2018 Develop a Diamond Nominations Open

2018 Develop a Diamond Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2018 Develop a Diamond Program are now open. Athletes aged 14-16years – born in 2004, 2003 and 2002 are encouraged to nominate and trial for the Develop a Diamond Program.

The primary objective of the Develop a Diamond Academy (DADA) is to provide athletes with exposure to a high performance environment by providing an individual based program for athletes who show the potential to progress through the Netball ACT athlete pathway in future performance cycles. DADA is the entry program for athletes into the Netball ACT Academy and Representative structures and is delivered in accordance with the Netball Australia Develop a Diamond curriculum.

In accordance with the Netball ACT Athlete Selection Policy the DADA selection trials will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday 12 February 2018 for athletes 14 years old (born in 2004)
  • Thursday 15 February 2018 for athletes 15 and 16 years old (born in 2003 and 2002)
  • A third trial date is to be confirmed pending the number of athlete nominations received

Note: athletes who are eligible to trial for the DADA program but are also interested in trialling for the 2018 NACTA Developing Talented Athlete and Emerging Talented Athlete programs (May 2018). Netball ACT recommends athletes to trial for the DADA program in the first instance.

To nominate for the 2018 DADA program CLICK HERE

Nominations close 5pm Friday 9 February 2018


2018 DADA Structure

After a review of the delivery, structure and key objectives of the current DADA program Netball ACT has recognised the need to change the format in which this program has previously operated. Through changing the structure and duration of the DADA program athletes will have greater exposure to a high performance environment across a calendar year with increased exposure to competition and match play to assist with the transfer of learnings from their training environment.


In 2018 the DADA program will run in a camp based structure rather than a weekly training environment. The program will run from February to November comprising of 6 camps, specialist sessions for each court area and 2 match play/games weekends.


2018 DADA Program Camp Dates and Events

The following training schedule of Camps and Events will make up delivery of the 2018 DADA program:

Camp 1                 Sunday 25 February 2018

Camp 2                 Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 March 2018

Camp 3                 Sunday 29 April 2018

Camp 4                 Sunday 22 July 2018

Camp 5                 Sunday 19 August 2018

Camp 6                 Sunday 23 September 2018


Specialist Sessions                           Shooters                              Monday 15 October 2018

Centre Court                      Monday 22 October 2018

Defenders                          Monday 29 October 2017


ClubsNSW Academy Games                        Friday 27 – Sunday 29 April 2018

NACTA Games Weekend                             Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 November 2018


The above program dates and venues are subject to change and will be confirmed with athletes and parents upon induction to the program.


*An athlete financial contribution will be charged for participation in 2018 Netball ACT Academy Programs