Performance netball

Our performance programme is led by expert coaching staff who are constantly striving to improve both individual and team performance, underpinned by a wide range of skilled support services.

Loughborough University offers a unique environment to develop in sport whilst gaining a prestigious degree. Each year Loughborough University invests a million pounds in performance sport, and a million pounds in facilities. Thanks to this investment, Director of Netball Vic Burgess and Pathway Head Coach Josie Pointon are able to lead a professional programme of coaching and support for athletes competing in National leagues and higher. Our teams competing in national leagues include our Lightning Superleague team, Lightning U21s and U19s NPL teams and the BUCS 1st team.

The students club consists of 6 teams competing in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) League with the 1st team competing in the National Premier Division. As a first team squad member you will receive expert coaching, access to our world class facilities, heavily discounted Powerbase gym membership, strength and conditioning training, sports science and sports medicine support. Find out more about our support.

Notable alumni

Loughborough Students Netball is proud to boast a wealth of notable alumni, many of whom have gone on to represent their country at the Commonwealth games and World Cups. Below are some of the famous faces who have previously worn the purple dress


  • Olivia Murphy, Graduated 1998. Former England International.
  • Karen Atkinson, Graduated 2000. Former England International.
  • Jade Clarke, Graduated 2006. Current England International, 1st Senior International Cap 2003, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist 2018. Most capped England player of all time.
  • Ama Agbeze, Graduated 2007. Former England International (Captain), Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist 2018.
  • Jo Harten, Graduated 2011. Current England International, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist 2018.
  • Sophia Candappa, Graduated 2013. Former England International.
  • Rebecca James, Graduated 2013. Former Wales International.
  • Hannah Joseph, Graduated 2015. Current England International.
  • Vanessa Walker, Graduated 2016. Former Jamaican International.
  • Ella Gibbons, Graduated 2017. Former Scotland International.
  • Proscovia Peace, Graduated. Current Ugandan International. 
  • Vicki Oyesola, Graduated. Former England International.
  • Michelle Magee, Graduated. Current Northern Ireland International.
  • Mary Cholok, Current student. Current Ugandan International.
  • Emma Thacker, Current Student. Current England International.


For our most exceptional performance netball players, we offer sports scholarships to help with the costs of training and competition.

Prospective Students

Netball at Loughborough continues to grow and evolve and we are always looking for fresh new talented players to help the programme continue to move forwards.

If you are interested in getting involved in netball at Loughborough please email Programme Manager, Yvette Heywood.