Ariels was formed as Victorian Churches Netball Association in 1930 and is one of the oldest netball associations in Australia. Over the past nine 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.

Ariels VCNA – Vision, Philosophy and Values

Vision – For our players, coaches and umpires to reach their full potential within our netball program

Philosophy – To provide as many players as possible the chance to play representative and VNL netball and develop to their highest potential, and provide a pathway for elite athletes.


  1. Personal Development
  2. Team work
  3. Empowerment
  4. Innovation

How we are ensuring our values are met.

  1. Personal Development
  • Individual goals for every player
  • Structured development pathways
  • Personal skill, strength and conditioning sessions
  1. Team work
  • Working together for the best outcome of the team
  • Sharing ideas, knowledge and experience
  1. Empowerment
  • Supporting our members to achieve and believe in their goals.
  • Acknowledging and celebrating our individual and team strengths
  1. Innovation
  • Taking risks
  • Building creative solutions to our challenges
  • Evolving and growing with our sport and changing environment

In 2008 the club was successful in gaining one of 10 licences statewide for the newly formed elite Victorian Netball League competition. The club was restructured to provide opportunities for other local associations to join our pathway. In 2018 we were successful in renewing our licence for a further 5 years.

Our structure consists of:

Ariels  – Victorian Netball League  

  • Championship division team
  • Division 1 team
  • 19 and Under team
  • Squad teams – 19u and Divison 1

Ariels VCNA Jets

The Ariels 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:

  • Jets Senior (a mixture of Open & 17u aged players)
  • Jets Junior (17u aged players)
  • Jets 3

Ariels VCNA

  • Two Open teams – Open Prem and Open 2
  • Two 17/U teams
  • Five 15/U teams
  • Four 13/U teams
  • Three 11/U teams

Ariels VCNA 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.