16+ and Degree

With fantastic facilities and unparalleled access to leading experts, partners and coaches, there is no better place than Bishop Burton to play netball at an elite level.

The Bishop Burton Netball Academy programme combines training with teaching and offers students an exciting pathway into performance netball. Our excellent equipment, first-class coaching expertise and external support provide the optimum environment for raising your game.

Our campus has been endorsed as an Elite Netball Centre (formerly Yorkshire Jets Athlete Development Programme) providing state-of-the-art training and access to support coaching from Superleague players.

“I only started playing netball for fun, so to get to this level and be selected for Great Britain at my age is fantastic.

“When I came to visit and look around, I saw the facilities and met the coaches - that’s what made up my mind to come here.”

Leia Cole, Captain of the Bishop Burton Netball Team

Training and Competition

Our individually tailored netball programme enables players to combine their high performance training with study for an academic qualification. 

The weekly programme comprises up to 10 hours technical and tactical coaching and four hours fitness training with specialist strength and conditioning staff. There is also regular access to sports science.


The academy is run by highly experienced and qualified coaches, including Jo Richardson, the academy’s Head Coach. Jo has been coaching at elite level for over 10 years. As well as running the College’s team, she also runs Kingston Netball Club, which has members aged eight to 50+.

Jo works under the coaching team at Elite Netball with Services Director Anna Carter to offer students first-class training and development programmes.

The coaches involved in the academy have a great belief in development over short-term wins and appreciation of long-term player development. This belief in player development has proved to be successful as the squad now includes three GB Colleges players, four Yorkshire players and a Loughborough Lightning NPL player.

The team has been involved in netball in an educational environment for a number of years and understands the combination of academic and sporting pressures on players, allowing them to offer the support that players need. They have won the AOC League title and AOC National Final in 2016, and have been promoted to the College Superleague Premier Division.


Each member of the academy will receive a kit package, which includes an Errea tracksuit, jumper, training shirt and travel top.

On match days, the players will have playing kit and pre-match warm-up tops provided.

Entry Criteria

Prospective academy players must have applied to a course at Bishop Burton to be eligible for selection to an academy. Academic entry requirements are available in individual course guides.

Sporting selection is undertaken through a pre-season trial and applications to the Head of Netball. Academy players will normally have had regional, county or district honours, or have been playing at a good standard of junior netball.

The criteria is not exclusive and all applications are considered.

Academic Flexibility

A fundamental part of the academy is academic flexibility to help combine study with high performance sport. This includes being put in a specific academy academic group with a timetable that incorporates training and match commitments.

All athletes on the programme are monitored in relation to their academic performance in the classrooms as well as on the court. The programme prides itself on ensuring that all of our netball academy players achieve and excel

How to Apply

Players can study any course at Bishop Burton College. During the application process, prospective academy players have the opportunity to indicate their interest in joining the Bishop Burton Sports Academy. A member of the coaching team will be in contact once your application has been submitted.