The Western Sydney Academy of Sport’s Digital Realty Netball Program provides high performance training opportunities for talented young athletes in the western Sydney region. In partnership with Netball NSW (NNSW) the program provides opportunities for pre-elite netballers in the areas of technical skill, education and personal development, preparing athletes for the next level of elite sport representation.

The Academy Program follows the Netball Australia Develop a Diamond Academy (DADA) program which includes specific skill components, testing and reporting procedures. Together with competition opportunities, this assists athletes to further progress in the netball development pathway.

Duration: October – October

Venues: Genea Netball Centre – Sydney Olympic Park

The Program comprises of technical development, athlete education, sports science, fitness elements and personal development opportunities for Academy scholarship holders. The Program aims to prepare athletes for progression to higher levels of individual performance and achievement, specifically selection into U17 and U19 State squads and NSWIS/AIS squads.

Athletes will have the opportunity to compete at the Your Local Club Academy Games and other inter-Academy competitions.

To be eligible for the Digital Realty Netball Program, athletes must be:

  • Aged between 14 – 16 at the time of the program;
  • Committed to progressing to higher representation within the sport of netball;
  • A current financial member of a netball Club or Association within the western Sydney region;
  • Currently residing within the Local Government Areas of Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Parramatta, Penrith or The Hills.

An athlete levy of $400 is applicable to athletes, which assists in meeting the costs of the Program. This will be advised at the time of nominations.

In addition to regular scheduled training sessions, the following benefits will apply to athletes selected within the WSAS Digital Realty Netball Program:

  • Access to first class training facilities;
  • Individual, as well as squad high quality coaching endorsed by Netball NSW;
  • Insight into what it takes to become a professional athlete;
  • Athlete education program including seminars provided by specialists in nutrition, sports psychology, cyber safety, integrity in sport and injury management & prevention;
  • Access to online portals for ASADA, AIS My Basecamp and other relevant websites;
  • Opportunities to represent WSAS at various events;
  • Academy athlete uniform clothing;
  • Free access to Fit 4 All gym located in Penrith;
  • Ability to nominate for the annual Woolworths Athlete Scholarship;
  • Privileged pricing on 2XU compression clothing purchases;
  • A discount on services provided by Sydney West Sports Medicine.