The Victoria University Junior Netball Academy is a sport development program for junior netballers (female and male) to train at an elite level.

The Academy was established in 2010 to increase sport development and competition opportunities for young athletes.

Participants gain access to state-of-the art sport facilities, extensive netball sporting networks and coaching experience.

Benefits of participating

The Netball Academy is an important pathway for many athletes as they work towards selection in a Victorian Netball League (VNL) team and other elite pathway programs.

The Academy targets athletes in the 13, 15, 17 and 19 (and under) age brackets.

Participants benefit from:

  • specialist monthly coaching sessions
  • strength and conditioning sessions
  • access to Victoria University Aquatic and Fitness Centres
  • allied health services and education in osteopathy, sport psychology, nutritional therapy and massage
  • Victoria University course information and pathways.

The academy has produced a number of athletes that have been selected for State and Australian representation in netball. Many participants have moved through the program into study at VU and then gain the experience of representing the University at inter-university competitions.

VU Netball Academy staff and coaches encourage athletes to play for their club or association team while also participating in VU Netball Academy on-court sessions.

Bianca Chatfield: head coach

Head coach, Bianca Chatfield, is a well-known netballer with a distinguished 13-year international career.

Bianca was selected to the Australian netball team in 2001 as an 18-year-old (one of the youngest players to represent her country). She has played on the Australian Diamonds team for Commonwealth Games silver in 2006 and gold in 2014.

She’s also played in more than 240 games for Melbourne Phoenix and Melbourne Vixens, captaining the Vixens club for several years.

Trials for 2022

Applications are now open for the 2022 VU Netball Academy with Bianca Chatfield.

Athletes must be available to attend all the trials for their age group to be eligible for selection.

Athletes must wear a white top and blue/black bottoms.

Dates & times

  • Friday 19 November 2021
  • Friday 26 November 2021

Under 13s

  • 4.30pm registration, 4.45pm - 6.00pm trial.

Under 15s 

  • 5.45pm registration, 6.00pm - 8.00pm trial.

Under 17s & 19s

  • 7.15pm registration, 7.30pm – 9.00pm trial.


VU Community Sports Stadium - Whitten Oval
417 Barkly Street, West Footscray


$5.00 per person.


Complete and submit the 2022 VU Netball Academy Application Form by Monday 15 November 2021.

Elite athletes

Our elite athlete support program assists outstanding VU athletes to balance study with the demands of elite level sport. 

Contact us

Jessica Harrington, Community Engagement Coordinator
Email: [email protected]