Want to take the next step in your Netball career?

The IAS Netball Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented Netball players by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October and concluding in September at Academy Challenge. However, there is a heavier focus on the program from September through to Academy Games in April. The aim of the program is to provide additional skill development on top of club, representative or school-based training.

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Nominations close 2 October 2020

Trial details and eligibility below

The program will provide coaching, training and competition to improve athlete development with a view to:

  • Develop the fundamental skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities for selection into NSW State squads and teams
  • Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to any NSW State Team is ‘seamless’ in terms of programs or pathways
  • Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events in netball competitions nationwide
  • Provide an introduction and progression into sport specific strength and conditioning
  • Provide education around athletic development as well as personal development in topics such as Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Media Skills / Public Speaking, Youth Leadership, Drugs in Sport
  • The program will conduct fortnightly skills-based sessions and weekly strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected.

2019/20 Staff

Ashlee Scofield, Head Coach

Jessica Davis, Assistant Coach

Michelle Hendrie, Assistant Coach

Shaye Wilkinson, Assistant Coach

Karen Clark, Manager

2019/20 Squad

Daniella Avtarovski 

Lauren Bancroft 

Chelsea Blanch 

Olivia Bow 

Ayla Clark 

Larissa Clarke 

Taryn Drewe 

Ella Dyball 

Gabby Eaton 

Darci Edwards 

Taylah Flack 

Jemima Graham-Wansey 

Imogen Harrison 

Kyah Humphrey 

Chelsea Jones 

Emma Keane 

Emilia Krstevski 

Bella Lachlan 

Emma Lowe 

Emily Manning 

Georgia McAlister 

Claudia McGoldrick 

Halle McKnight 

Molly Mills 

Elanore Rapley 

Liana Taufa’ao 

Zahli TERRY 

Isabella Wood 

Sienna Yeo 


Madelyn Black 

Hannah Deacon 

Gabrielle Deen 

Mia Lock 

Ainsley Sackett 

Heidi Walton 

Scholarship Components


Skill Development


Strength & Conditioning

Media Skills

Education Sessions


2020/21 Scholarship

Athlete Eligibility

To be eligible for an IAS Netball Scholarship, athletes must:

  • Reside within the Illawarra Region, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee
  • Be a registered member with Netball NSW through a recognised Association within the Illawarra region
  • Be available for selection in an association based within the IAS local government area. i.e. make yourself available for association trials and representative programs
  • To be eligible for the 2020/21 scholarship athletes must be turning 14, 15 or 16 years of age in 2021.

Athletes identifying as Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander are eligible to participate in the MCR Indigenous Sports Program (ISP). The ISP provides an opportunity for the IAS to provide mentorship and a dedicated level of focus upon the outcomes and support for Indigenous athletes.

Indigenous Sports Program


2020/21 Netball

Selection Criteria

Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;

  • Demonstrate potential to compete at Netball NSW U17 Phase Two selection Trials within 12 months
  • Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in Netball
  • Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction
  • Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance
  • The ability or potential to work as part of a team to achieve excellence

NB: Subjectivity is an unavoidable element of selection to the IAS Netball Squad.


2020/21 Scholarship

Trial Details

Trial 1: Friday 23 October, 5.30pm-8pm at UOW

Trial 2: Sunday 25 October, 8.30am-2pm at UOW


2020/21 Scholarship


The IAS is the only regional Academy to not charge an athlete levy to athletes successful in obtaining a scholarship. However, athletes may be required to contribute to some additional components of the program such as camps and tours.

Athletes will also be required to purchase the IAS Netball squad uniform.

Proudly supported by

Netball NSW
Illawarra Netball
Kiama Netball
Shoalhaven Netball
Southern Highlands Netball
Ulladulla Netball