Netball

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). We are a performance club and as such strive to foster an environment of inclusivity and growth – both on and off court. 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 for the 2020-21 season will compete in the BUCS Northern League. Due to COVID-19, the 2020-21 season will be considered a ‘bridging season’ with no promotion or relegation at the conclusion of competition. Regardless of these circumstances, we will still aim to win as many matches and subsequently leagues as possible. The competitiveness this season will be no different to usual!

 

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Additionally, all squads compete in a BUCS Cup league, a knockout process providing extra opportunity for match play. The club also competes in Varsity and Christie Cup competitions. Varsity is taken very seriously against John Moores; having defeated them in the 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 and is always an exciting event! 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

Pre-season is usually a crucial part of the Netball club and has in previous years been hosted between the 9th and 14th of September. Due to COVID-19, we must follow government guidelines regarding the ‘Return to Play’. We are keeping up to date with England Netball, as well as government guidelines, and as soon as we have more information we will update the website. Please follow our social media accounts for a more direct line of contact and stream of information. All being well, the programme will involve 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 Athalia Ibanga (details to the right).

Training

Training throughout the season will take place at the University of Liverpool Sports Centre. We are yet to finalise training schedules, but the usual timetable is as follows: on Tuesdays (split sessions dependent on team) from 6-10pm, and Thursdays from 6-8pm. We also normally host 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 and, we operate on a no train no play basis in order to remain competitive and fair.

AU Club membership is £40.00. Membership to any additional sports clubs thereafter is £24.00. A gym membership is not compulsory although this would cover access to the sports hall, which otherwise can be paid on a session by session basis. Please see the University of Liverpool Sports Centre page for pricing and different options available.

 

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Social

As a club, we believe socials are a vital part of netball at Liverpool University. They help to integrate players regardless of what team they are a part of. The club aims to hold a social event every Wednesday, organised by our social secretaries, 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, there are a number of other events such as a Welcome to Netball meal, a Christmas Party and an end of season awards ceremony; it is an amazing night used  to congratulate teams, showing praise to players that have been outstanding and committed to the club throughout year.

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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 2020/21 season, please follow this link for more information and contact Athalia Ibanga.

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/sports/performance/elite-athlete-scheme/

 

For any questions, please contact Athalia Ibanga – Club President. See aside for contact details.

Campus (participation league)

As aforementioned, the structure of the league may be affected by COVID-19 but if possible the league will go ahead as planned. Campus Netball is a competition league run internally by the University of Liverpool, in which both students and staff can participate. It 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 club’s aim is to get as many girls possible playing the sport at Liverpool University! The Campus Netball league is run by Claudia Scott and she can be contacted at hlscot3@liverpool.ac.uk.

To enter a team into campus netball, fill out the application form here.

Useful Links:

Sport Liverpool Gym Membership: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/sports/join/

BUCS Website: https://www.bucs.org.uk/homepage.asp

Elite Athletes: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/sports/performance/elite-athlete-scheme/

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