Lesley Blair announced as Academy Manager

Lesley Blair has been appointed as Wasps Netball’s new Academy Manager.

Lesley has coached in the development set-up at Wasps since the Club launched in 2016 and will take the step up to the top role in the Academy set-up for the coming season.

The move comes after former Academy Coach Dannii Titmuss stepped down from the position after three successful years.

Lesley - known as Wes in the netball community - has more than 23 years coaching experience having worked for England Netball for ten years as well as coaching a number of teams including the University of Wolverhampton’s netball club.

Wes, who has competed on the court at county, regional and national level, says she is looking forward to developing the next generation of Wasps Netball stars.

Wes said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I hope to bring a new perspective to our training using my experience on and off the court.

“I have worked with players of all ages and at different stages of their career so it’s definitely key for me to carry over my existing knowledge and experiences in my new role.

“Dannii and I have worked together closely for the past three years and she’s leaving us in a great position. I will be looking to build on those foundations and continue to develop the talented players we have here.

“There is a great culture here at Wasps and I will be looking to promote that throughout the Academy in my new role.

“We’ll be looking to attract the best young players from around the country but tapping into the sporting talent that the West Midlands has to offer will be a great priority of mine too.

“For the new season I hope to secure more golds possibly even in two of our age-groups and really I want to ensure that we are consistent with our training programmes and keep doing what we’ve been doing over the last three successful seasons.

“I am really excited to get stuck in with the new role, it will be a new challenge and I’m looking forward to it.”

Sarah Taylor, Franchise Manager at Wasps Netball, added: “The position of Academy Manager is crucial in the development of talented young players and ensuring they get the right opportunities and environment in which to thrive.

“Wes has all the attributes needed to be a huge success in this role and I’m certain she will ensure she knows all of the performance athletes in the pathway inside and out.

“She will be working to develop players and attract new young stars into our pathway, working closely with counties and other coaches throughout the Wasps Netball Academy.”