County Player Development
The current Derbyshire County Performance Programme for Under 13s and Under 15s has been rebranded by England Netball from September 2022 as the Derbyshire County Player Development Programme.
The 2022-2023 County Player Development Squads will train on Saturday mornings at Woodlands School from September 2022 to May 2023 – each squad once every two weeks but exact dates and times are TBA
Trials for U13s (school years 7 and 8 from September 2022) take place on Saturday 3rd September 2022 and U15s (school years 9 and 10 from September 2022) take place on Saturday 10th September 2022 – both at Woodlands School.
The selected squads will attend a team building weekend at Lea Green in late September/early October. In addition to training, they will also compete in the East Midlands County League – this consists of an opening tournament, five matches, play offs and a closing tournament, taking place between October and May.
The County Player Development Programme U13s is the first step on the England Netball Player Pathway, The U15s is the second step. From here the Pathway is taken over by the Region’s VNSL Franchise, which for Derbyshire is Loughborough Lightning.
Lightning’s U15 Academy hold trials in January and the U15 County Lead Coach must nominate athletes to attend this, so an athlete is only eligible to trial for the Lightning U15 Academy if she is already part of a County Programme.