We were extremely disappointed to learn this week grassroots sport is affected by the second national lockdown announced by the Government, commencing November 5th.

Alongside other sporting organisations, including England Netball, it is important that we all follow the Government guidance at this time. Unfortunately, this means we must press pause on all our regular weekly classes at Elite Netball Academy as of tomorrow.

This will be a difficult time for all of us but at Elite Netball Academy, the work does not stop. We will continue to support our High Performance Centre, Development Centre, and Junior Development athletes throughout this time, some of whom will see training switch to online delivery. Parents can expect updates shortly via email, with more information on our schedule for the next four weeks.

It is vital we all remain connected throughout this current period. Please stay close to WhatsApp groups, social media platforms and our web news feed for updates.

Stay safe.

Our NEW Elite Netball Academy league kicked off recently at Lightcliffe Academy, Halifax, with six very excited u12s teams competing in the first round of our friendly Autumn tournament.

Teams from Leeds Athletic Netball Club, Birkinshaw Bells and Netbombs played in the league’s inaugural three matches with Bells taking on the Leopards, Netbombs facing the Bears and Lions playing the Flamingos. It was great to see an excellent standard of netball on display throughout each game played, with lots of goals and plenty of skills on show too – clearly, the recent training happening at each of these clubs paying off on the court. 

The feedback received from players and parents after week one was extremely positive, everyone very happy to see netball matchplay back in their diaries. We were extremely pleased to welcome a further two teams by our second week – another from Birkinshaw Bells and one from Team Random – both also relishing the opportunity to play. 

The league’s brainchild, Elite coach Mark Boocock, had this to say on the event’s first round:“It was an incredible afternoon. It’s just so good seeing these players have something to work for again and apply the skills many are learning week in, week out at club or their Elite training sessions. It’s really important to keep this age group engaged, as it’s when many have just begun to develop that real passion for the sport. 

“Obviously, it’s difficult at the minute for some to facilitate this type of event but after our summer of camps and ongoing classes, we have the safety part down pat now and always use England Netball’s roadmap for guidance.”

Based on the league’s early success, ENA has since created two more for u14s and u16s where LANC, Birkinshaw Bells and Rothwell have two teams apiece in the u14s, and the same again in the u16s alongside East Riding Diamonds and Grangetown who make a total of eight.

Any clubs who are keen to enter a team into one of the age categories are invited to contact info@elitenetballacademy.co.uk for information.

NEW Elite-branded Athlete’s kit from Kukri Sports!

Available to order for a limited period until February 4, our BESPOKE vest and hoody, both featuring additional bespoke branding and available now for orders placed by midnight, February 4. Don’t miss out – ORDER NOW!*

Also, our full kit range includes leggings, shorts, jackets, and backpacks in Junior and Senior sizing, giving everyone an option for their own Elite-branded training wear. Available to order anytime.

Also available in the Senior sizing, our softshell and bench coats.

Visit the Kukri Sports Elite web shop today to see our full kit range and to place your order for Spring delivery.

Don’t miss out!

Any questions regarding our Elite athlete’s kit, please contact the team at Kukri on 01772 338899, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

*Please note the Bespoke kit is only available for a limited time and must be ordered separately to our regular kit and Essentials kit due to delivery restrictions. All deliveries of our Bespoke kit are received in our office and will be distributed at classes. All orders of our regular kit will be delivered to your delivery address.