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What is MatchStars?

A new opportunity for junior players to enjoy a netball match each week. All abilities are welcome to sign up and do not have to be a NetballStars Member to join us. We love a bit of competition and the winners will be celebrated after each match but as this is not a league or tournament no results will be recorded and the competition will reset again the following week!

When and where will it take place


We aim to start on 16th April 2024 on a Tuesday evening at Kennet School in Thatcham. The matches will be scheduled from 6pm to 8pm depending on how many teams we have. We will start with a total of 5 matches in the first half of the summer term.

How does it work?

Matches will be organised in the following groups:


Sirens - U15 (School Years 9 and 10)

Mavericks - U13 (School Years 7 and 8)

Thunderbirds - U11 (School Years 5 and 6)

Wildcats - U9 (School Years 3 and 4)

Players to sign up to the group that matches their school year. Once 14 players have registered in a group, then their matches will be scheduled. 

New teams and positions will be made each week within the group by randomly selecting a bib which will indicate the team and position for the first half of the match, swapping to the opposite position at half time for the second half eg WA will swap to WD, GA to GD and C stays covering the court for the whole match!! Why? To ensure our young players get the chance to experience different positions and play within a new team each week. 

The Detail

The matches will either be 7 a side or Hi5, depending on the attendance that week. If less than 10 players are available then an alternative game will be played. If matches are cancelled due to weather then we will look to re-schedule.

Each match will be 40 minutes, split in to 10 minute quarters with 2 minutes breaks after quarter 1 and 3 and 5 minute break at half time. The players will also receive a 5 minute warm up and cool down, making the session one hour in total.


Umpires will be provided at a standard suitable to the level of match. We would like for qualified umpires to come join us but also encourage umpires in training, experienced umpires returning to the whistle or players looking to start their umpiring journey, we feel that there is the room for all. All umpires will be positive, encouraging, fair and most importantly, they will ensure fun is had by all.


The Rules


We will be following the 2020 England Netball rules. Bibs and balls will be available. Suitable clothing and footwear to be worn to play netball and the rule of no jewellery and short nails will be followed.

How much will it cost?

NetballStars Member (currently attending Saturday mornings) - £5.00 a match. £25.00 for the first half of the term.

Non NetballStars Member (or previous member not currently attending Saturday mornings) - £7.50 a match. £37.50 for the first half of the term.

The matches will take place over 5 weeks and the full half term fees to be paid in advance of the scheduled matches.

Not much netball experience?

If a player would like to join us at NetballMatchStars but has little or no experience playing netball then an Introduction to Netball session will be taking place ahead of the season which can be attended.

What to do next...

If all of the above sounds like a lot of fun and just what a netball loving person needs this summer, then please register your interest with us by clicking on the button below...

Register your interest as a Player

Register your interest as an Umpire

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