futureFERNS Years 3-6


Junior Netball Season Dates 2023

Block One – 4 weeks
Start Thurs 4, Fri 5, Sat 6 May
Finish Thurs 25, Fri 26, Sat 27 May

Block Two – 4 weeks
Start Thurs 8, Fri 9, Sat 10 June
Start Thurs 29 June, Fri 30 June, Sat 1 July

Block Three – 4 weeks
​​​​​​​Start Thurs 20, Fri 21, Sat 22 July
Finish Thurs 10, Fri 11, Sat 12 August

futureFERNS is available for years 1 to 6 school age children (boys and girls) interested in building their netball skills.

Note: Players must play in the correct grade.

The following information is for years 3 to 6. For preschoolers and Years 1 & 2, see Nettabury and futureFERNS Year 1-2.

futureFERNS (Years 3 to 6) runs on a Thursday and Friday after school at Hagley courts and Saturday morning at Hagley Park courts .Please refer to the CNC Junior Coach Support Programme to the right for further information regarding times.

Coaching Workshops

Christchurch Netball is committed to ensuring that all futureFERNS teams have quality coaching available to them which is why each new coach or coaches moving to the next level are required to attend the appropriate ANZ futureFERNS Workshop for the grade they are coaching. Register here

futureFERNS Assistants

Running the futureFERNS programme would not be possible without the assistance of our futureFERNS Assistants. Each year we look for people aged 15+ with an interest in learning to coach to apply for futureFERNS Assistant positions. These are paid positions reporting to the Junior Netball Coordinator.

Positions are available Mon – Sun during the Winter season and some assistants are required to start in February.

For further information, position description and application form please contact Sara Norton, 0279194474 or email.

Applications for 2023 are still open with positions commencing the first week in February.

2023 application form: Click here

2023 position description: Click here

​​Coach Catch Ups

All Year 3-6 coaches are expected to attend a brief meeting approximately 5 times over the season. For dates and times please check the CNC Junior Coach Support Programme link to the right.

futureFERNS Assistants run the warm-up and assist with the skill session each week for Year 3-4 teams.

Playing Procedures

Years 3 and 4: Netball Smart warm up followed by 15 minutes skill session. Play 4 x 8 minutes quarters with 2 minute breaks between each quarter.

Year 5 and 6: Netball Smart warm up. Play 4 x 8 minute quarters with 2 minute breaks between each quarter.

Years 3 or 4 are not permitted to play in the Year 5/6 grade.  A mixed grade for years 3 and 4 is available for smaller schools/clubs who cannot field a full team in the one grade.  A maximum of two Year 6 players are also permitted in a mixed Year 5/6 grade with prior approval from the Christchurch Netball Centre.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the Junior Netball Coordinator.

Game Officials

ANZ futureFERNS - Year 5 and Year 6 teams only, will be required to supply an umpire for their games. Whistlers may be appointed, however, not guaranteed (request a whistler here). Years 3 & 4 ANZ futureFERNS requires no umpire. The game is controlled by the coaches on court who support and assist players. Anyone interested can attend a Basic Umpiring Course held at the Christchurch Netball Centre prior to the beginning of the season.


Cancellation of futureFERNS games will be notified by 2pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 7am on Saturdays. Please refer to the cancellation page of our website and our Facebook page.

Radio Stations: 92.1 More FM ph: 377 1999

Christchurch Netball Centre Facebook page or Christchurch Netball Centre App.

Please note: Car parking is NOT available at the Netball Centre on Thursday and Friday afternoon/evenings and Saturday mornings.

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