Academy Trials

Here you can find all the latest information regarding upcoming trials for the Lightning Academy and how to sign up.

We are please to announce trial dates for the upcoming 2021-2022 season for our U19 and U21 Academy squads. Please select the programme you are interested in trialling for below to find out more.

U15 Loughborough Lightning Academy Hub Trials

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

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Trials for our U15 Loughborough Lightning Academy Hub programme for the 2021-2022 season will take place on 19th June 2021 at the Sir David Wallace Sports Centre, Loughborough University and will be conducted following the latest COVID-19 guidelines from England Netball and Loughborough University to ensure that our trialists, umpires, volunteers and selectors stay safe during the process. 

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 we are unable to confirm the complete list of locations of Lightning Academy Hubs for 2021/22 at this stage. It is our intention to ensure we continue to offer a wide geographic spread of Lightning Academy Hubs but this may not be in the same locations as last season. 

We will be using the address provided on your registration form to allocate successful athletes to the nearest hub. Please ensure that the address you provide is where you will be travelling to/from on Friday training nights. E.G. if you attend boarding school, please ensure you put the school address if you will be traveling back to school after training.

TRAINING:
Weekly training takes place on a Friday evening, between 6pm and 9pm from September 2021 to March 2022. All training will take place at one of our geographic hub locations.

There will be some centralised activity taking place during the season on campus at Loughborough University. Dates will be shared in advance but are COVID-19 dependant as we progress throughout the season. 


TRIALS:
Trials are open, therefore athletes DO NOT require a referral or nomination from a club or performance coach to attend.

Date: 19th June 2021 in an allocated 1 ½ hour timeslot between 9am and 5pm
Venue: Sir David Wallace Sports Centre, Loughborough University 
Cost: £15
Eligibility: Year 10 and under (School Year) for the 2021-2022 academic school year (1st September). 


PREPARING FOR TRIALS:
We suggest athletes undertake stability work, ball skills, speed and agility work in preparation for the intensity of trials. We also suggest players ensure they have completed a safe Return to Training withing their home netball environment.

 

OUR TRIALS PROCESS:

U15 and U17 Lightning Academy trials will comply strictly with England Netball's Government approved Roadmap. Athletes will be invited in for an allocated hour and a half timeslot in groups. Athletes will be warmed up by a Lightning Academy Coach, will be assessed over a series of skills, groups practices and in matchplay under modified Stage 4 netball all within the timeslot. Athletes are expected to understand and play under Stage 4 modified netball and will be umpired under these modified rules unless England Netball permit otherwise. 

Click HERE to access the latest information from England Netball and to find the link about the modified game. 

All parents/caregivers will be asked to complete an 'Opt In' and a ‘Health Declaration Form’ and athletes must bring each of these signed forms to the trial to hand in at registration to confirm that you understand the risks associated with netball activity and have completed the Personal Risk Assessment provided by England Netball. Copies of these two forms will be sent out with the confirmation of an athlete’s trial timeslot after trials registration has closed in the week from Monday 14th June to Friday 18th June.

 If for any reason you feel that you cannot 'Opt In' to participate in our trials process, please contact Alex Styan at A.M.Styan@lboro.ac.uk

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REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

 

U17 Loughborough Lightning Academy Hub Trials

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Lightning Academy NOP
Lightning Academy Risk Assessment

Trials for our U17 Loughborough Lightning Academy Hub programme for the 2021-2022 season will take place on 20th June 2021 at the Sir David Wallace Sports Centre, Loughborough University and will be conducted following the latest COVID-19 guidelines from England Netball and Loughborough University to ensure that our trialists, umpires, volunteers and selectors stay safe during the process. 

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 we are unable to confirm the complete list of locations of Lightning Academy Hubs for 2021/22 at this stage. It is our intention to ensure we continue to offer a wide geographic spread of Lightning Academy Hubs but this may not be in the same locations as last season. 

We will be using the address provided on your registration form to allocate successful athletes to the nearest hub. Please ensure that the address you provide is where you will be travelling to/from on Friday training nights. E.G. if you attend boarding school, please ensure you put the school address if you will be traveling back to school after training.


TRAINING:
Weekly training takes place on a Friday evening, between 6pm and 9pm from September 2021 to March 2022. All training will take place at one of our geographic hub locations.

There will be some centralised activity taking place during the season on campus at Loughborough University. Dates will be shared in advance but are COVID-19 dependant as we progress throughout the season. 


TRIALS:
Trials are open, therefore athletes DO NOT require a referral or nomination from a club or performance coach to attend.

Date: 20th June 2021 in an allocated 1 ½ hour timeslot between 9am and 5pm
Venue: Sir David Wallace Sports Centre, Loughborough University 
Cost: £15
Eligibility: Aged under 17 at 23:59 on 31st December 2021 (i.e. for the 2021/22 season players must have a date of birth from 2005 or later).


The U19 trials will be running in October 2021 for those under 19 at 23:59 on 31st December 2021 (i.e. for the 2021/22 season players must have a date of birth from 2003 or later). Registration for U19’s will be available from September 2021.

PREPARING FOR TRIALS:
We suggest athletes undertake stability work, ball skills, speed and agility work in preparation for the intensity of trials. We also suggest players ensure they have completed a safe Return to Training withing their home netball environment.

 

OUR TRIALS PROCESS:

U15 and U17 Lightning Academy trials will comply strictly with England Netball's Government approved Roadmap. Athletes will be invited in for an allocated hour and a half timeslot in groups. Athletes will be warmed up by a Lightning Academy Coach, will be assessed over a series of skills, groups practices and in matchplay under modified Stage 4 netball all within the timeslot. Athletes are expected to understand and play under Stage 4 modified netball and will be umpired under these modified rules unless England Netball permit otherwise. 

Click HERE to access the latest information from England Netball and to find the link about the modified game

All parents/caregivers will be asked to complete an 'Opt In' and a ‘Health Declaration Form’ and athletes must bring each of these signed forms to the trial to hand in at registration to confirm that you understand the risks associated with netball activity and have completed the Personal Risk Assessment provided by England Netball. Copies of these two forms will be sent out with the confirmation of an athlete’s trial timeslot after trials registration has closed in the week from Monday 14th June to Friday 18th June.

If for any reason you feel that you cannot 'Opt In' to participate in our trials process, please contact Alex Styan at A.M.Styan@lboro.ac.uk


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REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

 

NPL U19 Loughborough Lightning Academy Trials

Trials for our U19 Loughborough Lightning Academy NPL programme for the 2021-2022 season will take place in October and will be conducted following COVID-19 guidelines from England Netball and Loughborough University to ensure that our trialists, umpires, volunteers and selectors stay safe during the process. 

Trials are open, therefore athletes DO NOT require a referral or nomination from a club or performance coach to attend.

Date: 5th October 2021

Eligibility: Aged under 19 at 23:59 on 31st December 2021 (i.e. for the 2021/22 season players must have a date of birth from 2003 or later).


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN, PLEASE USE THE BELOW LINK TO BOOK YOUR PLACE. BOOKINGS WILL NOT BE CONFIRMED WITHOUT PAYMENT.

U19 NPL Academy Trials 5th October 2021 18:30 £15pp Book Now
U21 NPL Academy Trials 7th October 2021 18:00 £15pp Book Now

 

 

 

 

NPL U21 Loughborough Lightning Academy Trials

Trials for our U21 Loughborough Lightning Academy NPL programme for the 2021-2022 season will take place in October and will be conducted following COVID-19 guidelines from England Netball and Loughborough University to ensure that our trialists, umpires, volunteers and selectors stay safe during the process. 

Trials are open, therefore athletes DO NOT require a referral or nomination from a club or performance coach to attend.

Date: 7th October 2021

Eligibility: Aged under 21 at 23:59 on 31st December 2020 (i.e. for the 2021/22 season players must have a date of birth from 2001 or later).

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN, PLEASE USE THE BELOW LINK TO BOOK YOUR PLACE. BOOKINGS WILL NOT BE CONFIRMED WITHOUT PAYMENT.

U19 NPL Academy Trials 5th October 2021 18:30 £15pp Book Now
U21 NPL Academy Trials 7th October 2021 18:00 £15pp Book Now

 

 




Contact us

If you have any queries regarding trials, please contact the relevant staff member for assistance:

NPL U19 & U21 Trials
Victoria Burgess
E: V.Burgess@lboro.ac.uk

U15 & U17 Hub Trials
Alex Styan
E: A.M.Styan@lboro.ac.uk