Record numbers attend the Volleyball youth trials

Numbers at the recent Volleyball WA youth trials for our state representative teams were up a staggering 65% this year. There were 89 girls and 107 boys who trialed for a total of approximately 40 positions across four different age divisions. This is very positive for our selection panel who have a broad talent pool from which to create our teams and we will most certainly be sending the very best to represent WA at the national level.

For those who aspire to join this group of players next year, there is a new program launching next term which could provide an edge.

In a joint initiative with AVAcademy, Southern Cross Volleyball Club is pleased to announce its Junior Academy program. The program is designed for young volleyballers to develop and refine their game outside regular school or club training and matches, drawing from the knowledge and experience of Artem Ipatyev and his coaching team.  “Our hope is that it provides opportunities for young athletes looking to develop their game to a competitive level,” said Southern Cross Volleyball Club President, Sean Andrews.

Artem said “We are also happy to announce our first collaborative indoor program with Southern Cross Club for juniors aged from 12 to 17 (boys and girls). This program aims to establish team spirit, additional skills for the game, advanced tactics, and psychological strength during games and training. We are targeting to improve the level of players and give them an opportunity to represent WA in the future”.

In 2020, Volleyball WA identified over 160,000 people playing Volleyball in WA. Kids Volley and Junior Volley participation numbers continue to grow across the state with additional programs being added each school term to provide an opportunity to all that want to play. All of this puts the sport in a very positive position for the future.

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