Coaching and Coach Education

Anna Stembridge

Coaching team

Team Bath’s experienced coaching team is led by former England coach Anna Stembridge – she spent three successful seasons with the Blue and Gold between 2008 and 2010 before returning as Head Superleague Coach in 2015.

Jess Thirlby, in her role as Team Bath Netball Head Coach, works alongside Anna in coaching the Superleague team and also coaches the Academy Futures squad at Bath. The pair have a long and successful career working together, not only at Team Bath but with England U21.

The work of the netball coaching team is backed up by expert support from Team Bath’s Physio and Sport Science Centre and the English Institute of Sport.

The netball coaching team works alongside Netball South West and their regional performance pathway coaches.


Vitality Superleague
Jess Thirlby

Anna Stembridge – Head Superleague Coach

Jess Thirlby – Head Coach

Sophie Warner – Superleague Team Manager

Netball Performance League (NPL)

U21 Head Coach: Denise Ellis

U21 Assistant Coach: Nikki Lloyd

U19 Head Coach: Leanne Lewis

U19 Assistant Coach: Emma Isaac

Team Bath Futures

Academy Head Coach: Lois Rideout

Bath Academy Head Coach: Lois Rideout

Bath Academy Assistant Coaches: Nikki Lloyd & Asha Francis

 Exeter Academy & Hub Head Coach: Denise Ellis

Exeter Academy & Hub Assistant Coaches: Salli Byrne & David White

Cornwall Hub Head Coach: Jean Davies

Cornwall Hub Assistant Coach: Nadia Edyvean

Bristol Hub Head Coach: Lois Rideout

Bristol Hub Assistant Coach: Tammie Anderson

Dorset Hub Head Coach: Joanna Vann

Dorset Hub Assistant Coach: Sonja Payne

2017-18 Aspire Coaching Programme

Coaches working with regional teams, premier county teams and school teams are invited to take part in our Aspire Coaching Programme, covering a wide range of topics to take you and your athletes to the next level.

Five creative and challenging workshops cover different aspects of the game on and off the court, each supported by a handy resource pack. They are taking place on the following dates:






Friday 8th December

Coaching the Team Bath Way

Uni of Bath STV


Friday 12th January


Uni of Bath STV


Friday 2nd February


Uni of Bath STV


Saturday 19th May


SGS College, Bristol


Friday 15th June

Live Game Analysis

Uni of Bath STV


The Aspire package also includes;

  • exclusive behind the scenes access to observe a Team Bath Superleague training session;
  • an opportunity to meet and greet Superleague players;
  • a Viper 10 Team Bath Netball T-shirt;
  • free entry to a home Superleague match of your choice.

Individual courses costs £50 and places can be booked online by clicking here.

For more information, email

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