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.


My name is Zara I have played netball since school age. I have played for Thetford for many years going back to when they were called Jeyes. I have played netball at a high standard and took a break when having children. When returning to the club some years ago I became supporting with Junior training and volunteering on the committee. I have made progression as a Club coach over the years qualifying as a level 1 coach and more recently level 2. I am a current player and Captain of one of the top seniors Teams and I am also one of the Clubs Into Umpires. My roles on the committee consists of Fundraising and Social media Coordinator and Press Officer. I love the sport and find Coaching all different ages and abilities really rewarding.

Kim Smith

My Name is Kim. I have been playing netball for as long as I can remember. In my teenage years I was selected for Norfolk county and played club netball too. I joined Thetford netball club a few years ago and quickly went onto do my level 1 coaching. I am in the process of completing my level 2.