Heather has played Netball since she can remember and started playing for Ryland Netball Club, who currently play in Premier League 2, under the guidance of Head Coach Sheila Perks MBE. Heather also played for Bournville Netball Club, Worcestershire and Birmingham County Netball Associations and Northumbria University. Heather played for Ryland Netball Club until she made her move to Scotland in 2012. She credits her time with Ryland Netball Club as her reason why she wanted to work in sport and coach the sport she loves, such was the impact of her coach, Sheila Perks and the Ryland Family.
Having made the move to St Andrews, Heather started coaching Saints Netball in January 2012. In November 2016 Heather was appointed as the University’s first ever Director of Netball and now manages the holistic development of this exciting club.
Heather started coaching whilst at university and gained her first coaching qualification back in 1999. She gained experience coaching the junior section at Bournville Netball Club, Birmingham Academy and satellite centres before returning back to University Netball at St Andrews. Heather is currently finalising the requirements for UKCC Level 3.
Professionally Heather has worked in Sport Development for over 17 years in a number of guises for a number of organisations including England Netball, sports coach UK, The Football Association and more recently at the Professional Golfers Association before taking up the role as Director of Netball at the University of St Andrews. Heathers passionate about coaching, coach education and development and believes firmly in the quality coaching agenda. Heather also tutored and assessed for England Netball and now Netball Scotland. She has held management positions with the Regional Management Board for Netball in the West Midlands and the Coach Education Advisory Group for Netball Scotland. Heather is the Scottish Representative on the BUCS Sport Advisory Group for Netball.
Heathers coaching philosophy mirrors the clubs vision of constant improvement. Always seeking ways to be a better coach and to make your next session, season, programme better than the last. Heather has enjoyed seeing the club grow and excel both on and off the court, and cant wait to see Saints Netball develop further in years to come.
Jen started coaching at a young age whilst still playing netball. She was a Saints Netballer from 2010-2013 whilst studying at the University of St Andrews and has been coaching for the club ever since.
Jen is a UKCC Level 2 coach and is a massive asset to the club with her knowledge and experience of the game coupled with her understanding of what Saints Netball is all about.
Claire Tracey has worked in the industry for a number of years, having completed her Masters in Strength and Conditioning in 2013. Her research project “Effect of ischemic preconditioning on repeated sprint ability in team sport athletes” was published in 2014.
Having completed her UKSCA Accreditation in 2013, Claire now makes sure she stays on top of the current research and training methods to enable a continued development in her coaching and practice. Throughout her professional career she has worked for several years as a Personal Trainer in the fitness industry and coached her own athletes including Great British National Fencing Athletes, Junior National Tennis players and many club level teams including Spartan’s Woman’s FC.
Claire has had the chance to work next to and learn from some of the best coaches and athletes in the industry at Glasgow Warriors, Sportscotland Institute of Sport and Hamilton Academical FC, something she is very proud of. Recently working for Origin Fitness as their Master Trainer and Education Coordinator, Claire created and delivered a range of courses across the UK covering topics such as Weight Lifting. Delivering education is now something she would like to continue doing for the Performance Team here at St Andrews.
Claire has also competed in a number of different sports at a University and District level, including swimming, netball, trampoline, martial arts, and made the Varsity Rowing team at Queens University in Canada. This has allowed her to understand the demands of high performance sport within the University environment as both an athlete, and now as a coach.
Priory is a Postgraduate Masters student at the University of St Andrews. Having completed her undergraduate studies at the University, Priory fell in love with not only the course, but with Saints Netball. Priory started as a member of the 3rd team and worked her way up to become a valued member of the 1st team squad.
During her time in St Andrews, Priory has fully immersed herself in life as a Saints Netballer. From joining the netball committee to running a very successful ‘Sports Stripped’ campaign. From achieving her C Award Umpiring Award to more recently becoming a Level 1 Coach. Priory is an important member of the Saints Netball Coaching Team, bringing some passion and flair to the role and never letting us forget what it means to be a Saints Netballer.