Netball 2018-06-19T10:58:02+00:00

History and Training

Netball was a successful and popular addition to the Club from October 2011. It is open to girls and boys from the age of 7 to 17 years old. Our priority is to provide training of the basic physical skills and an understanding of the playing rules relevant to the game. The training is split into age groups based on the players age as at the previous 31st August.

Under 8s & Under 9s

We want the children to enjoy netball we try and we try to make it fun while learning the basics.

– We use small balls

– Hoops rather than posts

– Learn how to turn and pass the ball around the court

– Focus on movement skills – running, jumping and landing

Under 10s & Under 11s

We move onto focus on footwork, movement, and passing skills, such as dodging and defending.

– We use size 4 balls with the goal posts at 2.6m high

– Players rotate to ensure they are playing all seven positions

– We continue to teach the basic rules

Under 12s to Under 14s

The aim now is to develop these skills on specific positions of attack, defence and shooting.

– We now use full height posts of 3.05m with size 5 match balls

– Competitions follow the full rules of the game and players start to specialize in one or   two positions or in certain areas of the court.


2018/19 Season


The Coaches


Leoni – Head Coach


Aims for the 2016/17 season

Aims for this year;
To expand our age groups.
To have a representative team at the first Dubai Netball Sevens.
To have regular competitive play for all our age groups in the DNL
To build links with the UAE rugby clubs and offer netball fixtures along side the rugby.

2018/19 TRAINING TIMES: please note these may change.

U7/U8, U9  8am – 9am

U10,U12   9am – 10am

U14, U16   10am – 11am

New for DERFC this season – entering into the DNL league giving girls much more opportunity for competition

DNL on Tuesday nights 6-7pm at the Sevens. A Youth Development League, welcoming schools, individuals and clubs to play at U10, U12 and U14 level. This is a competitive league aiming to provide match experience for our young players.

2013 – 2014  season summary

Sept 2013 – April 2014 saw 108 girls from 6 – 16 joining the Exiles Netball Club.  Each Friday from October to April they were put through their paces, with skills and drills, finishing with match practice.  The confidence and ability difference from the beginning of term to the end is massive and all in a friendly mixed ability environment.  At Exiles we try and ensure the girls work all the positions on court and move them out of their school comfort zones, or just give them an opportunity to try something different with a different group of friends.
We also managed to fit in a couple of international friendlies with Cottesmore and Millfield and a wonderful tournament with Dubai Netball Academy in which over 200 girls played a great morning of netball.  This season we have more of the same and international friendlies planned with Bahrain and Segburgh School.
As the Exiles is run by members for members, we are really looking for help with x2 Manager positions to run the admin and if anyone wishes to help with the coaching, please feel free to contact Sophie Casben (

2012-13 season summary

The section continued to grow and we saw over 90 girls join us to play. We hosted 2 mini tournaments which was a huge success and more will be planned for next year.

2011-12 season summary

As this was our first season our aim was to encourage new players to come and try netball with the Exiles, either for the first time, or in addition to training at school.

The numbers steadily grew with over 65 children registering by the end of the season.

The aim for the future

To continue to grow and develop our netball section and to gain enough support / additional coaches to allow us to split the training groups further, so that we can     develop the players to their differing capabilities. If you are interested in volunteering to be an assistant Coach for the netball training on a voluntary basis, please contact for further information.

Also this year we are working with other regional academies to arrange mini tournaments and competitive games throughout the season.  We have entered a team into the Dubai rugby 7’s Netball competition as well as the Dubai Netball League.