England Netball has appointed current Performance Director Nigel Holl as the organisation’s new Director of Netball. The new position, which Holl will take up from 1 September 07, encompasses not just the development and performances of the England squads and support staff, but also supervision of all elements of playing at grass roots and development levels. England Netball’s nine regional managers will now report to Holl in his new role.
Nigel Holl was appointed as England Netball’s Performance Director in May 2004 and, since then with the assistance of the Performance team, has overhauled the delivery of the national squads’ programmes, which have seen the U21 squad winning silver at the World Youth Championships and the National squad taking the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne 2006. He has overseen the introduction of the new Performance Coaching programme for aspiring elite coaches and played a key role in the introduction and expansion of the Netball Superleague as a means of underpinning the England teams' programmes.
Commenting on the appointment, Paul Clark, England Netball’s interim Chief Executive said: “This is a demanding and challenging role, but one which will help to integrate all aspects of the delivery of the game under one directorate. I am confident that Nigel has the energy, focus and ability to deliver successful outcomes, which will continue to assist the organisation in driving the game forwards.”
Holl himself is excited at the challenges ahead: “Netball in England is booming, with increasing numbers of players taking part at a grass roots level, and the standard of play rising significantly among our elite squads. With a strong regionalised infrastructure, I believe England Netball is ideally placed to attract even more participants and supporters, and I am very excited by the challenges ahead.”
Netball is the leading team sport for women in the world – it is estimated that more than one million women and girls play regularly in England alone. England Netball, the game’s governing body, has seen a second successive annual growth in membership of 10% year on year (2005-6 and 2006-7).