Netball Academy

If you live, breathe and sleep netball, then we’re the college for you. You can study any of our full time school leaver programmes in any subject, including sport and A Levels and become a member of our netball academy.

You’ll develop the knowledge and expertise you need for a career in sport or to move on to university or an apprenticeship and gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst training and playing each week to develop your netball skills.

DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY PROGRAMME

To make sure all our academy members stay at the top of their game and are able to improve, we’ve created a unique development pathway programme with a dedicated package of support for each level.

Sport Pathway Diagram V3

ROLL OF HONOUR

  • Katy Hutchinson - Association of Colleges National Squad, Oaksway and North East Regional U19 Squad
  • Olivia Willis - Association of Colleges National Squad, Durham Palatinates and North Durham County Squad
  • Alex Rhodes - Association of Colleges National Squad and Team Northumbria National Performance League (NPL) Squad
  • Taylor Elgar - Team Northumbria NPL Squad

 

Academy Success

  • Winners of the Association of Colleges Sport North East league from (2011-2015)
  • Made Association of Colleges sport history with the highest scores recorded in 2015
  • Winners of the Association of Colleges Sport North East tournament (2014-2015)
  • Runners up in the AoC North East League on goal difference 2017

I secured my place at Durham University thanks to the grades I achieved whilst at Gateshead College. When I joined university, I was not only given the opportunity to play netball for the first team, but also coach the university’s third and fourth teams due to work experience I had completed in my final year at college.

Alex Rhodes

Meet the coach

Julie Kimber, Head Coach

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Julie has been coaching netball for over 25 years from grassroots to National level. 

She is the National Head Coach for the Association of Colleges (AoC) and Head Coach for North Durham County as well as Boldon Netball Club. Julie was previously National Head Coach for the Northern Ireland Senior squad. Julie currently plays for Boldon in the North Durham and North East regional league and has also played at regional and national levels. 

Julie is also a UKCC tutor and assessor for England Netball