Meet the Coaches

Head coach Sue Collins.

She began her playing career at her local Club and this continued with playing for the County then the East Region before being selected to play for England. Sue has coached at school, club, County & Regional level. Her positions have included working for England Netball as the East’s Regional Talent Coach which entailed working with England U17/U19s. Sue’s past coaching duties extended to coaching individual England players during their home training programme.  She has also toured South Africa with other ex-England players where they were involved in coaching local teams. Sue currently coaches school and club teams and is the assistant coach at one of the Mavericks Futures academies.
She was the lead coach at the Suffolk academies for many years and was the Lead Performance Identifier for Suffolk.
She is now involved in Netball East’s Scouting and Selection Group.
Sue believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to participate, make progress and have fun, and that every session should be a positive experience.

Gill Alexander

She began her playing career at her local Club in Billericay, Essex. Her playing career continued to playing County, Regional and England U21, U23 and Seniors. The highlight of her playing career was to tour Jamaica with England U23 in 1981 and to represent England at the 6th World Tournament in Singapore in 1983. In 1985 Gill toured South Africa with other ex England players, including Sue Collins, where they were involved in coaching local teams. Although Gill coached many years ago, she only took her formal coaching qualification in 2018. Gill started coaching at Thetford Netball Club during the Summer months of 2019.

Laura Denniss

I started playing netball at middle school when I was around 10 years old. I really enjoyed the game and my parents really encouraged and supported me, finding a team that would take children on as young as me. I played for a local village club before being found by a Norfolk county coach who invited me along to trials. I loved all my many years at county, starting in the development squads before making my break into the main squads. The friendship I made there were amazing, still keeping in contact with the majority of these girls 20 years later. I also played at regional level, although this meant a lot of travelling with the club’s training being in Norwich. After having my children I came back to Thetford Netball Club hoping that I could give back to the sport I love and had took so much from over the years. I became a coach in July 2017 with the desire to be able to give girls that live locally the same opportunities I was given but on their doorstep.

Zara

My name is Zara I have been playing netball for over 20 years. I have played at a really high level of netball and it’s always been a passion on mine. I had a break in netball when having children and since coming back to netball as a player I have taken the pathway into coaching at a level 1 with the intention to do my level 2 in the very near future. I am also the clubs publicist and help with fund raising events. I am soon to enrol on an umpire course as I am always looking to improve and contribute to our club. I love all aspects of netball and thoroughly enjoy the rewards of coaching.