The Club

The Club is partnered with Melbourne University & managed by a volunteer management group comprising individuals with sport business acumen & extensive community networks. The Club currently boasts a 10-member Committee of Management, led by President, Lindy Murphy. 

Home Base

The Club’s home base is the University’s Parkville campus. The partnership includes access to the University’s indoor netball courts, athletics track, aquatic and fitness centre, meeting rooms, support from university professional staff & inclusion in the university’s internationally recognized Elite Athlete Program.

Club Training

The Club’s primary training venue for season 2019 is Melbourne University Sports Centre, Building 103, Tin Alley, Parkville. The main weekly training session is conducted on a Sunday afternoon from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM, where the junior & senior squads train alongside one another.

Why we Exist

Vision: To be the leading Victorian Netball League Club.

Mission: To be INCLUSIVE, POSITIVE, UNITED & DISCIPLINED in our delivery of a high-performance pathway program.

Our Goals

  1. Team performance success at all levels of competition within the Victorian Netball League

  2. Caring for the welfare of players and coaches.

  3. To create a product that attracts & provides successful sponsorship & other commercial opportunities.

  4. Delivery of an elite pathway for developing players through the delivery of a high-performance daily training environment.

  5. Community goodwill & connecting with our community through the implementation of mutually beneficial programs.

  6. Developing & implementing a professional management structure that encompasses best practice team management & administration.

  7. Player selection in Victorian Junior State Teams, Australian Netball League Teams and Suncorp Super Netball Clubs.

  8. Building aspirations for prospective students to want to study at a destination university that supports the student experience through high performance sport.

  9. To ensure that the club’s strategic objectives comply with the direction set by Netball Victoria and comply with the VNL Licence Agreement.

  10. Provision of first-class training facilities in partnership with The University of Melbourne.

  11. Self-sufficient & financial independence through increased sponsorship & fundraising opportunities.

  12. Sports management acumen and the ability to grow in all areas of Club management.

2018/19 Club Highlights

  • Club awarded a 5-year VNL License 2019 – 2023 & celebrated its 10th year of operation in 2018.

  • Championship players, Kelsie Rainbow, Gabby Sinclair & Elle Bennetts made their Suncorp Super Netball League debuts. Kelsie & Gabby with the Collingwood Magpies & Elle with the Sydney Swifts.

  • Championship players, Kelsie Rainbow, Gabby Coffey, Mikaela Vaughan, Jordan Cransberg, Maddi Riddley & Maddie Stewart selected in the Tassie Magpies & Victorian Fury ANL Teams.

  • Maddi Ridley & Gabby Coffey selected in the Victorian 19/u team & the 19/u National Squad.

  • Maggie Caris selected in the Victorian 17/u team & the 17/u National Squad.

  • Elissa Kent appointed Coach of the Tassie Magpies ANL team.

  • Belinda Lees appointed Assistant Coach of the Victorian 17/u state team.

  • Tegan Hopkins appointed Apprentice Coach of the Victorian 17/u state team.

  • Elissa Kent (Championship Coach) & Belinda Lees (Division 1 Coach) awarded Elite level of coaching accreditation.

2019 Club Fees

VNL & Lightning Bolt Players: $750 (not inclusive of Club uniform or NV registration fee). Training Partners: $450 (not inclusive of Club uniform or NV registration fee).

Fee structure includes:

  • 12-month full gymnasium membership with Melbourne University Sport

  • Training court hire

  • VNL competition fees

  • Coaching panel & specialist coach fees

  • Strength & conditioning coach

  • Sports massage & physiotherapy support

  • Complimentary ticket to the annual awards dinner & mid-season function

Training Partner Program

Athletes selected as Training Partners are provided with an opportunity to experience the Club training environment & will be linked to a team within the Club structure. Training Partner opportunities will be offered to athletes with potential to reach the next age group or team, as identified by Club selectors. Training partners are offered the opportunity to play in the Melbourne University Netball Club (MUNC) Division One Team in the Parkville Premier League competition on Tuesday evenings. MUNC is affiliated with MUL & the Open Development Squad Coach, Jenni Lewis is also the MUNC Premier One Division team coach.

Development Squad Program: The Lightning Bolts

The Development Squad concept was implemented in 2013 & provides high performance coaching & playing opportunities for players who have been identified as having the potential to progress to the Melbourne University Lightning 19/u team. The squad trains alongside the 19/u team and competes in the open division of the Parkville competition on a Monday evening in both the autumn and spring seasons. Since 2013, 30 of the Lightning Bolts players have gained selection in VNL 19/u teams. They are widely considered to be the future of the Club.

Coaching Academy

The Coaching Academy commenced in 2015 & is a skill based development program conducted monthly. The program is led by the Club Junior Development Coordinator, Jocelyn Kassis. All members of the Club Coaching Panel assist with the delivery of the program.  The program primarily targets players in the 14 – 15 /u age group & provides development opportunities for players to progress to the Club’s development squad team, and to gain selection in Netball Victoria’s High-Performance Zone Academy program.

Since the inception of the program, 25 players have progressed through to the Lightning Bolts team and 15 to 19/u VNL teams.