Kent Netball Archive

Kent Archives LogoMartina Bergman Österberg is noted for having played a pivotal role in the early development of Netball.

Netball was derived from basketball, invented in the United States in 1891. The rules of this game were modified by Madame Österberg’s students at Dartford over several years and acquired the new name of ‘net ball’.

With the roots of Netball firmly established in Kent and the formation of the Kent County Netball Association in 1930, a group of Kent Life Members met in 2009 and agreed the urgent necessity to begin archiving the historical records.

Since 2010 the Kent archivists have been collecting and archiving hundreds of photographs and documents donated or loaned by netballers throughout the county. The Kent Netball Archive is housed, together with the BÖU Archive, at North Kent College in Dartford.

The Kent Netball Archive can be viewed on Wednesday afternoons in consultation with: Rosemary Moon, the Bergman Österberg Union archivist, at:

Or you can search the Kent Netball Archive here.