Capital Darters Academy

The Capital Darters Academy is a 10-month high performance training environment for ACT elite and pre-elite athletes who aspire to play for the Capital Darters at the Australian Netball Championships (ANC) level and beyond.

Canberra Challenge

Join us for the exciting Canberra Challenge as the Capital Darters Academy faces off against the GWS Giants Academy on Saturday, February 10th. The action kicks off at 10 am at the SolarHub ACT Netball Centre in Lyneham and continues at 4 pm at the AIS Basketball & Netball Centre in Bruce.

Don't miss out on the thrilling competition between these two elite academies. Purchase your tickets for just $5 (CASH ONLY), granting you entry to both venues. Come and show your support for the talented athletes of the Darters Academy. 

Mark your calendars and be part of the cheering crowd at this double-venue event. 

Tickets purchased at the door (cash only). 

2024 Capital Darters Academy Athletes

Netball ACT would like to congratulate 👏 the follow athletes who have been selected into the Capital Darters Academy for 2024!   

Alice Henman (Canberra Netball Association)

Amber Brophy (Tuggeranong Netball Association)

Annick Theron (Belconnen Netball Association)

Caitlin Brady (Canberra Netball Association)

Elise Robinson (Belconnen Netball Association)

Favour Lokudu (Belconnen Netball Association)

Kaylah Upfield (Arawang Netball Association)

Milla Papallo (UTS Sparks)

Olivia Clark (Queanbeyan Netball Association)

Sophia Martinussen (Tuggeranong Netball Association)

Sophie Dixon (South Canberra Netball Association)


Athletes must currently reside in Canberra or surrounding areas or be planning to move to the region for genuine reasons such as work or study. A minimum age of 16 is required.

Nominations open for a 3-week period and closes October 22nd 2023. There is no on-court trial process with selection based on a variety of criteria including current performance and future potential.

Up to 15 athletes can be selected. Should places remain unfilled after the October selection period, athletes may be invited to join the Academy at any stage throughout the program.

Athletes usually play in Division One of HCF State League or have previously played or currently play in the NNSW Premier League.

The program includes court training, strength and conditioning programming and individual service support e.g., sport psychology, nutrition, soft tissue therapy. Academy athletes train at the ACT Academy of Sport gym on the AIS Campus and at the Solar Hub Netball Centre in Lyneham.

Weekend Training Camps in Canberra and Sydney are also part of the program with opportunities to play against other ANC Squads including the QBE Swifts Academy and the GIANTS Academy.

Strength & Conditioning (S&C) begins in December with a structured home program provided to each athlete over the summer holiday period. At the end of January athletes return to directed S&C sessions and on-court training. Athlete load is individually managed to best support each athlete’s goals and commitments.

Not all Academy athletes are selected into the Capital Darters ANC Team of 12. Other athletes of standard, including ACT athletes who live in other States and Territories are also eligible for the Capital Darters ANC Team.

Please contact Kate Carpenter Netball ACT Head Coach