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 Premier South competing at the highest University level
- Weekend England Netball Premier 3 or Netball South West Regional League 1 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.
Nicky Savill- Performance Coach (Netball)
Nicky currently coaches the University of Exeter Netball 2nd team who got promoted into Western 1A last season. A level 2 coach Nicky assists Denise with the University 1st and 2nd team netball programme in addition to her day job as University of Exeter High Performance Coordinator. Having come through the University of Exeter Performance Programme when she was a student Nicky continues to play her club netball for Exeter Netball Club who got promoted to Premier 3 of the England Netball League last season. Away from Exeter Nicky is the current team manager for Team Bath U17 NPL.
“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”
Wales U21 and Wales Seniors
Team Bath U21 NPL
“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.”
Team Bath U21 NPL
"Exeter University has been an essential part of my netball career. The belief, support and nurture I received whilst at Exeter from all staff and peers was a huge motivating factor to strive to be where I am today".
Celtic Dragons Netball Superleague
Prior to University Ellie represented Hertfordshire Mavericks (now Saracens Mavericks) through the National Performance League in a variety of age group squads. At Exeter Ellie represented the University of Exeter Netball 1st team in the BUCS Premier Division and Exeter Netball Club in Netball South west Regional 1 league and was vice captain in her final year. Whilst at University she was named in the Team Bath Superleague long squad and now plays Premier League 1 netball for New Campbell.
Prior to University AJ represented Surrey Storm through the National Performance League in a variety of age group squads. At Exeter AJ represented the University of Exeter Netball 1st team in the BUCS Premier Division and Exeter Netball Club in Netball South west Regional 1 league. Whilst at University she was named in the Team Bath Superleague long squad and played for Team Bath Toucans in the England Netball Premier league. AJ also represented England NETS in the U21 World Cup. She now plays for Hertfordshire Hornets who have been part of the England Netball Premier League.
Hannah has represented Team Bath at U19 and U21 NPL level and captained the U19 side in her final season in that age group. She was also selected for the British Colleges National Netball squad and has played for Exeter Netball Club throughout her junior netball career. This year Hannah joins the University of Exeter to study BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences and be part of the Netball Performance Programme.