Yorkshire Jets have showcased some future stars from their Athlete Development Programme in junior tournaments.
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Yorkshire’s future netballing stars have been showcased by Yorkshire Jets at two of their Vitality Netball Superleague games.
Jets run an Athlete Development Programme, which launched last year, to identify, nurture and develop the next generation of players with the potential to grow into Superleague and England stars of the future.
After trials in the Autumn involving hundreds of girls from across the region, around 75 girls were selected for the Junior programme, for ages 11 to 13, and the Youth programme, for ages 14 to 19. The Programme sits alongside the England Netball pathway run by Yorkshire Netball and the Counties.
They come together monthly for expert coaching and support, led by Jets Head Coach Anna Carter and supported by the franchise’s coaches and players. They are helped by some of the region’s leading club coaches who give their time and effort to support the players’ development.
Before the Superleague game against Celtic Dragons, the Junior Jets held a tournament to give them the opportunity to play in front of a crowd in an Arena setting.
While, ahead of the Manchester Thunder game and watched by Jets Superleague coaches and players, the Youth Jets welcomed Team Northumbria Futures to Leeds for a match. They beat their North East opponents 66-34 in a game that showcased the exciting potential of young players from both sides.
Ahead of future Superleague games, Jets’ NPL side will be in action for warm ups jointly organised with Yorkshire Netball.
Yorkshire Jets Head Coach Anna Carter said:
“Jets has always been committed to finding, supporting and developing the next generation of this country’s leading netballers and our Athlete Development Programme is an important part of the performance pathway we are developing in Yorkshire alongside Yorkshire Netball.
“With the Programme, our NPL and Superleague sides, we are identifying the next generation of stars and, while it takes time to nurture these players, we are passionate about ensuring a strong future for netball in this country.”
Franchise Chair Mariana Pexton added:
“On court this Superleague season is proving challenging but off it we are developing talented players from across Yorkshire and giving them the best opportunity to be the England internationals of the future ensuring we can be the best netballing country in the world.
“By giving these players the chance to take part in tournaments and games on a Superleague court in front of a crowd, we are showcasing what Jets is all about and giving them the opportunity to show what they can do on a big stage. We are excited about the future and look forward to continuing to support England Netball’s efforts to be the best in the world.”