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Whether you play professionally, recreationally or want to pick up a sport you once loved, The University of Central Lancashire delivers high quality netball training, aimed at players of all abilities.

Meet your performance coach

Emily Cowell is the netball head performance coach. Emily is a level 2 UKCC netball coach and has been coaching for 12 years across a variety of age groups and abilities.

Everyone who wants to play netball will be given the opportunity to in a setting that best meets their needs. Training in a setting where each individual player will be pushed to develop their netball ability both on court and off court at a rate suitable to them.

Emily has coached Athletes who now play for England and are part of the Performance Pathway Squads at various levels. 

Alongside coaching at the University of Central Lancashire, Emily is also the Manchester Thunder U15 Assistant Coach, AoC National Netball Assistant Coach, Lancashire County Netball Coach and Newman Netball Club Coach

Sports hall viewing area in Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre

Open to players of all abilities

Our netball program pushes individuals mentally and physically, helping them to improve their skills, knowledge and capabilities within the sport. Players will learn the theory behind netball and apply it to the court; continually learning, testing each other, pushing each other and helping each other grow and excel. Netball at UCLan provides players with an open and honest learning and training environment.

Togetherness is a core value when you are part of netball at UCLan; striving to be the best for each other and working together towards a common goal – improving and becoming the best we can be.


Monday: 5-7pm

Thursday: 8-10pm

BUCS match on Wednesdays. Subject to change.

Additional training support will be provided with dates/times identified by the coach.


Sports scholarships

UCLan is also a Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) institution, which means we are one of 37 delivery sites across the country that are recognised for their profile, experience and reputation associated with performance sport delivery. For more information  (the link on the website did not work)

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Where you'll train

All netball training and matches take place at the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre. Our multi-million pound, state-of-the-art, purpose built indoor facility is located at our Preston Campus. STFSC offers a range of activities from UCLan Students' Union sports clubs to instructor led classes and individual gym areas.

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Did you know?

Netball was founded in England in 1897 and in 1932 the first national competition was played. Netball is now the leading women’s sport in the UK in participation with Lancashire having the most England Netball Members this season 2020/21