Netball NSW (NNSW) partners with Regional Academies of Sport (RAS) and NSW Office of Sport to deliver this very important step in the NNSW High Performance Athlete Pathway.

The Academy Program provides talented netballers the opportunity within the framework of Netball Australia’s Develop a Diamond to grow as netballers and people.

Athletes who turn 14 – 16 in 2018 (born in 2002, 2003, 2004) and who aspire to realise their netball potential are encouraged to apply.

In 2018 the Academy Program will change to enable 14 and 15 year old players to commit to Representative Netball without overload. Each Academy will release a Program shortly.

All 2018 Academy Programs will all include:

  • Coaching Excellence – In a series of sessions, players will work with experienced coaches to develop technical and tactical skills.
  • Holistic Growth – Off court modules include sport life balance, mental toughness, nutrition and leadership.
  • 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.
  • Inter Academy Challenges – Two Academy Challenges are planned in 2018. Athletes will represent their Academy in competition that is focused on individual development.
  • High Performance Camp – Academy athletes 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 NSW one day or play for the the Swifts, GIANTS or the Diamonds, Academy netball introduces you to Netball NSW coaches and staff that can assist you on your journey.

For zoning information and player eligibility please refer to this link: Regional Academy of Sport – Council Areas


There are twelve Academies within NSW.  Eligibility is determined by your residential address. To establish what area you are eligible to trial for follow the link below:

RAS -Central Coast –

RAS -Hunter –

RAS -Illawarra –

RAS -North Coast–

RAS -Northern Inland –

RAS – Southern –

RAS – South West Sydney–

RAS -Western Sydney –

RAS -Western Region –

RAS -Far West –

NSW Office of Sport – SESA –

Netball NSW – Sydney –

For Further information please contact:

Regional Academy contacts OR Mardi Aplin – Regional Development and Pathways Unit Manager – at