Our School
Newsroom
Sports
Academics
Student Development
Boarding
Admissions
Community
Menu
Home > Sports > Academy Programmes > Netball

Netball

OVERVIEW

Netball.png
The Netball Academy designs training programmes which focus on the development of sport intelligence and versatility in game play, to equip student-athletes with the required technical, physical and mental skills to succeed in their present and future endeavours in sport and beyond.

About half of our student-athletes who enter the Sports School have been inducted into the National Under 14 and U17 teams. Seventeen past and present student-athletes have been in the U21 Team. This is testament of the Netball Academy’s success in youth development, as a supply to the national youth age-group teams.

The Academy has a team of experienced coaches with past experience as competitive players at the elite level.  Sports School coaches Jocelyn Tan Shi Yun is appointed as National U19 coach and Geraldine Ng Jie Hui is appointed as North Zone U14 coach. 

The Netball Academy organises the annual International Youth Netball Challenge (IYNC), which sees participation of teams from netball powerhouse countries, such as Australia and South Africa, providing student-athletes with exposure to a higher levels of play. Information on the 2019 IYNC fixtures will be released in October 2019. 

Another signature programme by the Netball Academy is the Altitude Programme, customised for the optimal development of Primary 5 and 6 girls who are at least 1.60m in height.  Participants will learn basic ball handling skills and acquire techniques to help improve their agility, coordination and footwork.


Admissions
Interested applicants may find out more about admission into the Netball Academy at our Open House or at:

ACHIEVEMENTS

NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

The Netball Academy has produced 5 national representatives for Netball Singapore.

2018 Year of Graduation  Ayshath Zaseela

2017 Year of Graduation  Siti Nurshawallah Rashid

2014 Year of Graduation  Kimberly Lim Wei Yan 

2012 Year of Graduation  Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman, Suhailah Kariman

2011 Year of Graduation  Shelby Lian Koh (left SSP in 2010)

2008 Year of Graduation  Melody Teo

MAJOR GAMES REPRESENTATION

2015 – 28th Southeast Asian Games (Singapore):  Kimberly Lim Wei Yan  (Gold Medal – Women's Team), Shelby Lian Koh (Gold Medal – Women's Team)

2015 – Netball World Cup (Sydney, Australia):  Kimberly Lim Wei Yan, Shelby Lian Koh

2014 – Mission Foods Asian Netball Championships (Singapore):  Kimberly Lim Wei Yan  (Team Champion),  Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman  (Team Champion)

2012 – Nations Cup (Singapore):  Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Samad, Shelby Lian Koh, Suhailah Kariman

2013 – Nations Cup (Singapore):  Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman  (Team 2nd),  Shelby Lian Koh  (Team 2nd),  Suhailah Kariman  (Team 2nd)

2014 – Nations Cup (Singapore):  Kimberly Lim Wei Yan, Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman

2015 – Nations Cup (Singapore):  Kimberly Lim Wei Yan  (Team 3rd)

2013 – World Youth Netball Championships (Glasgow, Scotland):  Koh Hin Ann  (Co-Captain),  Shelby Lian Koh  (Co-Captain),  Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman, Nur Athirah Zulkiffle, Olivia Chen Yutong, Seah Yunzhen, Siti Nurshawallah Rashid

2013 – Asian Youth Netball Championships (Brunei):  Shelby Lian Koh  (Team 3rd),  Koh Hin Ann   (Team 3rd),  Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman (Team 3rd), Nur Athirah Zulkiffle  (Team 3rd),  Olivia Chen Yutong   (Team 3rd),  Siti Nurshawallah Rashid   (Team 3rd)

2015 – Asian Youth Netball Championships (Hongkong):  Avelyn Leong Kit Yan  (Team 3rd), 
Ayshath Zaseela  (Team 3rd),  Georgina Lee Si Ling  (Team 3rd),  Jeraldine Lee Sze Kee  (Team 3rd),  Nur Aqilah Afiqah Andin Agustino Saman  (Team 3rd),  Nur Athirah Zulkiffle  (Team 3rd),  Olivia Wu Su Han  (Team 3rd)
 

News

IYNC A Development Ground For Netballers
2018 International Youth Netball Challenge

Posted: 14 December 2018


From 24 to 30 November 2018, 12 teams from six countries gave their best shot for a fighting chance to be crowned 2018 International Youth Netball Challenge champions.

Singapore Sports School welcomed teams from Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore to its premises for the 10th edition of the tournament, which provides Under 15 netballers a platform for international exposure. The different styles of play that the international players bring also helps to raise the quality of netball amongst the youth.

Over the seven-day tournament, New Zealand’s Mount Albert Grammar School was victorious in all their matches from Round-Robins to the subsequent knockout matches to retain the Championship Trophy. They defeated Potch Gimnasium from Potchefstroom, Africa, 27 points to 20 in the Championship Match for their fifth win since the tournament’s inception in 2008.

Sports School was represented by two teams – Singapore Sports School Hunters and Rangers – that concluded in eighth and 10th place.

Student-athletes and alumnae of the Netball Academy contributed to make the IYNC a success. While some competed, others took on roles assisting as event organisers, scorekeepers, liaison officers to the foreign teams. International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Year 5 student-athlete Rishika Ghanamoorthy had a unique experience of providing live commentary to the final two matches which were streamed on 1 Play Sports’ Facebook page. Videos of the matches have garnered over 4,000 views online. Secondary 4’s Janell Tan Hui Ru, who was a Liaison Officer, and Rishika share their experiences.

***
“As a liaison officer, I was tasked to look after the needs and interests of Melville Senior High School from Perth, Australia, which included having to communicate frequently with the Organising Committee to ensure that players and officials are provided the best competition experience. This role entrusted a huge responsibility on me – and my fellow Liaison Officers – as we had to look after administrative matters such as transport arrangements, catering of meals and ensuring that they could recover sufficiently after each match. I was also a tour guide, showing them around popular tourist attractions. By the end of the tournament, I felt like I was part of their team. One week passed by really quickly and I was amazed at how quickly I was able to bond with the overseas players.”
– Janell Tan Hui Ru, Secondary 4, was a Liaison Officer at the 2018 International Youth Netball Challenge

***
“I had an invaluable opportunity to commentate the third-place match as well as the Championship Match of the 2018 International Youth Netball Challenge on 30 November live on Facebook. I was very excited to pick up this new skill. Not only could this help me improve my emceeing skill, it also tested my wit, quick-thinking and ability to improvise. This experience taught me to think on my feet and even helped improve my analysis of the sport. Having to read game plays and share them with the audience made me understand the match much better.

“Furthermore, it taught me the value of working with the crew behind the scenes and I’m glad I also made new friends through this. I was humbled by the experience as there was a lot of background work I had to do before the big event; and it was not an easy task. I not only had to obtain shooting statistics of the top four teams that I was providing commentary for for the entire duration of the competition, I also had to research and find out interesting and key information of the players and the teams.

“I am truly privileged to be given this experience to stretch myself. I had to overcome the initial apprehension that washed over me as it was my first time doing something of such nature unguided. However, I soon found my groove and my confidence grew.

“What I enjoyed most about this experience was the fact that I was able to contribute to the sport in a different way, to play a small role in growing the netball scene internationally. The focus wasn’t on me as a commentator, but with just my voice, I had the opportunity to add excitement to the sport on top of the interesting court-plays.”
– Rishika Ghanamoorthy, IBDP Year 5, was a commentator for the Facebook live streams of the Third-Place Playoff and First-Place Playoff matches at the 2018 International Youth Netball Challenge



International Experience Brings Development Opportunities
Overseas Training Camps

Posted: 14 December 2018

While most Singaporean children enjoy a holiday abroad during their year-end holidays, Singapore Sports School student-athletes also travel overseas, some to China, Japan, South Korea and Taipei; others to Thailand and even Australia and the United States – but all for a different reason. Student-athletes have opportunities to train and spar with their foreign counterparts to stretch themselves in their sport development.

Football
Sports School’s partnership with football academy Omiya Ardija provides a chance for selected student-athletes to train with age-group players from the Japanese club and experience a different style of football so as to raise the quality of their game. Omiya’s professional senior team plays in the J2.League. Each year, up to four Football Academy student-athletes have an opportunity to train with Omiya for a maximum of one month. From 2 to 12 December 2018, Amir Syafiz Abdul Rashid (Secondary 2), Iman Hakim Ibrahim, Muhammad Ryaan Sanizal (Secondary 4) and Ong Yu En (Secondary 3) made their way to Omiya for their Japan experience.

For 10 days, they trained with the Japanese players, refining their skills and technical ability. Their fitness was put to the test as they were pushed by the faster and fitter footballers from Omiya.


Ice Skating
Ice skaters Pagiel Sng Yie Ken and Trevor Tan Xuxuan departed on 30 October 2018 bound for the United States and South Korea respectively, to up their game on the ice. Pagiel, a Secondary 2 figure skater, honed his skills under the guidance of coach Robi Chambers in Denver, Colorado. His stint concluded on 28 November an intensive four weeks.

Meanwhile, Secondary 4’s Trevor was in Goyang, South Korea, till 1 December in preparation for his debut at the 2018 ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He had the privilege of training with and learning from top South Korean speed skater which included Olympic medallists.

In addition to the training sessions, Trevor also competed at the 34th Korea Skating Union President Short Track Speed Skating Cup on 24 and 25 November 2018. He won 2 gold medals – the Men's 500m and 1,000m, setting a new personal best time of 44.602s in the shorter distance. His winning time bettered the Singapore National Under 18 and 16 records which he held. He subsequently bettered his time in the 500m at the World Cup event.

“I was getting about 6 to 8 hours of training a day throughout my month-long stint in Goyang. Training alongside Olympic medallists like Kwak Yoon-gy – a Vancouver 2010 silver medallist – and Kim A-lang – a gold medallist at Pyeongchang 2018 – and being able to interact with them motivated me to push myself harder so that I can one day be a world-class skater too. Technique-wise, I saw improvements as I refined my movements through watching and talking to them,” said Trevor.

Netball
By Muneera Noor Fadhil
Netball Academy, Secondary 3

Sports School Netball Academy’s Secondary 2 and 3 student-athletes had the privilege of attending a training tour in Melbourne, Australia, from 9 to 16 November 2018. The overseas trip exposes us to a higher level of netball, especially in preparation for the upcoming 2018 International Youth Netball Challenge from 24 to 30 November.

Engaging in combined training sessions and friendly matches with the Australians has helped to hone our skills, and learn and adopt different gameplays and set-ups. We were also fortunate to train under world-class coaches Marg Lind and Nicole Richardson who gave us tips on how to be a more strategic player on court. As we stepped outside of our comfort zone and adapted to a new living and training environment, my teammates and I learnt the importance of taking care of ourselves and looking out for each other. We had to ensure that we our time and finances were managed adequately, and that we had proper hydration and nutrition each meal – even cooking meals so that we obtain the optimal nutrients for recovery.

We had several cross-training sessions planned and we got to try my hand at boxing and pilates. I enjoyed the boxing session as the high intensity helps to improve our reaction and mental toughness.



Shooting
Shooting Academy shooters participated in the 2018 Airgun International Competition from 13 to 17 November 2018 while in Taipei for a training camp. They won 2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals at the Under 15 competition. Ariana Beh Yoke Ching, the Women’s 10m Air Rifle gold medallist, shares her lessons from the overseas trip.
 ***
By 马育真 (Ariana Beh Yoke Ching)
Shooting Academy, Secondary 1

代表新加坡体育学校参加在台湾举办的2018年中正杯射击比赛,是我经历的第一次国际赛事。比赛紧张、刺激,富有挑战性。通过比赛,我可以学会克服不熟悉靶场的困难,也学会如何管控压力。

这次在台湾的训练和比赛,教练指导我如何尽快地适应新的靶场和环境,如何集中注意力;学习怎样与其他射手交流。同时,我也学到怎么控制自己的心情,不让失败打扰我的射击动作和比赛过程。在比赛中,尽管我的资格赛成绩并不理想,但我在决赛中,打到242.6的高分,最终赢得比赛。

这次台湾训练比赛的经历,真的让我学到很多好经验,也学了很多新知识。我相信我的成绩会有更大提高,对此,我充满信心。

期待明年会有更多的国外比赛机会。

Translation
The 2018 Airgun International Competition in Taipei was my first international event representing Singapore Sports School. The competition was intense, exciting and challenging. Through the competition, I learnt to overcome the difficulties of shooting in an unfamiliar range, and also cope with the pressure of competing with top age-group shooters from Taipei.

During the training sessions and competition, my coach, Coach Song Haiping, gave me guidance on how I could adapt to the new shooting range and environment as quickly as possible, how to maintain my focus, and how to interact with other shooters. At the same time, I also learnt how to control my emotions, instead of being affected by mishits. Despite not being up to mark in the qualifying round, I was able to shoot 242.6 points in the final to win the 10m Air Rifle event.

I’ve benefited from this overseas training and competition experience in Taipei and believe that it will contribute to higher scores in the coming year.

I look forward to more of such opportunities next year.



Swimming
Twenty-two Sports School's swimmers raked in a tremendous haul of 49 medals – 14 gold, 27 silver and 8 bronze – at the 2018 Aichi Age-Group Swim Meet on 1 December 2018 while they were in Aichi, Japan, for a training camp from 28 November to 8 December.
***
Contributed by Carol Rachmadi (Secondary 1), Jerald Lium (Secondary 2), Candice Ang Ruo Han (Secondary 3),
Julia Lium (Secondary 4), Regine Goh Xuan Xuan (IBDP Year 5)

The overseas stint in Aichi developed us to be more independent and responsible people and athletes. All of us were given our own rooms to stay in during this trip, so we had to look after ourselves, as well as do our own laundry. Keeping track of time so as not to oversleep and ensuring that we had all the equipment necessary for training was important, instead of relying on reminders from our teammates. However, although this may sound contradictory, staying separately also made us more aware of looking out for our fellow teammates.

Being immersed in the Japanese culture was also an eye-opening experience. They were respectful, considerate and polite towards each other. This could be seen in the simplest of activities such as rinsing themselves before entering the pool to ensure that the pool remains clean for other swimmers. The Japanese swimmers also always greeted us even when we were passing by, which made us more conscious of greeting our coaches and staff whenever we met. Furthermore, the streets were litter-free and even public facilities like the toilets were extremely clean.

The importance of discipline and punctuality at training was evident amongst the Japanese swimmers, to the point that we entered and exited the pool exactly on time – not one minute earlier nor later.

The training programme in Japan was a tougher than what we’re used to in Singapore which helps make us stronger swimmers. Training was more intense as we swam further in shorter durations. The importance of teamwork and unity was more apparent during this trip. Encouragements from our teammates in between sets spurred us on towards completing our programme – no matter how tiring the session was.



Track and Field
Track and Field Academy student-athletes attended a five-day training camp in Bangkok, Thailand, from 15 to 20 November 2018. The 48 student-athletes had the opportunity to train alongside Thai athletes from Thammasat University to help push their boundaries and stretch their potential.

 

ARCHIVE

2018 Please click here.
2017 Please click  here.
2016 Please click  here.
2014 Please click  here.
2013 Please click  here.
2012 Please click  here.

TNP School Sports Star Nominee
Nur Amelia Omar Abdullah, who plays netball for Singapore Sports School, is one of TNP's School Sports Star nominee. Click  here  to watch her video. (Uploaded on Jul 27, 2011)

PROGRAMMES AND COMPETITIONS

PRE-SINGAPORE SPORTS SCHOOL PROGRAMMES

P6 Netball Development Programme

The Primary 6 Netball Development Programme organised and conducted in Singapore Sports School aims to identify and nurture sport talents in Singapore Schools. The programme also serves to add value to the existing skills of players and further develop their potential.

P6 Netball Development Carnival

The Carnival aims to provide an additional platform (on top of the National Inter-Primary Schools Championships) for Primary Schools to have a chance to spar with other teams.

LOCAL AND OVERSEAS COMPETITIONS

Netball Super League

 

Energizer National League

 

M1 Challenge

The Netball Academy gives opportunity to the Under 13 team to compete in the M1 Challenge – an inter-school competition. The U13 girls are posed a challenge of going up against the U15 and U16 teams, and have risen to the challenge each time.

Bukit Jalil International Netball Competition

Sports School netballers are invited to the Bukit Jalil International Netball Competition which sees participation of Malaysian state teams. A guest team from South Africa is also invited to raise the level of competition.
 

SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

International Youth Netball Challenge

The International Youth Netball Challenge organised by the Sports School places strong emphasis on the Olympic values of Friendship, Excellence and Respect. The IYNC sees participation of teams from netball powerhouse countries, such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as regional countries. The level of competition brought by the international teams provides Sports School netballers with the opportunity to pit themselves against the best in their age-group and in the process, improve their quality of play.

U17 Talent Development Camp

The Under 17 Talent Development Camps provide a competitive environment for our student-athletes as they train and compete with the elite netballers in New South Wales, Australia. The camps provide opportunities for top student-athletes to stretch their potential through immersion into the Australia Netball scene.

Up to four Sports School netballers are selected yearly to participate in an intensive training camp organised by the Australia State Association. The student-athletes undergo a week-long stint with Australia’s elite U17 players where they train and spar with the stronger and more skilful Australians.

Training Tour

The Netball Academy organises overseas competitions to give greater exposure to the various teams. The teams travel to regional countries (Malaysia, Hongkong, Thailand, etc) as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Sports School’s netball teams compete in official competitions or friendly matches to expose themselves to different types of play. The Secondary 2 and 3 teams also have opportunities to travel to Australia and New Zealand for training cum competition stints.

Sparring Matches with Visiting Teams

The Sports School occasionally hosts overseas visiting teams. Our netballers have opportunities about five times a year to spar with teams from England, Australia and New Zealand, among others. These sparring matches provide a good platform for our student-athletes to learn from faster and stronger players to improve their game.

Australian club West Coast Fever is one such team that has visited the Sports School. The club is one of the top local teams, with several of its members in the National Australian team. Being able to spar with an elite team like West Coast Fever allows our netballers to improve on their tactical skills and court play.

STAFF

Lee Min Li-Sports-23Feb16.jpg Lee Min Li
Senior General Manager
JOycelyn.jpgJocelyn Tan Shi Yun
Coach