Under 19s Netball Academy

The VU Under 19s Netball Academy (formerly under 17s) brings together state-of-the art sport facilities, sport science capability and extensive netball sporting networks and coaching experience.

The Academy was established in 2010 to address a shortage in sport development and competition opportunities for young female athletes in Melbourne's west.

It is based at VU’s four court Community Stadium at Whitten Oval.

Benefits of participating in the Academy

The Netball Academy is an important stepping stone for many girls as they work towards selection in a Victorian Netball League (VNL) team.

The Academy targets athletes in the 15 and under and 17 and under age brackets.

Participants benefit from:

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

In addition to this successful sport development program the University has a major partnership with the Melbourne Vixens.


Selection trials for the 2017 VU Netball Academy will be on 18 November 2016. To attend, you must submit the application form by Friday 11 November 2016 to Jessica Harrington (jessica.harrington@vu.edu.au).

Athletes currently in the VUNA Academy Program wanting to trial for the 2017 program do not need to attend this trial.

All athletes attending a trial must wear a white top and blue/black bottoms. It costs $2.00 to trial.

Dates: Friday 18 November 2016


  • 13 age group (born in 2004): 4.30pm registration, 5.00–6.30pm trial
  • 15 age group (born in 2002, 2003): 6.00pm registration, 6.30–8.00pm trial
  • 17 age group (born in 2000, 2001): 7.30pm registration, 8.00–9.30pm trial
  • 19 age group (born in 1998, 1999): 7.30pm registration, 8.00–9.30pm trial.

Location: VU Community Sports Stadium, Whitten Oval, 417 Barkly Street, Footscray

Western Netball program

From February 2015, the Community Stadium at Whitten Oval is home to Western Netball under a 5-year agreement with partner Netball Victoria.

Western Netball will include Tuesday night competitions for junior grades, as well as open grades for competitive, social and mixed teams, in addition to coaching and umpiring courses, and school holiday clinics.

Netball partnership

As leaders in sport, in addition to this successful sport development program, the University has a major partnership with the Melbourne Vixens.

Bianca Chatfield: Head coach

Bianca Chatfield coaching.

The Academy is delighted to welcome Bianca Chatfield, 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.

Elite athletes & sport scholarships

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

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:

Browse some of our sport and exercise courses.

Contact us

Contact: Jessica Harrington, Community Engagement Coordinator, VU Sport for more information.

Email: jessica.harrington@vu.edu.au