Approximately 16 players are selected annually for our performance squad. These athletes will be given access to the following netball specific programme alongside the Performance Programme services.
- Full pre-season training programme
- Two netball specific court sessions per week
- Wednesday BUCS matches in Western 1A
- Weekend Netball South West Regional League matches in partnership with Exeter Netball Club
- Specialist coaching including team and unit play
- Up to five Strength and Conditioning sessions per week including weights, recovery, conditioning, speed and agility
- Weekly video and team analysis sessions
- Individual player reviews
- Mentoring for our aspiring student-coaches
Coach and athlete profiles
Denise Ellis - Head of Netball
Denise has been Head Coach of England U17 and U19 netball age group squads and England National Academy Assistant coach, winning many Netball Europe competitions across a period of 15 years. A former Head Coach of the National Welsh Senior squad including through the 2007 World Championships most recently Denise was Assistant England U21 Coach and went to Botswana for the World Youth Cup where England won a Bronze medal.
Having been heavily involved with the Team Bath Netball Superleague franchise Denise currently coaches the Team Bath U21 National Performance League (NPL) squad and runs the Team Bath Apprentice Coach Scheme.
With previous experience in a University having set up a High Performance Programme for netball at College St Mark & St John and having run the High Performance Netball programme at the University of Bath, Denise is very much looking forward to working with University athletes again.
Salli Byrne - Performance Coach (Netball)
A former netball player at regional and English Universities level, Salli moved into coaching due to injury. Having worked with talented athletes in the England Netball performance pathway at Satellite, County and Regional academy level across Devon and Gloucestershire, Salli now leads on the University of Exeter Netball 1st team coaching and assists with the Exeter Netball Club Regional 1 squad.
Her previous experience of club coaching includes Lyndean Netball Club, Hucclecote Netball Club and Exeter Netball Club, where she has led teams to a number of club titles across several seasons including taking Exeter Netball Club U16’s to Regional Finals on 2 occasions. Outside of performance coaching, Salli is passionate about all levels of netball and established Exmouth Netball Club in 2014 where she is head coach and chairperson.
“This year has been one of my most successful in my sporting career so far, which wouldn’t have been possible without the support from the University scholarship programme. Gaining 6 senior caps for my Country as well as debuting for Bath Superleague were the main highlights”
“I received my first senior cap for Bath playing for super league in the Mike Greenwood tournament against three other franchises. I have to pay a substantial amount to be part of each of these teams and also have to cover the cost of kit and travel to training and matches. I would not be able to do this without the scholarship and therefore it allows me to perform at the highest level possible. Moreover, I have found the academic support provided through being a sports scholar immensely helpful.”