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

Tracey Phillips – Superleague Team Manager

Netball Performance League (NPL)

U21 Head Coach: Nikki Lloyd

U21 Assistant Coach: Lois Jackson

U19 Head Coach: Philippa Hicks

U19 Assistant Coach: Tammie Anderson

Team Bath Futures

Academy Head Coach: Lois Jackson

Bath Academy Head Coach: Lois Jackson

Bath Academy Assistant Coaches: Phillippa Hicks

Exeter Academy & Hub Head Coach: Denise Ellis

Exeter Academy Assistant Coach: Karen Dent

Exeter Hub Assistant Coaches: Salli Byrne & Lauren Dent

Cornwall Hub Head Coach: Jean Davies

Cornwall Hub Assistant Coach: Nadia Edyvean

Bristol Hub Head Coach: Lois Jackson

Bristol Hub Assistant Coach: Tammie Anderson

Dorset Hub Head Coaches: Lucy Read & Sonja Payne

Dorset Hub Assistant Coach: Roni Peck

2018-19 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:






Off-season and pre-season fitness with Rachel Shaw

SGS College Wise Campus, Bristol


The Aspire package also includes;

  • Ongoing individual guidance and support from a designated Team Bath coach;
  • Access to additional observational opportunities at NPL matches and training sessions;
  • A discounted season ticket to home games for £50.

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

For more information, email

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