The Netball Programme is extremely comprehensive and through its player-centred approach, it evolves each year. Players and coaches approach the season with commitment, energy and of course fun. We ask our players to work hard and to give their all. From this ethos, along with perseverance and resilience from individuals that make up our Saints Netball family, the results and success come.
Our programme runs throughout the academic year, with players returning for pre-season and mid-season training before the start of each semester. These intensive training camps are a time when players not only become re-engaged with the sport after a long break but also receive talks on subjects such as nutrition and injury prevention.
During term time our programme is extremely comprehensive. To ensure our competitive squads get the most out of their practice time on court, they each have at least two training sessions per week with a qualified coach, in addition to separate shooting sessions to improve those all-important goal stats! Fitness plays an important part of our schedule, with the players enjoying the love-hate relationship with Monday morning fitness, netball spin classes, cardio work in training and weights sessions.
More specifically, players in the Performance Squad can expect to receive up to 210 hours of contact time with coaches throughout the season. In addition, a dedicated team of accredited Strength and Conditioning coaches deliver a netball specific programme twice a week. Players also have access to further sport science support, and specialist physiotherapists based on site at the Sports Centre.
Performance analysis has been a big focus for the club for a few years now, and a powerful way for players to receive feedback. Each squad member has access to a specific site to review their performance after every home match.
“It’s such an exciting time to be involved in netball, and especially at this club with the talent, commitment and dedication shown by our players, committee and staff. The netball experience is so comprehensive here at the University of St Andrews, there really is something for everyone. For those committed to pursuing academic excellence at this world-leading institution- balancing their studies with these netball opportunities makes a truly unique student experience.”
– Heather Gaunt, Director of Netball