Ariels was formed as Victorian Churches Netball Association in 1930 and is one of the oldest netball associations in Australia. Over the past eight decades the club has continued to grow and promote the sport of netball, particularly in Melbourne’s eastern region.
The association is committed to providing support and opportunities to players, recognising and nurturing leadership and good sportsmanship and offering a pathway to higher levels of competition to allow players, coaches and umpires to reach their full potential.
In 2008 the club was successful in gaining one of 10 licences statewide for the new elite Victorian Netball League competition. The club was restructured to provide opportunities for other local associations to join our pathway. Our structure now consists of:
Ariels – Victorian Netball League
- Championship division team
- Division 1 team
- 19 and Under team
sponsored by: Yarra Valley Grammar
The Yarra Jets high performance program is open to netballers from ALL associations and is a pathway into our “Ariels” Victorian Netball League teams. This program consists of:
- Two VNL development teams
- One Open VNL Development team
- One 17/U team
- Two Open teams
- Two 17/U teams
- Five 15/U teams
- Four 13/U teams
- Two 11/U teams
Yarra is different to many representative associations in that we deliberately cast our net wide and have as many teams as possible to give the maximum number of players the opportunity to play representative netball.