Nottingham Forest takes big first step in Super League journey

NETBALL Super League’s new era is gaining momentum with another inaugural coach appointment.

Nottingham Forest – one of two new sides entering the competition in 2025 alongside the Birmingham Panthers – have announced who their inaugural coach will be, and it is none other than Roses legend Chelsea Pitman.

The news caps off a big year for Pitman, who has spent part of the year in Australia as a replacement player for Maddie Hay at the GIANTS in the Suncorp Super Netball.

Speaking about her appointment, Pitman said she was “extremely excited at what this opportunity presents. Not just for myself but for those that will get to embark on this Nottingham Forest Netball journey as well.

“I am under no illusion that it won’t come without its challenges but that is what excites me the most. This is where growth happens.

“There are lots of moving parts to get a team together and with recruitment just around the corner, it’s time to get to work.  I have a clear vision of what we want here at Nottingham Forest Netball, good culture!

“I want to attract players that want to invest in their netball, invest in helping our sport grow, open to challenges and tap into their netball brain. But it’s more than that, I want players that want to be better, well rounded, holistic athletes but more importantly, good people.”

A Nottingham Forest spokesperson said that Pittman has extensive experience both as a player and leader, together with a great understanding of the game.

“Coupled with her dedication to excellence, inclusivity and the development of young talent, this makes her the ideal appointment to guide our team,” they said.

“We are excited to embark on this journey together and look forward to what we can hope to achieve.”

This news comes off the back of Birmingham’s announcement last week that their inaugural coach will be Jo Trip.

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