Brunel is to take a central role in the future development of netball in England as one of only three Intensive Netball Training Centres (INTCs) in the country.
England Netball, the governing body of the sport in England, confirmed last week that Brunel had been selected as the INTC for the London area, joining Bath University as the Centre for the West of England and an independent Centre in Manchester serving the North.
The three INTCs will provide the key infrastructure and support necessary to achieve England Netball’s goal of becoming World Netball Champions by 2019.
“This is a great win for Brunel,” said Director of Sport Paul Dimmock. “It was a long and very demanding selection process, but our combination of excellent sporting facilities, outstanding reputation in sport sciences and unrivalled ability to support high performance athletes meant that we were clearly the best choice.”
“Netball is already one of the most popular sports in the country, and by focusing resources in these Centres, we hope to match and surpass the international success of our cyclists and athletes.”
Taillisa Haynes, Brunel’s netball head coach and a Super League Netball Player herself, said that she was looking forward to welcoming England’s world class netball payers to Brunel.
“We currently have six netball teams in the University, and the INTC will provide our performance netballers with their own opportunities to develop, whether by joining in some of the INTC sessions or simply by watching and learning from the very best,” she said. “I know that our players will be relishing the opportunity to pit themselves against the world’s best.”
The INTCs will provide programmes of regular, coached training with supervised strength and conditioning work, alongside on-site physiotherapy, performance lifestyle and medical services.
Brunel expects to welcome its first elite netball players during the summer, with the programme getting fully underway in the 2013/14 academic year.