History of ADNL

ADNL (by Capital Netball) is a not-for-profit organization that was established in 1986. The Senior League caters for competitive and social players from the age of 14 years, while ADNL Juniors caters for young players of all abilities from 8 – 18years.

ADNL was a competition for adults in it’s initial years.  In 2016 ADNL introduced a role on the committee (Youth Development Officer) which was dedicated to developing junior netball in Abu Dhabi. The first year was a huge success with membership at capacity within the first 12 months.

ADNL is run by an executive committee which is elected each year by the league members. The committee meets regularly to manage all aspects of running the senior League, ADNL Juniors, competitive and friendly tournaments, as well as the administration and general care taking of the future of netball in Abu Dhabi.

We are a multi-cultural competition welcoming players from all over the world.  Membership is predominantly expatriate, although the interest in netball from the local community is growing.

Since its inception, the ADNL season has been played at numerous netball venues throughout Abu Dhabi, from Sheikh Zayed Academy for Girls, The Intercontinental Hotel and The Marina to its current home at Zayed Sports City.

Meet the committee 2017/18

Raha Tri Team Training March2017

Tanya Bertoldi – ADNL Chair

Tanya is now in her second year as ADNL Chair, and previosuly served as Secretary for ADNL Juniors supporting our Youth Development Officer.   Tanya also holds the position of Secretary for Emirates Netball, the national netball organisation in the UAE. She is passionate about increasing participation and developing netball in Abu Dhabi and the UAE for all ages and abilities, as well as creating a strong community around netball.  

M: +971 567 543 227
E: chair@netballabudhabi.com
W: www.NetballAbuDhabi.com

Annemarie DeBeers

Annemarie De Beer – ADNL Vice Chair

Annemarie has been a member of the ADNL Executive committee for the past seven years. She has been an active member both on and off the court. Annemarie has represented Abu Dhabi in six Inter-gulf Competitions and is about to enter her 5th year serving on the ADNL Committee.   Annemarie has loved being a part of the growth of ADNL and is excited about the continued development of netball in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.  She is invaluable as the lead co-ordinator of our Senior League and commenced the 2018/19 season in her second tenure as Vice Chair.

M: +971 502 637 439
E: vicechair@netballabudhabi.com

Mariaan Konig – ADNL Secretary

Mariaan is also South-African and is new to the ADNL Committee this year.  She brings her enthusiasm and passion for the game which she has played and loved since childhood.  She has loyal ties to Fujairah netball where she was an active memeber and player, and still represents in Inter Gulf.  As a player in the Abu Dhabi League and a daughter in the Juniors, we welcome Mariaan’s contribution to the committee this year as Secretary.

E: info@netballabudhabi.com


Adele Van Heerden – ADNL Treasurer

Adele brings to the ADNL committee a vast experience in accounting and a love of numbers!  She is excited about contributing to the continued growth of netball in Abu Dhabi, particularly the Youth section where her daughter is very actively involved.  We welcome Adele to the committee this year in the role of ADNL Treasurer.




Lisa Proctor – Head of Capital Netball Academy

Lisa is from England and has been in Abu Dhabi for four years, playing netball in the league and representing Abu Dhabi in the Inter-gulf competition and the Dubai 7’s tournament.  A qualified PE Teacher and netball coach, Lisa commenced last season with ADNL as the Junior Development Officer, kicking off what was an amazing first season of ADNL Juniors.  Growing the Juniors from 0 – 100+ in less than 12 months, Lisa and her coaching team lead the junior teams through an incredibly successful first season, winning a bucket load of trophies on the way.  Lisa was deservedly awarded Best Coach/Manager at the 2017 UAE Teen Awards.  We are fortunate to have Lisa heading up our junior and youth netball programs, re-branded in 2019 as Capital Netball Academy.

E: mailto:juniorndo@netballabudhabi.com