The Lightning Academy

The Lightning Academy’s aim is to find and grow competitive players and coaches with the aspirations and ability to compete at an elite level.

Our Academy

Loughborough Lightning deliver the Performance Pathway in the East Midlands for England Netball. Athletes can join the Pathway in four different age categories from the Under-15 age group to Under-21s.

The Player Pathway

Below is our current performance pathway structure:

Eligibility Criteria


  • Under 15 players going into Year 9 or Year 10 in September 2022
  • Under-17 as of 23:59 on 31st December 2022
  • Development – Under-17 as of 23:59 on 31st December 2022 & Under-19 as of 23:59 on 31st December 2022
  • Under-19 as of 23:59 on 31st December 2022
  • Under-21 as of 23:59 on 31st December 2022

Under-15 selection process

The Under-15 selection process which leads to the Under-15 Acadamies National Finals 2023.


For further information about the England Netball Player Pathway visit -


Loughborough Lightning is committed to ensuring your child plays netball in a safe environment. As part of this commitment staff, coaches and volunteers coming into contact with our athletes will meet the following criteria:

  • Valid UKCC Level 2 (Head Coaches)
  • Valid UKCC Level 1 or 2 (Assistant Coaches)
  • Valid 1st Aid Certificate
  • Will have undergone a Disclosure and barring service (DBS) check with Loughborough University to ensure their suitability.

 If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact our Safeguarding Officer, Yvette Heywood

Read our safeguarding policy here.

Please note that the Lead Safeguarding Officer may refer the matter to the NGB England Netball, Local Authority Children’s Services Department, the Police, or Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) should the child need immediate attention. 

England Netball Safeguarding Information:

Safeguarding policies.

England Netball report a safeguarding concern

There is a section on the England Netball website dedicated to reporting safeguarding concerns.

Concerns can be raised by sending an email to or using and completing the concern report form found through the link above.

Any adult concerned about the welfare of a child or young person can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or email A dedicated O2/NSPCC online safety helpline is available on 0808 800 5002. Children can contact ChildLine for free on 0800 1111 or visit and speak to a counsellor about a worry or concern they may have 365-days-a-year.


Each season we host open trial opportunities for athletes to be selected into our Loughborough Lightning Pathway. All athletes, regardless of selection from previous seasons, must register and attend trials.

Selection is done in line with England Netball guidelines and our Loughborough Lightning Selection Policy which you can view here.


If you have any questions relating to the Lightning Academy, please get in touch with our Franchise Pathway Lead, Josie Pointon -


Complaints and Feedback

For more information on the our complaints and feedback policy, click here.