Barfoot & Thompson Year 7 & 8 Player Development Programme (PDP)

Auckland Netball offers Year 7 and Year 8 Development Squads as part of the Netball NZ’s national initiative. The PDP is an accelerated learning programme providing players the chance to develop and extend their technical, tactical and development skills as well as inspiring a lifelong love of the game. The programme has been developed as an alternative to Representative Teams, encouraging a broader talent pool and will include tournament play as part of the programme.

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  • Physical skill and tactical development through diverse sporting approaches 
  • Athlete development 
  • Integrated Neuromuscular development/improving muscle control of a growing body and improving and progressing Netball movement skill 
  • Stage specific strength activities 


Players must be in School Year 7 or Year 8, must play in a school or club team at Auckland Netball (includes Auckland Netball, Windmill Park and Three Kings netball competitions), and must not be playing in a Representative Team at any Netball Centre. 

Cost: $180


Sunday 15th May - 9:30am-11:30am

Sunday 22nd May - 9:30am-11:30am

Sunday 29th May - 9:30am-11:30am

Sunday 12th June - 9:30am-11:30am (Festival Day)

*Note it is expected that you can make all of the above dates


  • Provide development opportunities for Year 7 & 8 players
  • Include tactical and technical development for all positions
  • Widen and improve the talent base at this level
  • Implement a National approach for the development of talented young players
  • Refocus on fundamental movement skills as athletes move through puberty


Location: Auckland Netball, 7 Allison Ferguson Drive, St Johns

Registration timeline:

  • Unless contacted prior about any issues with this registration, the completed registration will enable the player to take part in the programme (you will receive a confirmation email)
  • Late nominations will only be considered by request to

Contact: Josina Vader,


Players registering will be asked to identify which of the following apply to them, minimum of 5:

  • A good work ethic
  • Executes netball skills at a high/above average level 
  • A high level of responsibility and self-reliance
  • Works well in a team environment and supports others
  • Shows a high level of overall athletic ability 
  • Enjoys playing the game of netball 
  • Is an enthusiastic learner 
  • Has a high level of commitment and dedication


Registrations are now CLOSED

Registrations will close Monday 9th May, 5pm.

Late registrations can only be approved by the Development Programmes Office at