Coaches & Staff

Vanessa McErlain-Naylor is excited to be the Head Coach for the Aspire Elite programme.  A widely recognised coach in our region her years developing athletes within her own club, working within county and regional programmes has inspired her to create this fantastic opportunity.  Vanessa has been recognised nationally and regionally with awards and accolades for her successes.  Vanessa has experience coaching & assisting teams with Maccabi GB, NPL, regional, northern and county leagues.

Toni Minichiello one of the UK’s top coaches will be involved in our programme for elite athletes, mentoring our head coach and delivering to the girls involved.  Toni has given his endorsement to the programme and we are all very excited to be working with him.

Alex Young  is a fantastic asset to the Aspire coaching team and will be delivering on the programme – Alex brings years of experience with her from playing days with Yorkshire Jets and Loughborough lightning, as well as England u17, u19 and u21s.  Alex’s coaching background includes Head coach of England Nets when England won Gold and England u17s when they won Gold at Netball Europe. In addition Alex’s wealth of experience working in the England Pathway with players in the regional programme from u13 up to and including u19s (NPL).

We are very proud to have Joan Young delivering  specialist positional sessions throughout the season.  Joan is currently head coach for Ireland and has a vast experience of working with players within a performance environment through to  international events.

Jo Fillingham will proudly head up the Aspire Little Stars squad for our young aspiring year 5&6s as they start they journey into Elite netball and Jo has years of experience working with players of this young age, both within schools and the club environment.

Assistant coaches at aspire


Emma Lewis is a UKCC level 2 coach and has coached at one of the top regional junior clubs for the past 2 seasons now into her 3rd.  Emma coaches a squad in the senior regional league and is still a regular on court at regional level herself.

Mark McErlain-Naylor is an experienced UKCC level 2 coach and B award umpire with 15+ years experience at one of the top regional junior clubs.  Mark has successfully coached teams through to U14 and U16 national clubs finals.  Mark has coached in the county performance pathway for the last 6 years at U13 through to U17 level.

Lisa Smith is an experienced UKCC level 1 coach actively working towards level 2.  Lisa has 7 years experience coaching in primary schools and club level from Hi5 to Seniors. Lisa has been assistant county performance coach for the U11, U15 and U17 age groups in addition to managing county teams at inter-county tournaments.  Lisa also regularly manages a teams at regional and county junior leagues, as well as still playing herself.

Rachel Henderson is an experienced UKCC level 2 coach and coach tutor who teaches sport science at one of Lincolnshire’s top 6th form college’s.  Rachel has coached and selected for the county pathway for the last 5 years and brings a wealth of netball experience with her.

Management Staff at aspire


Sue Hose – is our fantastic administrator at Aspire and most things wouldn’t get done without her.

Parent Liaison Officer – Joanne Wilkinson is always available to discuss issues,  ask questions or just to get some up to date information if needed.  In addition Lisa Woods and Lisa Smith are also available as parent liaison contacts.

Sue Hose – 

Jo Wilkinson –  +44 7535 569796

Lisa Smith –

Safeguarding appointed officer – Joanne Wilkinson