University of St Andrews Netball Club

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By Saints Netball, Aug 18 2018 09:38PM

This Summer as part of the Wallace Group in Zambia, our president Leah Allcock has been working with children to promote sports in schools and communities. Leah says,

"Volunteering the last 6 weeks with the Volunteer Zambia project has been an eye opening experience. Although I have several years coaching experience the atmosphere and attitude towards netball in Zambia is totally different, in the best possible way. The children out here come to play in huge numbers (60 girls to a court) in their school uniforms and flip flops- or crocs- and play their hearts out in the dust and sun of the netball community hubs! Ask 50 UK children to do the same and I'm not sure how well they'd react. Whilst being out in Zambia I've been able to teach peer leaders new coaching methods and see the way it's had an immediate impact on the girls ability to understand and implement new skills. But I've also learned so much in my time at Mtendere about work ethic and positivity in the face of poverty and lack of opportunity. I'm sure I'll never have an experience to rival this project and the lessons I've learned (and hopefully those I've taught) will be imprinted in my memory for the rest of my life."


We are so proud of Leah and the whole team and the impact they are having upon the lives on many children cannot be downplayed. If you want to find out more about the project or how you can get involved then check out the Saints sport website


Here are some of Leah's pictures of her trip so far and I think the smiles on everyone's faces says it all!



By Saints Netball, Jun 8 2018 12:55PM

This Summer, our 2018/19 Club Captain Sally Sandison is spending the first half of her Summer in South Africa, coaching as part of the Saints Volunteer South Africa Programme.


"My name is Sally and I have been a member of Saints Netball club for the past two years. In October last year we were given a talk in one of our training sessions about a volunteer programme to Zambia or South Africa. I absolutely love coaching so I decided to apply. It wsa one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am one week into the trip and it has been so rewarding. It is so difficult to put into words how amazing this experience is. To witness the difference you are making to these children's lives is something which I will never forget and a feeling which cannot be replicated. Whilst in South Africa I am coaching netball at Rietenbosch Primary School every morning as well as at other schools and sports programmes in the afternoon. It is so rewarding to see the children's skills improving every day and give them something which they can really focus on. My love of coaching and my confidence is increasing every day. I love waking up in the morning knowing that I am going to have such a positive impact on the children's lives."


Sally was also invited to trin with the Stellenbosch University netball team, a fantastic experience for her!

If you are interested in doing a similiar programme there are so many ways to get involved through Saints Sport! You can speak to our outreach rep Flora Edmiston or contact the AU directly on their website. Stay tuned for more from Sally as she continues her adventure - we are so proud of you Sal! <3




By Saints Netball, Oct 24 2017 12:11PM

Three 'S's, three Saints - it was meant to be.


Each year, Scottish Student Sport hold a gruelling day of trials for a National Netball Squad made up of the best of the best. It's an intense process, but nothing our Saints girls couldn't handle (I mean, have you seen our training schedules? Now that's what I call intense...).


It was a nail-biting moment as the selectors read out this year's squad at the end of the day, but on the final call it was confirmed: Sally Sanderson, Caitlin Evans and Becca Hubbard all made it!


Sally, a returnee to the SSS National Squad, cannot wait to share this unique experience with her two fellow second years, stating "the experience you get from playing with so many talented girls under the expertise of coach Leighanne Carracher is invaluable."


Throughout the year our girls, along with the other fantastic players form Unis large and small, will take part in regular training sessions, as well as having the opportunity to play against an Irish Nationl Squad.


The club are so pround of the girls' achievements, and they stand testament to the quaity of players within Saints Netball which has increased by incredible amound in recent years. The hard work they have put in from pre-season onwards to gain this opportunity is representative of the ethos they have helped spearhead within a club that is dedicated to reaching its highest potential.


As the club continues in this season's BUCs campaign, Sally, Caitlin and Becca have all commented on their excitement in being able to bring their new experience home to Saints Netball, and spreading their enthusiasm across all five competitive squads.


Well done girls on such an outstanding accomplishment - we can't wait to see what this year brings for you!


Becca Hubbard, Caitlin Evans and Sally Sanderson
Becca Hubbard, Caitlin Evans and Sally Sanderson

By Saints Netball, Jun 28 2017 04:57PM


The University of St Andrews Netball Club is looking to recruit a Part-time Coach for the 2017/2018 season and beyond. The club has grown considerably in recent years and now boasts 5 competitive teams and an active social/development programme as well as other plans to develop our offering to students, staff and the community. We need another coach to work within our current coaching team, under the guidance of the Director of Netball, to help deliver our exciting, player centred netball programme.


- Download the Job Advert here.

- Download the Job Description here.


By Saints Netball, Jun 15 2017 03:00PM

The University of St Andrews Netball Club has had a fantastic season this year with many notable achievements and victories. Their first team accomplished second place in the 1A division of BUCS League and the Scottish Student Sport Netball Championships and also played their first ever Championship Cup Game and Varsity match. The club also won Saints Sport Club of the Year for 2016/2017 after winning Most Improved Club for 2015/2016. The ongoing positive development of the club can be seen through accomplishments such as these. However, a more recent achievement is the club being awarded the Silver Thistle Mark by Netball Scotland.


The Thistle Mark is a club accreditation scheme by Netball Scotland that gives recognition and approval towards a select number of Netball clubs across Scotland. This covers everything from playing environment to coaching programme to developing the workforce, all benchmarked against Netball Scotland’s quality standards. Saints Netball are the first University Netball Club to achieve the Silver Thistle Mark and the scheme only began 12 months ago so to have achieved this in such a short period of time is outstanding. It certainly demonstrates that Saints Netball are developing the right environment for players to reach their potential both on and off the court.





Heather Gaunt, the Director of Netball explains that ‘This really does round off a great year for Saints Netball having just won the Saints Sport Club of the Year. I couldn’t be prouder of all the players and I especially need to thank Harriet Bell, the outgoing Netball Club President, who has been instrumental in the club achieving so much this season. We also know what we now need to do to get the Gold Thistle Mark so that is now part of our wider club development plan.’


Harriet Bell adds ‘This season we aimed to build on our own successes, continuing to develop a brilliant netball programme which caters for everyone, right from our 1st team to our Social players. Achieving the Silver Thistle Mark from Netball Scotland is a brilliant recognition of this. I’m so excited to see Saints Netball grow even further in the years to come.’


Saints Sport would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Saints Netball on obtaining this prestigious award along with all that they have achieved this past season. We too, are excited to see what is in store for Saints Netball in the future. #EverToExcel


By Saints Netball, Jun 1 2017 03:00PM

Last weekend, Saints Netballer Caitlin Evans completed her first session as part of Netball Scotland’s Performance League.

In her first year of study at St Andrews, Caitlin joined the club at the beginning of this academic year and has been a key player for the 1st team, playing at GS and GA. Achieving a place on "Team Grainger" within this league gives her a brilliant opportunity to play with and against girls from leading Scottish clubs and from the National Scottish squads while being coached by Sharyn Lyon, Lead Coach of the Glasgow South Saltires.


Last weekend was Caitlin’s first training session and match which she described as “really intense and fast paced, but so much fun”. Looking forward to the next session, she described the techniques used in these sessions to help her and other players alike: "I think the feedback will be really useful in improving my play. During the match we received tips from our coach like we would normally get, but we are also receiving individual feedback and shooting stats from our coach via email which I think will be really useful”.

Heather Gaunt, University of St Andrews Director of Netball said of Caitlin’s selection; “this is an incredible achievement for Caitlin. Everyone at Saints Netball is incredibly proud of her for getting selected to represent Team Grainger. Caitlin is a key member of our 1st team squad and has settled in to life as a Saints Netballer with ease. Training and competing in the Performance League will give her some more things to think about as she looks to enhance her game so it’s a really exciting opportunity. Hopefully Caitlin is the first of many Saints Netballers selected to play in the Performance League”.

Launched in 2016, the Performance League is part of an initiative by Netball Scotland to become a top 8 INF country by 2019. It aims to link talented young players with experienced players and coaches. It therefore gives the opportunity for squad girls to perform at an extremely high level, with access to a coaching programme run by some of Scotland’s leading coaches.

After trials four teams were formed, named after Scottish sporting heroes such as Andy Murray, Chris Hoy, Katharine Grainger and Hannah Miley. Each team is supported by Coach and Management teams and mentored by Scotland’s Leading Coaches, Gail Parata and Lesley MacDonald. They will train and compete against each other throughout March and April, culminating in the league final on the 23rd April.

For more information about Saints Netball programme contact: netball@saints-netball.com

March 2017



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