Performance Development 3

East Essex PDP Play Day

On Sunday November 26th East Essex hosted an U13 PDP Play Day where they took part in a round robin tournament with teams from Herts, Essex Thurrock and Norfolk. Herts took the top spot with one of the Essex teams only losing runner up spot by goal difference. Thanks to the coaches Sam and Rachael, our lovely umpires and scorers and table officials Michele and Chelsea.

In the afternoon East Essex hosted Cambridgeshire U13 PDP to play the East Essex PDP 7’s. Three teams of Essex played one from Cambs again in a round robin format with all participants thoroughly enjoying the experience. Thanks to our young umpires Lola and Sophie.

England Netball Player Pathway

Player Development Programme

Purpose of the programme: Learn, Love, Win

Learn the game: We will help the athletes extend their knowledge of the game and develop strategies on how to effectively outwit opponents. We will create an environment of uninhibited curiosity, one that encourages autonomous and independent thinkers who can lead themselves and champion the improvement of others. Our coaching is focused on achieving Technical Excellence, Tactical Superiority, Psychological Edge and achieving our Physical Potential.

Love the journey: We want all athletes to receive a positive experience of the game of netball no matter where they are on the pathway, fostering a life-long love of the game. The athletes should enjoy what they do, and feel encouraged, supported, and motivated. We will prioritise the unique individuality of each athlete, embracing challenges and new experiences together as we help them develop a limitless belief in themselves. We have a desire to go beyond what’s possible.

Win deep: We plan, prepare, and play to win but it is not our only purpose. Winning deep is the sum of Learning the game and loving the journey. There is a richness in Winning deep because of the challenge, chaos and commitment that play a part in it. We have a deeper connection to winning and going beyond what’s possible because we are driven by our purpose to inspire our communities and the nation.

Outcome of the programme:

ALL player pathway programmes will provide appropriate on and off court support for all to achieve the development standards necessary for next stage of the player pathway, that is outlined in the Roses Development Framework on the England Netball website.

Under 13 – This is the first entrance into the player pathway and the focus is on individual development. The emphasis is on athletes learning how to train with decision making being a pivotal element, alongside developing resilience and skills required to play netball. Learning the game as well as loving the game with a sense of working together is essential to enhance their experiences at this early stage.

Under 15 – The emphasis remains on understanding learning how to train and compete with competition being used to consolidate game understanding, refining skills, and see improvements in decision making.

East Essex County Player Development Programmes

The East Essex Player Pathway Programmes operates over 2 age groups in Under-13 serving athletes under 12 and 13 and Under-15 serving athletes under 14 and 15, although the age range is flexible to cater for individual needs and maturation.

An athlete may spend between 6 months to 2 years at either stage with the eligible age of athletes at Under-U13/15 is, as of 23:59 on 31st August 2023

East Essex is delivering one U15 and two U13 Player Development Programmes for 2023/24.

There will be a minimum of 20 athletes invited per PDP, and at the discretion of the selectors and coaches, more athletes may be invited after the trials or during the season. There may be a reserve list held and athletes on that list could be invited if any of the invited athletes no longer wish to attend, has a long-term injury or have been deselected.

Under-15 County Player Development Programme

Venue: St Martins School, Hanging Hill Lane, Hutton, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 2HG

Training Day: Thursday – Time: 7pm to 9.30pm

All Sessions are from 7pm – 9.30pmTime and Venue
21st, 28th SeptemberSt Martins School, Brentwood
12th, 19th 26th OctoberSt Martins School, Brentwood
9th, 11th, 23rd 30th NovemberSt Martins School, Brentwood
7th, 14th DecemberSt Martins School, Brentwood
4th, 11th, 25th JanuarySt Martins School, Brentwood
1st, 8th, 15th 29th FebruarySt Martins School, Brentwood
7th, 14th, 28th MarchSt Martins School, Brentwood
4th, 11th April – Reserve dates if any sessions cancelled due to weather or school closureSt Martins School, Brentwood

Plus, two Match Days dates TBA*

Under-13 County Player Development Programme

Venue: University of Essex Sports Centre, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex

Training Day: Sunday Time: County PDP 8 (Year 8) – 12noon to 2.30pm,

County PDP 7 (Year 7) – 2.30pm to 5pm

DatesTime and Venue
17th SeptemberYear 8’s – 12 -2.30pm – Essex University Year 7’s 2.30pm – 5pm – Essex University
15th, 22nd OctoberYear 8 – 12-2.30pm – Essex University Year 7’s – 2.30pm – 5pm – Essex University
29th October – PLEASE NOTE EARLIER TIMESYear 8 – 10 – 12.30pm – Essex University Year 7’s – 12.30pm – 3pm – Essex University
5th, 12th ,19th, 26th NovemberYear 8 – 12-2.30pm – Essex University Year 7’s – 2.30pm – 5pm – Essex University
10th, 17th DecemberYear 8 – 12-2.30pm – Essex University Year 7’s – 2.30pm – 5pm – Essex University
7th, 14th 21st JanuaryYear 8 – 12-2.30pm – Essex University Year 7’s – 2.30pm – 5pm – Essex University
4th FebruaryYear 8 – 12-2.30pm – Essex University Year 7’s – 2.30pm – 5pm – Essex University
11th FebruaryJoint Session for both Year 7 and 8 – 3pm – 5.30pm
25th FebruaryYear 8 – 12-2.30pm – Essex University Year 7’s – 2.30pm – 5pm – Essex University
10th MarchYear 8 – 12-2.30pm – Essex University Year 7’s – 2.30pm – 5pm – Essex University
17th MarchYear 8’s 9am – Gilberd School Year 7’s 10.30 am Gilberd School
24th MarchYear 8 – 12-2.30pm – Essex University Year 7’s – 2.30pm – 5pm – Essex University
7th, 14th, 21st AprilYear 8 – 12-2.30pm – Essex University Year 7’s – 2.30pm – 5pm – Essex University

Plus, two Match Days dates TBA*

Training Sessions will include:

  • Roles and responsibilities of positions
  • Mental Toughness
  • Nutrition and Hydration
  • Fitness, Body Control, Agility and Fitness testing
  • Netball Technical skills and positional and unit skills
  • Decision making, communication, vision
  • Game sense

Home Training (outside of County training sessions)

We will give advice and training to all the athletes on home training including:

  • Activation exercises
  • Ball and Wall exercises
  • Landing Skills
  • Sprint exercises
  • Shooting exercises
  • Strength and Conditioning programmes
  • Completing training diaries and food diaries.

We expect all athletes to participate in home training as part of their overall training programme.


All athletes should be regularly taking part in relevant competition including club leagues within county, where possible U14/16 Regional Leagues, tournaments and inter-school competition.

For Under-15’s there is the opportunity to be part of the NSL Team’s Under-15 Academy 2024.

VNSL Teams are responsible for providing opportunities through Academies for the best Under 15 athletes and up, these athletes could be part of the NSL competition squad.

N.B: VNSL teams (our team is Saracen Mavericks) will be undertaking an additional selection process for 2024 in January and June for the competition in August 2024, but these athletes will already be nominated by the CNAs or currently be part of the NSL academy already.

Athlete Progression

Athlete Progression for Under-13’s is the County Under-15 Player Development Programme.

There is no automatic entry to the next stage of the player pathway. Athletes must be nominated by the County Under-13 Player Development Programme Head Coach to trial along with others nominated by clubs. This applies even if an athlete has already had a year in the Player Development programme.

If the athlete has reached their potential in a County Under-13 Player Development programme it is recommended that they continue their training at club level.

Athlete Progression for Under-15’s is the VNSL Team’s Under-15 Academy and VNSL Team’s Under-17 Academy. There is no automatic entry to the next stage of the player pathway. Players must be nominated by the County U15 Player Development Programme Coach or by the County Player Development Lead to trial along with others nominated by clubs and schools.

If the athlete has reached their potential at County Under-15 Player Development programme it is recommended that they continue their training at club level. PDP coaches will advise athletes for the 23/24 process

Cost per Athlete for 2023/24 for all sessions: £325

If any parents need support towards these cost’s please contact the County Player Development Manager for details of funding that may be provided by East Essex subject to meeting the required criteria.

East Essex County Player Development Team:

County Player Development Manager: Michele Quaife MBE – [email protected]

County Player Development Lead: Linda Gaine

U15 PDP Head Coach: Chelsea Quaife

U15 PDP Assistant Coach: Martin Quaife

U13 PDP 8 Head Coach: Linda Gaine

U13 PDP 8 Assistant Coach: Rachael Meadows

U13 PDP 7 Head Coach: Linda Gaine

U13 PDP 7 Assistant Coach: Sam Harwood

Sessions are led by England Netball qualified coaches with appropriate experience of working with talented athletes. If any Level 1 (working to Level 2) or Level 2 netball club coaches are interested in being part of the PDP coaching team please contact Michele Quaife in the first instance.


PDP 7 23/24 – ATHLETESPDP 8 23/24 – ATHLETESU15 23/24 – ATHLETES
Sophie Beckerleg
Francesca Bennett
Darcy Boorman
Elsie-Rae Burrell
Audrey Butler
Darcie Cross
Layla Dean
Evelyn Grainge
Willow Hall
Evie Hays
Lily Heapy
Florrie Kemp
Caitlin Lewis
Camilla MacLachlan
Elizabeth Marrington
Annie Mason
Mia O’Sullivan
Sadie Owen
Mia Round
Jemima Rutland
Elsie Shepherd
Emily Thompson
Eliza Wood
Amelia Wright
Vivian Yorston
Maya Barber
Laila Brown
Amber Cantor
Sienna Connor
Beau Cook
Elspeth Cook
Lacey Fleetwood
Olivia George
Alexa Goosen
Evie Hammond
Lana Hatfull
Charlie Lee-Smith
Ava Leedham
Peyton Moore
Clara Prendeville
Freya Rantell
Poppy Rykens
Sofia Skarmoutsou
Isabelle Snaith
Isla Staines
Maisie Turner
Amber Turner
Matilda Warren
Sienna Wright
Violet Burell
Rosie Candler
Georgia Clarke
Lily Cockram
Annabel Connett
Amy Copping
Emily Davis
Scarlett Evans
Lily Farrell
Ayla Laguda
Maya Lampard
Ella Langston
Abigail Loveys
Isabel Mansfield
Alex Mason
Nicole Maynard
Olivia McDonnell
Lilly Murray
Jasmine Norsworthy
Sophia Richbell
Elsie Shepherd
Alice Sweeting
Poppy Threadgold
Ruby Toll
Alex Bennion
Freya MacAllen Farrah Rashid  

Screening for U13/U15 athletes for East Essex Player Development Programmes 2023/24

The screening process for 2023 /24 has taken place and athletes selected, however we still have a year-round screening and selection process in line with the England Netball Screening and Selection Policy. If, during the season, an England Netball member netball club, identifies an exceptional athlete, not previously observed by county selectors, as having the ‘potential’ to achieve the skills outlined in the Athlete Nominator Guidance Document below, they may nominate the athlete and the county will organise a scout to observe them, preferably during a league match and they may be invited to a PDP if they meet the criteria and there is space.

Screening for U13/U15 athletes for East Essex Player Development Programmes 2024/25


For the 24/25 season we have put the following dates in the diary for the U13/15 screening process.

Preliminary Trials:

Saturday 6th July 2024 for the U13 PDP’s (School Years 7/8)

Sunday 7th July 2024 for the U15 PDP’s (School Years 9/10)

Final Trials:

Sunday 31st August 2024 U13 and U15

Venue: Either Chelmsford or Colchester

Nomination Criteria Information for 24/25:

More detailed nomination criteria will be added to the website from April/May 2024 onwards along with the relevant nomination forms, application forms, a nominator guidance document and the East Essex Athlete Performance Identification Policy for 24/25.

The following is a brief synopsis of the nomination process

  • Nomination is only through Netball Clubs who are members of England Netball and registered on the ‘Engage’ system. The athletes must also be members of England Netball, this includes clubs outside of East Essex CNA, although, if selected athletes will need to join East Essex as their Primary County.
  • To be invited to screening, the Clubs will be asked to nominate athletes, (number of athletes will be advised in the full nomination process) and the athletes will need to complete the application and all forms will need to be returned by the closing date stated on the forms.
  • Athletes currently in the county system will be automatically invited to the screening, if still eligible and with the Head Coaches approval, so clubs will not need to renominate them.
  • Athletes will be advised of the time and venue for the preliminary trials, will attend these and then be notified within two weeks if invited to the next stage. If invited, again athletes will be advised of the time and venue, will attend these and will be notified if successful within one week.

Other Screening Opportunities and information

It is important to note that many of the VNSL Teams (Saracen Mavericks is our designated franchise) will have trials leading to training opportunities available for U13 and U15 athletes.

For the 23/24 season these have already taken place, with the exception of the U15 Academy, but for next year these are likely to take place from July 2024.

These may not be EN endorsed player pathway programmes and may exclude athletes from being eligible for the U15 VNSL Academy pathway (trials for this will take place in January 2024, counties will nominate U15 athletes). It is important to check if these are endorsed EN player pathway programmes, especially if you are Year 9/10 from September 2024.

The other VNSL EN endorsed player pathway programme trials for the remaining VNSL Teams Player Development Programme and VNSL Teams U17, U19 and U21 Academy have taken place for 2023. There will be opportunities in 2024. To find out this information follow Saracens Mavericks on social media.

Netball Athlete Performance Identification Policy 23/24