Athlete Program



Program overview

The SESA Netball Program forms an important step in the Netball NSW Player Development Pathway and focuses on improving and developing player skills.

The SESA Netball program provides development, education and support structures for athletes to easily integrate to the next level of the elite athlete pathway and focuses on individual athlete development.

Scholarship holders will be required to undergo an induction process, attend weekend training camps, and participate in academy activities.

Scholarship benefits

Academy Netball provides each athlete:

Coaching Excellence – In a series of training sessions netballers will work with experienced coaches to develop court skills and Netball IQ.

Personal Growth – Off court sessions such as time management, performance under pressure and nutrition ensure athletes grow on and off the court.

General Athletic Development – Testing and an introduction to Strength and Conditioning will improve speed, power and reactive ability on court and will lessen the chance of injury.

High level Competitive Experience - Two Academy Challenges are planned in 2019.  Netballers from SESA will play against athletes from all corners of NSW in a fun competition that is all about individual development.

High Performance Camp – Academy athletes all come together at Netball Central in Sydney for a weekend camp where the girls have the opportunity to learn from the best of the best.

A step on the Pathway – If you dream of being selected to represent Netball NSW one day or play for the Giants, the Swifts or the Diamonds, the SESA netball program is an important step in your development.

Athlete eligibility

To be eligible for a SESA Netball Scholarship, athletes must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Be a financial member of Netball NSW
  2. Reside within the South East Region of NSW
  3. Athletes turning 14, 15 or 16 years of age in 2019 

Selection criteria

To gain selection into the SESA Netball Program athletes must satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following:

  • Be athletic and show potential in improving skills and ability

  • Be enthusiastic, motivated,  and committed 

  • Willingness to learn and apply coaching ideas.

Conditions of scholarship

SESA Netball Scholarship holders are expected to:

  • Attend all program activities
  • Be committed and prepared to work toward improving performance
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to athlete development 
  • Not take or use performance enhancing drugs or illegal drugs or participate in other activities that are prohibited by the South East Sports Academy Code of Conduct
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing  SESA
  • Attend the Athlete Education camp at Jindabyne on 27- 28 October 2018
  • An athlete levy of $350 will apply which covers the cost of program activities.

      Selection process

      Netballers who are turning 14, 15 or 16 years of age in 2019 and who reside in the South East Region of NSW are invited to complete an online nomination form and attend Academy Trials.

      2017/18 Squad

      The following players have been selected in the 2017/18 Netball squad

      Ashley Blake-Dyke
      Alicia Carter
      Charlise Cleary
      Ella Fennamore
      Kate Gowing
      Isabel Kennedy
      Tatyana Ludwig
      Erin Mayfield
      Georgia Norman
      Takiya Norris
      Jade Sokic
      Charlotte Walker
      Alexandra Whitby
      Emily Woodward
      Zara Writer

      2018 & 2019 Netball Program

      Athletes selected into the program will participate in:

      • Academy Camp (January / February)
      • Approximately 10 training sessions  (February to April and August to October)
      • Fitness testing and Off-court education sessions.
      • Inter-academy competitions including the Your Local Club Academy Games
      • High performance camp.

      Training sessions will alternate between various locations in the region including Broulee, Bega, Canberra and Goulburn.

      Netball Program Dates for 2017/18





      9 December 2017

      Fitness Testing

      Canberra – AIS Training Hall (court 2)

      9.30am – 2.00pm

      20 January 2018

      Training session

      Netball ACT - Northbourne Ave, Lyneham ACT (near corner of Thurnbon Rd)

      12:00pm – 4:00pm

      Saturday - Sunday
      17-18 February 2018

      Bonding Camp



      25 February 2018

      Inter academy training

      Illawarra Sports Stadium, Fred Finch Park, hooka Creak Road, Berkeley


      3 March 2018

      Training session

      Netball ACT - Northbourne Ave, Lyneham ACT (near corner of Thurnbon Rd)

      12:00pm – 4:00pm

      Saturday - Sunday 17 - 18 March 2018

      High Performance Camp

      Genea Netball Centre – Sydney Olympic Park 


      7 April 2018

      Training session

      Carroll College – Broulee -2494 George Bass Dr, Broulee

      10:30am – 2:30pm

      21 April 2018

      Training session

      Veolia Arena Complex - 47 Braidwood Road, Goulburn

      11:00am – 2:00pm

      Friday - Sunday
      27 - 29 April 2018

      Academy Games Tournament

      Hunter -  Maitland Federation Centre
      10 Bent Street, Maitland

      Travel arrangements to be confirmed

      27 May 2018

      DADA education modules

      Batemans Bay Soldiers Club -  6 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay

      10:30am to 1:30pm

      Block 2 - Break (May, June and July)

      State Championships: 9-11 June (Gosford)

      State Age Championships: 7-9 July (Sydney)

      5 August 2018

      Training session

      Veolia Arena Complex, 47 Braidwood Road, Goulburn

      10:30am – 2:30pm

      19 August 2018

      Training session

      Luman Christi Catholic School, Pambula Beach Road, Pambula

      10:30am – 2:30pm

      2 September 2018

      Training session

      Veolia Arena Complex - 47 Braidwood Road, Goulburn

      10:30am – 2:30pm

      16 September

      Training session

      Netball ACT - Northbourne Ave, Lyneham ACT (near corner of Thurnbon RD)

      10:30am – 2:30pm

      Friday - Monday
      28 September - 1 October 2018

      Academy Challenge


      Travel arrangements to be confirmed


      SESA presentation




      athlete Applications close 10 October 2018


      the sesa team

      Nominations are  now open  for  head coach, assistant coach and manager positions within the Netball Athlete Program:

      Nominations for coaches / managers close 18 september 2018