Mother Earth futureFERNS
Netball New Zealand’s official junior Netball programme
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Mother Earth futureFERNS Age Groups

  • year1

    Introduces Netball to 5-6 year olds. The aim is to develop fundamental movement and basic Netball skills. Playing 4 v 4 allows the players to pass, catch and shoot from day one.

  • year3

    Mother Earth futureFERNS Year 3 & 4 is designed to be fast and fun, maximising participation and touches of the ball. With modified equipment and less players on the court, in 5 v 5 the game is less complicated

  • year5

    The 6 v 6 game is fast and provides players with lots of touches on the ball to enhance skill development and enjoyment. With only three positions on court it means the game is less complicated for children and easier for coaches to ensure the players learn the skills relevant to all positions and to provide them with equal opportunities..

  • year7

    Players have developed a considerable understanding of the game, and are now playing 7 v 7. The emphasis is on converting fundamental movement and basic Netball skills to foundation Netball skills. Performance, challenge and playing are key motives for this age group. Ensuring positional rotation and playing at least half a game will give each player the opportunity to participate and develop.

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Mother Earth Player of the Month

Each month we’ll be profiling one of our Mother Earth futureFERNS participants. Find out if you’re our Mother Earth Player of the Month! View more >

Where can I play?

Netball is delivered throughout New Zealand by five Zones who support 85 Centres.
To find out where you can play, click on your region in the map below to see contact details for your Zone and local Netball Centre.