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Chelsea Pitman appointed head coach of Nottingham Forest Netball | Netball News

Chelsea Pitman appointed head coach of Nottingham Forest Netball | Netball News

Former Vitality Roses star Chelsea Pitman has been appointed head coach of Nottingham Forest Netball ahead of the inaugural Netball Super League season in 2025.

The Netball Super League will be relaunched as a new eight-team competition next season, with Nottingham Forest Netball and Birmingham Panthers two of the new entrants.

Netball Super League 2025 Teams

  • Birmingham Panthers
  • Cardiff Dragons LexisNexis
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • London Mavericks
  • London Pulse
  • Loughborough Lightning
  • Manchester Thunder
  • Nottingham Forest Netball

Born in Sydney, Australia, Pitman initially represented Australia at international level before switching allegiance to England in 2017, helping the country secure a historic gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Last month, Pitman called time on her 14-year playing career and now, at 36, is ready to lead Nottingham Forest into a new era of netball.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity,” said Pitman, who won the Super League as a player in 2014 with Manchester Thunder.

“Not just for me, but for those who will embark on this Nottingham Forest Netball journey.

“I have no illusions that this won’t come without challenges, but that’s what excites me the most. This is where the growth happens.”

A club spokesman added: “Chelsea has a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a leader, as well as a deep understanding of the game.

“Coupled with her dedication to excellence, inclusion and developing young talent, this makes her the ideal appointment to guide our team.”

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Highlights from the Super League final between Manchester Thunder and Loughborough Lightning

Loughborough Lightning beat Manchester Thunder 70-54 in the Netball Super League Grand Final on Saturday to end the 2024 season.

With the victory, the Lightning became the fourth team to defend their NSL title.

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