 2007 to 2009). Any athlete aged 14 or under will only be eligible to compete if they are signed off by the England Netball Performance department.
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