What an exciting week of volleyball activities in the Pilbara!


Volleyball WA with funding support from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) was pleased to be able to support its North West Volleyball Clubs and the growing playing community in the Pilbara this week.

The grant money provided the means to send Steve Page, a Level 3 Coach and Referee, to the region for various clinics and training sessions. This opportunity allowed Steve to deliver several school clinics and a junior community clinic, providing valuable training that might not have been readily available otherwise. The youth were not the only ones to benefit from Steve’s expertise, he also introduced the senior community to the game by running a Chair Volley session at the local recreation centre.

In addition to the clinics, Steve also dedicated time to upskill teachers in the region. By sharing his expertise, he empowered them to continue delivering the sport in schools even after his visit. This knowledge transfer ensures that the impact of the grant money extends beyond the immediate clinics and reaches a broader audience.

Furthermore, Steve’s presence allowed local referees to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the game. By working closely with them, he provided them with a valuable opportunity to improve their skills and develop a deeper understanding of the sport. This not only benefits the referees themselves but also contributes to the overall quality of officiating in the region.

Kirsten Tyson, Volleyball WA’s Club and People Development Coordinator also joined Steve in the region, Kirsten’s presence added another valuable dimension to the activities and engagements in the area.

During her time in the region, Kirsten took the opportunity to meet with state and local government representatives. These meetings are crucial for building relationships and fostering support for volleyball initiatives at various levels. By engaging with government officials, Kirsten and the team can advocate for the sport and potentially secure additional resources and support for future programs and development.

Kirsten also met with local clubs, associations and player groups, which is essential for understanding the needs and aspirations of the local volleyball community. By having face-to-face interactions, Kirsten was able to establish personal connections, listen to their feedback, and identify areas where Volleyball WA can provide assistance and resources. This direct engagement helps in building a stronger volleyball community and tailoring future initiatives to meet the specific needs of the region.

Kirsten also had the opportunity to meet with  the newly affiliated association, Tom Price Volleyball Association. This face-to-face meeting allowed Kirsten to introduce herself, discuss potential collaborations, and explore how Volleyball WA can support the club’s development and growth. This interaction marks an important step in establishing a productive relationship with the  Association and fostering a positive volleyball environment in the area.

The trip concluded with a showcase of local talent at the inaugural North West Volleyball Region Tournament  hosted by the North West Volleyball Association. Ten teams from Tom Price, Exmouth, Newman, Port Hedland, and Karratha competed across the one-day event, The Karratha Laming-tons narrowly defeating the Hedland Notorious.

The collaboration and success of this year’s event have set the stage for an even more extraordinary experience next year. With the dedication of organisers, the feedback of participants, and the excitement surrounding the event, next year’s event promises to be a thrilling continuation of the shared passion and camaraderie that defines the event.

The State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is a major supporter of Volleyball WA’s Pilbara Development Trip in Western Australia. Sport and recreation creates vibrant, inclusive and connected communities.


For more information visit www.volleyballwa.com.au.