Volleyball WA was happy to be out travelling to the regions again bringing the game of Volleyball to regional communities from Dongara to Northampton and east to Morawa. This was thanks to an Active Regional Communities Grant received from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to do Volleyball development in the Mid West region.
During our week in the region, we had 344 students attend our school clinics from Mullewa, Northampton, Kalbarri, Champion Bay and Jurien Bay District High Schools as well as Nagle Catholic College. To ensure that schools will continue to develop the sport in the region, we also put 2 teachers through their paces at our professional development course and had 6 teachers actively involved in learning from our coaches at the clinic sessions.
The timing of this extra training could not have been better as several schools in the region are currently preparing to compete at School Sport Country Week June 28 – July 2 in Perth. Hopefully, the additional coaching might give them an edge!
Twelve Geraldton Beach Volleyball Club members enjoyed the opportunity to gain some expert coaching from Artem Ipatyev (AVAcademy) to improve their beach game during our visit. Frederick Pritchard, Secretary Geraldton Beach Volleyball Club said” It was fantastic! Everyone enjoyed the coaching sessions and got something out of it, we will be more than happy to have Artem back up in Geraldton to share his experience and knowledge of the game with us”. The rains affected the Junior Beach Volleyball session that was also scheduled but we hope to return to run additional activities in the future.
Our Places to Play Coordinator Paul Oldfield was also kept busy, meeting with several key stakeholders in the region including the DLGSC Mid West Office, the Shire of Mullewa (Mullewa Rec Centre), Irwin Recreation Centre, Geraldton Amateur Basketball Centre, City of Greater Geraldton (Geraldton Aquarena), Shire of Mingenew and the Shire of Morawa. Couple this with the conversations we have also had with the PCYC Carnarvon and the growth and development of Volleyball in the region looks strong.
Volleyball WA’s Mid West development trip was made possible through the support of the State Government through the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries. Sport and Recreation builds stronger, healthier, happier, and safer communities and we are pleased that the game of Volleyball can contribute to this outcome.
For more information contact our Places to Play Coordinator on 9228 8522.