What does this decision mean for my daughter who is passionate about netball and part of the current Yorkshire Jets and/or England Netball pathway?
The England Netball (EN) rebidding process included plans for Superleague franchises to take a greater role in player development and for this to transition from the counties/regions to the franchises. EN have now confirmed that where there is no franchise, the relevant Region will be responsible for the pathway. This means that Yorkshire Netball will be responsible for player development and they don’t need Jets to play a role.
EN have assured us that Yorkshire athletes will not be disadvantaged (for example in relation to the EN Academy), although that assurance doesn’t take into account the practicalities of not having a Superleague squad in the area and all that brings, eg matches to watch, role models, coaching capacity and expertise and training opportunities.
What happens to Yorkshire Jets NPL?
We understand that NPL will continue in a similar format, along with other age group competitions as soon as England Netball establishes these. The name will change from Yorkshire Jets NPL to Yorkshire NPL. We expect that more information about trials, etc, will be available in due course, but communication will come from Yorkshire Netball so please check out their website at www.netballyorkshire.co.uk
What happens to Yorkshire Jets Athlete Development Programmes, Camps and Workshops?
Our existing ADP programmes planned for the Summer will continue to operate through to the end of August/beginning of September, as published, with YJ coaching staff delivering the sessions. We won’t be running any Jets Winter ADP programmes. Anna Carter camps and workshops will continue and are bookable through www.elite-netball.co.uk
Where will my nearest Superleague matches be?
Please see the England Netball website for details of the successful franchises and for other information about the process and outcome.
Where else can I watch quality netball to help inspire young athletes in Yorkshire?
We have one Premier League side in the region (Leeds Athletic), as well as a number of Northern League sides in Yorkshire, who all compete at a high level and have games that are well worth watching. See the relevant club website for details.
Who can we contact at Yorkshire Netball for more information if we have a question about the pathway or player development?
Please contact Performance Chair for Yorkshire Netball, Jenny Skelton, Yorks.Humber@englandnetball.co.uk.