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 2021

Due to COVID-19 the dates listed below are tentative. Once applications close, we will be in touch to confirm what the next step of the process is.

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 skirt or shorts.


Under 13s - Friday 12 February 2021

  • 4.30pm registration, 4.45pm–6pm trial.

Under 15s - Friday 12 February 2021

  • 5.45pm registration, 6pm–8pm trial.

Under 17s & 19s - Friday 12 February 2021

  • 7.15pm registration, 7.30pm–9pm trial.


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


$5.00 per person.


Complete and submit the 2021 Victoria University Netball Academy Application by Monday 8 February 2021.

Elite athletes & sport scholarships

Our sport scholarships and elite athlete support program assist outstanding VU athletes to balance study with the demands of elite level sport. The scholarships also assist emerging student athletes in their aim to perform at the elite sporting level.

We have three sport scholarships available to current students:

Western Netball program

The Community Stadium at Whitten Oval has been home to Western Netball since 2015, under a 5-year agreement with partner Netball Victoria.

Western Netball includes:

  • Tuesday night competitions for junior grades
  • open grades for competitive, social and mixed teams
  • coaching and umpiring courses
  • school holiday clinics.

Contact us

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