Regional Volleyball primed for growth in 2020

Volleyball WA has had a massive year in Regional WA. Through events like Optus Volley by the Bay 2019 and the Alcohol. Think Again Regional Program, the sport has started to develop and implement vital new roles and strategies to make volleyball the game for all.

Through the Alcohol. Think Again Regional Program, Volleyball WA has been able to deliver volleyball sessions in four regional areas of WA; Goldfields-Esperance, Pilbara, Mid-West and the Kimberley. Volleyball WA was also able to access additional funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to conduct sessions on Christmas Island.

From these five trips, Volleyball WA delivered 13 School Volley clinics, upskill 25 teachers through our Teacher PD course and provide a Level One Coaching course in the South West. In total, these trips allowed Volleyball WA to engage more than 950 participants and strengthen the growing footprint of volleyball in regional WA.

“It’s great to see that volleyball is quickly becoming such a popular game throughout Western Australia. Our regional trips and events have allowed the organisation to connect with important local organisations in our endeavour to develop self-sufficient regional volleyball hubs.” Volleyball WA CEO Robyn Kuhl said.

The regional engagement has provided Volleyball WA with a foundation for the sport and assisted in developing the organisations new ‘Places to Play’ strategies. In 2019 Volleyball WA has completed three regional Places to Play strategy documents for Peel, Pilbara and the Kimberly. Outlining where the sport is being played, by who and identifying potential partnerships, Kuhl said the documents were ‘integral to the sports strategic development’.

“In conjunction with Volleyball WA’s first Regional Officer in WA’s South West, Kim Maguire, we’ve been able to understand the sport’s footprint better and thus to service the regions better. And now thanks to funding from the WA Government and Volleyball Australia, we will be expanding these services further in 2020.”

Next Year Volleyball WA will complete an additional six regional Places to Play strategies and employ two new positions, a Places to Play Coordinator and a Kimberly (based in Broome) Regional Officer.

Volleyball WA would like to thank Healthway and their Alcohol. Think Again Message, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, as well as Mandy Combes and Steve Page for assisting us in delivering these vital programs.

To discover how your club or school can get involved, please contact the Volleyball WA offices on 08 9228 8522 or via [email protected]