The Alcohol. Think Again Regional Program has again been a part of Volleyball WA taking a trip to regional Western Australia. Funding received from the Pilbara Sports Academy through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has assisted Volleyball WA in visiting Karratha, in the Pilbara region.

After a trip in August 2018 had to be cancelled due to bad timing, Volleyball WA was able to utilise that funding for a trip this year. Level 3 Coach, Steve Page, flew up to Karratha to conduct school clinics, a Teacher PD, a Level 2 Coach Course and also made time to take a training session with club members from the North West Volleyball Association. Steve was in Karratha from 28th March to 2nd April 2019.

The school clinics were conducted at four different schools (5 high school sessions and 6 primary school sessions) in Karratha with a range of year groups participating. A number of teachers from these schools also took part in the Teacher PD. From these activities, including the Level 2 Coach Course and the training session, over 275 participants took part across the visit.

“Given I had a free day on the Sunday, the coaches asked if I would be prepared to run a free coaching session for some of their club members which I agreed to. This was run as a mid-level skills session but with particular emphasis on how to coach the skills and how to apply some of the material from the coaching course” Level 3 Coach Steve Page said.

The development of volleyball and volleyball clubs in regional Western Australia is assisted by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The funding Volleyball WA receives is important to grow the sport, develop athletes, upskill teachers and upskill coaches at regional volleyball clubs.

Volleyball WA will continue to support the development of volleyball for schools in Karratha, the North West Volleyball Association and throughout regional WA. To find out more and to discover how your club can get involved, please contact Volleyball WA.