Secondary Schools

Most secondary schools play the traditional 7 v 7 version of netball however we do have fast net, a quicker paced format should your pupils want something a little different. We’ve pulled together all the information you need on both below which should get you started.


The Basics – What you need?

A standard netball court is 30.5m long and 15.25 wide and is divided into thirds with a shooting circle at each end.
Netball Goal Posts are 3.05m high

A standard size netball is a size 5

There are 7 players per team on court at any one time. Each player has a playing position determined by the areas on the court where they may move.  The playing positions are shown by identification letters worn above the waist (usually on a bib), on both the front and the back of the player.

The positions and its main role to play:

  1. Goal Shooter (GS) To score goals and to work in and around the circle with the GA
  2. Goal Attack (GA)To feed and work with GS and to score goals
  3. Wing Attack (WA) To feed the circle players giving them shooting opportunities
  4. Centre (C) To take the Centre Pass and to link the defence and the attack
  5. Wing Defence (WD)To look for interceptions and to prevent the WA from feeding the circle
  6. Goal Defence (GD) To win the ball and reduce the effectiveness of the GA
  7. Goal Keeper (GK) To work with the GD and to prevent the GS from scoring goals

* It’s recommended that Primary Schools play the “High 5” format of the game which doesn’t include  the positions WA and WD.

Aim of the Game
To score as many goals as is possible from within an area called the Goal Circle, which is a semi-circle centred on the goal line and measuring 4.9 metres in radius (16 feet). Only two players from each team may score goals, the Goal Attack and Goal Shooter.

Fast Net

Fast Net is an exciting, fast-paced game that is a relatively new form of netball, introduced in 2008 through the World Netball Series. It’s attracting huge interest across the world from international to community level. Click here for more information.

My Skills

In order to get into netball you need to know the basic skills. We've pulled together skills guides with coaching tips to help you be a better netballer. Click here for more information.

School Sports Clubs Programme

School Sports Clubs are a new initiative between the Youth Sport Trust and NGBs to create new and innovative opportunities for young people in secondary schools to participate and experience introductory ‘club’ sport on school sites: activity that compliments community club provision. The aim is that the clubs will be set up, run and managed by young people for young people giving the clubs a unique informal feel to engage those who have either had a first experience of sport but not gone onto play in a club environment or those that have not tried the sport at school or in their local club.

Where possible each school has been linked with their local netball club to provide a community exit route for the participants.   

If your school would like to be involved in this programme your local School Games Organiser will be able to help.