Queensland Firebirds Futures Academy

The Queensland Firebirds Futures Academy (QFFA) has been set up to support the best young talent in Queensland in achieving their goals of playing Super Netball and ultimately, for the Diamonds.  The QFFA will aim to provide a clear pathway for young Queensland athletes to wear the Firebirds dress.  It will also support Nationally categorised athletes and others selected in Queensland 17/U and 19/U for the National Netball Championships as well as the Firebirds Futures in Super Netball Reserves.  There are also four regional branches of the Academy in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton to allow players to develop in their hometowns.  Male athletes from the Queensland Suns and aspiring high-level umpires are also part of the QFFA.

The QFFA provides expert coaching, strength and conditioning and medical support.  It also provides education in a number of areas including nutrition and mental preparation. The athletes also have a dedicated support team from Netball Queensland’s High Performance function as well as regular contact and engagement with the Queensland Firebirds staff and players.

2024 QFFA Athletes

2023 Queensland Firebirds Futures Academy

Ashlee Barnett 
Baylee Boyd 
Ellie Brice 
Rylee Burns 
Holly Comyns 
Jada Delaney 
Olivia Dijkstra 
Sasha-May Flegler 
Lily Gribble 
Gemma Hutchings 
Leytton Johnstone (QLD Suns) 
Bailey Jordan (QLD Suns) 
Jessica Laga’aia 
Abigail Latu-Meafou 
Jessica Milne 
Jayden Molo 
Losa Niumata 
Lillyana Rennie 
Maddison Ridley 
Elsa Sif Sandholt 
Isabelle Shearer 
Kirra Tappenden 
Kaylin van Greunen 

Di Fawcett 
Claire Kleinschmidt 
Jessica Lakeman 
James Matthews-Maher 
Nicola Stevens