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Face to Face Training

National Schools' Netball Coaching Conference

With Karen Atkinson MBE and Tracey Neville MBE

Dates & Venues

    After missing last year’s event, and with significant uncertainty surrounding what might be possible this year, we are delighted to be able to restore the Annual Conference in a real, face to face format.  We know how much coaches in schools value the opportunity to get together in the country’s largest gathering of like-minded netball people.

    It will be at least one more year until we can resume the previous tradition of bringing world leading coaches from southern hemisphere countries to present exclusive material.  However, until that becomes possible, there is an opportunity to focus on the work, views and strategies of the UK’s most experienced coaches.  We are therefore delighted that England Netball Hall of famer, Karen Atkinson MBE, will present much of this year’s programme.  She will, of course, be joined by her former team mate, Tracey Neville MBE, the Roses most successful coach ever.  This is a rare combination of international playing and coaching experience, from two of England Netball’s best known ever figures.  Both are fully involved in the current elite game in the Superleague.

    With the prospects for a post-pandemic Spring Term Netball season looking promising, prepare for the season by joining school coaches from around the country for a day of the most contemporary coach education available.


    Morning Session:  Karen Atkinson

    • Dominant defending
    • Developing every player’s defensive toolbox
    • On the body, off the body, open, closed

    Midday Breakout Sessions:   Tracey Neville

    • Getting Shooters doing more
    • Becoming more available for the ball
    • Taking on shots
    • Developing accountability

    Afternoon Session:  Karen Atkinson

    • Developing principles of play
    • Complementing set plays, not depending on them
    • Developing Netball players who are creative and adaptable

    1 place £189 2 places £319 4 places £499

    Conference runs 10am – 3.30pm. Prices include refreshments, lunch and resources. Excludes VAT.


    Karen Atkinson MBE

    Karen is currently Head Coach of Superleague team, Strathclyde Sirens, a new team founded by Netball Scotland.  She has previously coached Mavericks, Loughborough Lightning and England Fast5, as well as being a technical coach of the England team.  She is one of a very few players to win more than 100 caps for England, many as captain.  This included winning medals at two World Championships, three Commonwealth Games and the Fastnet Series.  She was inducted into the England Netball Hall of Fame in 2009, and was awarded MBE for services to the game.

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    Tracey Neville MBE

    In 2021 Tracey Neville MBE and Commonwealth Games winning netball coach with the England Roses, was appointed by current Super League Champions Manchester Thunder as Performance Operations Director. Tracey was Head Coach of the medal winning England team and at the 2019 World Cup. She had previously led them to an unprecedented Gold Medal at the previous year's Commonwealth Games and Bronze in the 2015 World Cup. She was awarded the MBE for services to Netball.

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