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 & under age brackets.

Participants benefit from:

  • specialist monthly coaching sessions
  • strength and conditioning sessions
  • access to Victoria University Aquatic and fitness centers
  • 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 2019

Trials run in November for entry into the 2019 academy. 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 13’s - Friday 16 November

  • 4.30pm registration, 5pm–6.30pm trial.

Under 15’s - Friday 16 & 23 November

  • 6pm registration, 6.30pm–8pm trial.

Under 17’s & 19’s - Friday 16 & 23 November    

  • 7.30pm registration, 8pm–9.30pm trial.


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


$3.00 per person.


Registrations close Monday 12 November 2018.

Register for the 2019 trials

Please note: Athletes currently in the VUNA Program wanting to trial for 2019 do not need to attend the first trial but must submit their application by Monday 12 November.

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