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

Leila – Leoni (Head Coach) – Hayley

Aims for the 2018/19 season

  • To expand our age groups.
  • To have a representative team at the Dubai Netball Sevens.
  • To have regular competitive play for all our age groups
  • To build links with the UAE rugby clubs and offer netball fixtures alongside the rugby.

2018/19 Draft Training Times: TBC 31st Aug 2018

U7/U8, U9  8am – 9am

U10,U12   9am – 10am

U14, U16   10am – 11am

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 administrator@dubaiexiles.com 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.