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Aspire netball athletes are given a great opportunity being a part of the program along with the Academy. At Aspire training sessions they are on court with an intensive session for an hour and a half at Hunter Valley Grammar School. The perfect indoor netball facility for the girls to train on like at an elite level.

Specialty Coaches make an appearance in sessions to share their knowledge and work with all athletes. Each month athletes are provided with a workshop on wellbeing and the important areas off the netball court. These are designed and delivered by Leigh Waddington (ex professional netballer) they are then mentored and guided one on one with Sam.

A highly regarded program by the athletes who wish the Aspire program ran all year round!

Aspire netball program is for current Hunter Academy athletes who have been selected in the 2019/2020 squad.

ASPIRE netball

Founded in August 2017

ASPIRE Netball is a program designed and brought to life by professional netballer, Sam Poolman.


ASPIRE netball started in 2017 as an intensive 10-week program for athletes both in the Hunter Academy of Sport and athletes who were on the fringe of making the Hunter Academy. The aim of the program was to prepare athletes for both state and regional sections.

The program gave athletes the opportunity to learn in a number of areas on court and work with specialist coaches. Added benefits around Strength and Conditioning, injury prevention and correct landing ran by a qualified physio in this field. A number of wellbeing sessions were ran to allow the girls to identify their own strengths and other areas that are extremely important with being an athlete off court.


In 2018 and 2019 ASPIRE netball returned with a different edge. The program is delivered to current Hunter Academy of Sport squad athletes. Hunter Academy of Sport and Greater Bank have come together to give the opportunity to athletes who have been selected into the current squad.


53 athletes from the ages of 14-16 years train with the ASPIRE netball program once a month from Jan through to June.

The program provides direct coaching from professional players and coaches, specialized physio sessions, strength and conditioning, prehab and recovery resources and a large component on wellbeing. Athletes also are provided with an opportunity to seek feedback and guidance by a mentor.


The program gives the Hunter Region athletes an upper hand and opportunity that no other Academy has in NSW.

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