This is the first entrance into the Performance Pathway and the focus is on the individual development. This stage coincides with peak motor learning, therefore athletes are learning how to train and develop the skills of netball. They are also learning the basic technical/tactical skills, and ancillary capacities including:
- Warm up and cool down
- Hydration and nutrition
- Relaxation and focusing
Although the focus is on the training and skill development, competition should be used to test and refine skills. The training to competition ratio is 75% to 25%. Athletes should be competing in appropriate club (county and regional leagues) and school competition. There are two Satellite Academies in every county in the south west.
The recommended age group for Satellite Academies is U14, however age range is flexible to cater for individual needs and maturation.