Welcome to the University of Liverpool Netball Club!
Netball is one of the largest clubs in the AU, consisting of two groups – a competitive squad and a participation league (campus- see below). As a club, we aim to cater for a range of abilities and most importantly provide an enjoyable and friendly environment for all our players. We are a highly successful club within the AU and boast one of the largest memberships.
The competitive squad is made up of 5 teams. All teams will compete in the BUCS Northern West league for the 2018-19 netball season, with the 1sts in 1A, 2nds in 2A, 3rds in 3A, 4ths in 4A and 5ths in 5A, respectively. In recent years, we have had a number of promotions and therefore hope to build on these successes in the forthcoming season. Our 1st team have been chosen as a performance team for the fourth year running, where the squad benefits from high quality strength and conditioning and coaching helping us to compete with Universities across the north.
Additionally, all squads compete in a BUCS Cup league, a knockout process providing extra opportunity for match play. The club also compete in Varsity and Christie Cup competitions. Our varsity is taken very seriously against John Moores, and having defeated them these past few years, we will be looking to replicate this in the upcoming season. Christie Cup brings Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds Universities together in a day of sport, where last year we won for the first time in 27 years! We want to continue to push the club to achieve further successes by creating stronger squads, as well as building on the club’s reputation both on and off the court.
Pre-season is a crucial part of the Netball club and will be hosted between Monday 3rd and Sunday 16th September 2018. The programme involves a range of different elements, including fitness, strength and conditioning, ball skills, team building and match play, aiming to provide a solid foundation for the season that follows. Preseason is compulsory to current LUNC members and open to fresher’s looking to play 2nd team or higher, but all are welcome. If interested, please contact the club president Lucy Stead (details to the right).
Training throughout the season will take place at the University of Liverpool Sports Centre, on Tuesdays (split sessions) from 6-10pm, and Thursdays from 6.15-8.15pm. We also host strength and conditioning sessions on Monday 7.30-8.30 (1st and 2nd team only) and shooting practice from 8-9am on a Tuesday morning. During the season matches will take place on Wednesdays, both home and away. All training and matches are compulsory, where we operate on a no train no play basis in order to remain competitive and fair.
Membership to join the club is £35.00 per member and a compulsory gym membership is also required for the year, please see the University of Liverpool sports Centre page for pricing.
As a club, we believe socials are a vital part for the girls, to help integrate players across all teams regardless of what team they are part of. The club aim to hold a social every Wednesday after matches and once a month we take part in AU fancy dress nights. These nights are known to be the best in the university social calendar and are a bonus to being part of a sports club. In addition to this are a number of other events such as a Welcome to netball meal, a Christmas Party and an end of season awards ceremony in order to congratulate teams, showing praise to players that have been outstanding and committed to the club throughout year.
Elite Athlete Scheme:
Sport Liverpool aim to support and help the very best student athletes who compete at Junior, Under 21 or Senior regional, national and international level. We have been lucky to have previous netball scholars Lucy Harris (Wasps), Georgie Webster (England and Manchester Thunder) and Rebecca Harrison Pitt (Manchester Thunder). If you are interested in applying for this scheme in preparation for the 2018/19, please follow this link for more information and contact Lucy Stead.
Any questions regarding any club matter, please feel free to contact club president Lucy Stead. See aside for contact details.
Campus (participation league)
Campus Netball is a competition run internally by the University of Liverpool, in which both students and staff can participate. This is affiliated with the Back 2 Netball programme. It is open to everyone, of all abilities and we welcome newcomers to Netball in this league. Matches are played weekly throughout the winter and spring term, finishing with an awards evening in the summer term. We encourage all girls to join the campus league if unsuccessful at trials, as the netball clubs aim is to get as many girls possible playing the sport at Liverpool University!
Sport Liverpool Gym Membership: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/sports/join/
BUCS Website: https://www.bucs.org.uk/homepage.asp