Community Partner Program
Parkville Netball Competitions (PNC) & Essendon District Netball Association are Melbourne University Lightning’s primary grassroots feeder associations. The relationship with PNC was formally established in 2013. Essendon District Netball Association joined the community partner program in 2016.
The Club provides hands on support to both communities through coaching scholarships, a mentor coaching program, specialist player skills sessions and assistance with player talent identification and the annual squad selection process. Since 2013, 30 players have been identified and recruited through the community partner program and currently have positions with the Club in either the Championship, Division 1, 19/U or Lightning Bolts teams.
The community program primarily targets players in the 14 – 16/U age group and provides development opportunities for players to gain selection in the MUL Club Academy Program or the Lightning Bolts.
The Lightning Junior Coaching Coordinator, Jocelyn Kassis, leads the program and is supported by other members of the club coaching staff and the player group. All players are required to volunteer their time to assist with the delivery of the program as per the club’s community engagement strategy.