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
  • 2 x 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 5 x S&C sessions per week including weights, recovery, conditioning, speed and agility
  • Weekly video and team analysis sessions including access to the Performance Analysis Suite and HUDL.
  • 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.