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 Sara Bayman and Pathway Head Coach Emily Perry 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 5 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.


A normal week includes;

  • 1:1 meetings with the Head Coach
  • Team training sessions
  • Individual skill sessions
  • Matches
  • Strength and Conditioning sessions
  • Team video analysis
  • Massage and physiotherapy
Sara Bayman

Sara Bayman

Director of Netball

Leading the Netball Programme is Director of Netball Sara Bayman.   Sara is a former England International and brings with her a wealth of top level playing experience. Boasting 84 caps with the England Roses, having competed in two World Cups and two Commonwealth Games.  

Sara spearheads a strong staff team including Pathway Head Coach Emily Perry who is currently developing the Lightning Netball Academy. Also applying her trade to the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) programme, Sara will undertake the responsibility of guiding the University teams to the Championships.  

Sara has been involved with age group level competition since a young age, having previously captained the England U21 side and works closely with Emily to enhance the development and progression of the youth members within the Lightning and University programmes.

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;

  • Jade Clarke, Graduated 2006. Current England International, 1st Senior International Cap 2003, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist 2018. Most capped England player of all time.
  • Olivia Murphy, Graduated 1998. Former England International, 1st Senior International Cap 1996.
  • Karen Atkinson, Graduated 2000. Former England International, 1st Senior International Cap 1997.
  • Jo Harten, Graduated 2011. Current England International, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist 2018, 1st Senior International Cap 2007.
  • Ama Agbeze, Graduated 2007. Current England International (Captain), 1st Senior International Cap 2001, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist 2018.
  • Sophia Candappa, Graduated 2013. Former England International, 1st Senior International Cap 2011.
  • Hannah Joseph, Graduated 2015. Current England International, 1st Senior International Cap 2016.
  • Vanessa Walker, Graduated 2016. Former Jamaican International,1st Senior International Cap 2008.
  • Ella Gibbons, Graduated 2017. Current Scotland International, 1st Senior International Cap 2016.
  • Rebecca James, Graduated 2013. Former Wales International, 1st Senior International Cap 2005.


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, Tara StClair.