Vitality Netball Superleague: Anna Stembridge leaves Bath Netball team | Netball News

The head coach will step down at the end of the Vitality Netball Superleague season; the former England Roses head coach is in his second spell, with the franchise having also played for the Bath side

Last update: 04/14/22 4:32 p.m.

Anna Stembridge will step down as head coach of the Bath Netball team at the end of the season (Image credit: Ben Lumley)

Bath Netball team head coach Anna Stembridge has announced that she will be leaving Superleague coaching at the end of the 2022 season for personal reasons.

The former England Roses manager is in her second stint with the franchise, having also been a player in the pre-victorious Super League side.

Her two-decade association with Team Bath meant it was not an easy decision to walk away, but she believes the time is right, both personally and for the club.

“It’s obviously been very difficult because I love coaching here at Team Bath and working with the players and staff, but it’s the right decision for me and my family,” Stembridge said.

“I want to be more at home with my young family and I also have the urge to complete my PhD at Cardiff Met University.

It’s really important to stress that this won’t affect our intentions for the rest of the season and we remain focused on our mission to be in the top four. I know we will give everything we can to make the play-offs. We still have a lot of minutes to play and, as we’ve seen over the weekend, we’re starting to build up some great form.

Anna Stembridge

Stembridge, a Wales international as a player, first coached the Bath side from 2008 to 2010 in partnership with current England head coach Jess Thirlby, winning two Superleague titles.

She then managed England for four years, guiding the Roses to a first ever run of whitewashing Australia, before returning to Team Bath in 2015.

The Bath team have qualified for the play-offs every year since 2015 and reached their first Grand Final since 2013 last season.

They also won the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship for the first time in October 2021 and currently sit third in the Vitality Superleague 2022 table.

Vitality Netball Superleague – Spring Showdown

Saturday Sunday
1 p.m. Lightning vs. Storm 12 p.m. Bath against rhinos
2:45 p.m. Rhinos vs. Dragons 1:45 p.m. Dragons Against Lightning
4:30 p.m. Thunder against Sirens 3:30 p.m. storm against thunder
6:15 p.m. Wasps against pulse 5:15 p.m. Pulse vs. Mavericks
8 p.m. Mav vs. Stars 7 p.m. The stars against the wasps

“I’m heavily invested in the Bath team and stepping away from something I love doing is going to be tough,” Stembridge said. “It’s such a humbling experience to be part of such a great club with such an incredible history.

“I would like to think that I have made a positive contribution to the environment and helped the people in it, be it players, fellow coaches or support staff.

“I am very proud to have been part of the fabric here and hope that I leave the club not only in a better place, but in which it can continue to flourish and grow. I watch some of the young people who go through our way and know that the future is in a very good place.”

Stembridge’s announcement comes shortly after Mel Mansfield shared his decision to step down as head coach of Wasps Netball at the end of the current Vitality Netball Superleague season.

Mansfield was named assistant coach at Wasps ahead of the franchise’s inaugural season in the competition and became head coach in 2019.

Both teams are currently preparing for the Vitality Netball Superleague ‘Spring Showdown’, which features 10 matches taking place Saturday and Sunday live on sky sports at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham.

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