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You will experience between 8-10hrs per week of skills-based training from former elite netball players and professionals in the game.

Our highly experienced netball coach and staff share your passion for Sport and have been involved in the game at some of the highest achievable levels themselves - from players, to coaches and club managers. This places them in an unparalleled position to help students develop their skill, equip them with the right, positive attitude, and mind-set to overcome challenges and to teach them invaluable skills and qualities they can use throughout their lives. ​

Our advanced coaching programmes, both indoor and outdoor cover strength and conditioning, technical, tactical, physical, psychological, and social development, and individual performance analysis. ​

This is an unparalleled opportunity for students with a keen and active interest in netball or sport more broadly. Be it as a relative beginner or as a former academy player capable of playing at semi-professional and elite levels. 


Based across two sites, Magnus CoE Academy and the YMCA Newark & Sherwood, Community & Activity Village, students benefit from both indoor and outdoor play. ​The YMCA Community & Activity Village is a state-of-the-art, £16 million  pound sports development based in Newark boasting brand new facilities. Students train on the YMCA MUGA during the summer and at Magnus Academy during the winter.​

Designed to support your current club commitments and development as a player, our students play regular competitive matches, both home and away, as part of AoC Sport East Midlands Netball League. 

Training will focus on your personal performance and development, covering the following: 


Ball work and Footwork 

Passing and Catching

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Speed and reaction 

Strength and conditioning / injury prevention

Game sense / confidence building

Match fit nutritional advice 

Technical and tactical work

Positional work


Rehabilitation sessions including yoga and foam rolling

Competitive, league and non- league, match fixtures, home and away

Free match and training kit

Industry accredited awards - England Netball L1 coaching or umpiring 

L3 Award in emergency first Aid

High-profile, guest coaches and speakers from across the sports industry

Tailored enrichment trips and workshops

Primary school coaching sessions 

There are no fees to join the academy and we offer a travel bursary for students joining us from further afield. 



Our Head Netball Coach delivers an unparalleled coaching experience having played, managed, and coached at some of the highest levels in Netball. 

All YCDS coaches are enhanced DBS checked, safeguard trained and former elite athletes in their sport, with considerable youth coaching experience.


Connie Xavier

Head Netball Coach

Connie Xavier has represented Notts County Netball and East Midlands Netball at both U21 and senior level. She is Assistant Coach at Nottingham Trent University, Current Head Coach at Loughborough Lighting U15 Nottingham Hub and Former Head of Development Squad at Notts Academy Netball. She is also a former U15 Head Development Squad Coach and Lead Coach for Notts Sirens regional Netball Squad.


We host annual trials and open days for the Academy, which enable you to meet the team, see the facilities and enjoy a free coaching session. 

If you wish to attend one of those listed below, please contact us to express your interest and confirm your attendance. 



"We are so grateful to the YCDS Academy for their excellent support at Holy Trinity.  The YCDS students have conducted themselves in an impeccable manner and have supported after school football sessions professionally and enthusiastically.  They have been exceptional role models for our younger children and their support has enhanced the extra curricular provision we have been able to offer.'
Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Newark 


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