Volleyball has grown in Western Australia and we’ve taken the important step to appoint additional roles to better support our community. We’re very pleased to announce five appointments as 2021 begins!
Please meet Paul, Sean, Sascha, Reachelle and Brad (pictured above from left to right). These new team members will certainly help Volleyball WA to drive the growth of the game into schools, new areas, new locations and new formats in the coming months.
You’ll meet each of the appointees through our events, programs and office activities in the near future. Please make them welcome!
Read on to find out more about our new team members and what they’ll be working on.
Reachelle Beasley joins VWA as Operations and Support Manager. Reachelle brings a strong background in management from her previous involvement in commercial and non-profit sectors, including her experience as CEO at Taranaki Hockey (New Zealand). Arriving in Perth only recently, Reachelle has lived outside of Australia for the past 10 years with her family.
Reachelle will focus on key strategic and operational areas of Volleyball and she’s eager to engage with the volleyball community:
“The team at Volleyball WA should be commended for the work they’ve completed in the past year in managing the COVID environment. I am looking forward to meeting the volleyball community and gaining an understanding of their views as we develop our next strategic plan and drive progress on our areas of improvement.”
Regional development will be a major focus for Volleyball WA in 2021 and we’re very proud to announce Bradley Barclay’s appointment as Regional Development Coordinator. Brad has an incredible story, representing the Australian Para Beach Volleyball squad in China in 2019 and having played beach volleyball for over 25 years.
Brad’s embracing this new challenge:
“Competition with the Australian Para Beach Volleyball squad has been disrupted but I’m really looking forward to the new role, supporting our regional clubs and promoting all disciplines of volleyball for junior athletes. I met my wife playing volleyball over 20 years ago and my two sons aged 9 and 11 now want to follow in our footsteps. Having junior programs running in the Peel and South West regions will provide kids of all ages new opportunities to improve and progress.”
Brad will bring his experience as coach, coordinator and volunteer of disability sports to this newly created position.
School and Junior Development
Sean Andrews brings a wealth of experience from the fields of business management and finance to Volleyball WA’s programs for younger participants.
In his role as Schools and Junior Development Coordinator, Sean’s focus will be on increasing the amount of kids playing volleyball through Kids Volley Spikezone Clinics and School Clinics.
This appointment is a chance for Sean to give a little back to the sport that he’s thoroughly enjoyed since he was at school:
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to work in an industry that I have loved for so long. I was introduced to volleyball by my Dad and started playing during high school in Queensland. Some of my fondest memories of school are playing in Schools Cup’s and representative sides during those years, and I’m looking forward to creating new opportunities for that kind of experience for others.”
Places to Play: An Initiative of Discover Volleyball
Paul Oldfield joins Volleyball WA as Places to Play Coordinator. This newly created role is an important part of Volleyball WA’s efforts to launch new formats which will get the wider community involved in volleyball.
Paul brings a lifelong, international career in sports development, which began in the UK, took him to Greece and Austria, before landing in Australia where he delivered the Community Tennis and Participation programs at Tennis West for 9 years. Paul is keen to apply his skills in working with clubs and key stakeholders to Volleyball WA’s new program:
“I’m excited to contribute to the sport of volleyball by increasing the number of places for people to play throughout Western Australia along with growing the game through VWA ‘Discover Volleyball’ initiatives.”
Communication and Marketing
With so much planned for 2021, it will be essential to keep the community and stakeholders up to date. The appointment of Sascha Stone to the position of Communication & Marketing Coordinator role is the final piece of the puzzle.
Sascha’s addition to our team will bring a renewed flair to Volleyball WA’s marketing:
“The role represents an exciting new challenge for me, an opportunity to apply my skills to sports marketing and provide a fresh perspective to the organisation. I’ll be focused on raising the profile of the sport, increasing our engagement and updating our public interface”.
Sascha has a strong background in tourism and event marketing and has specialised in brand development and destination marketing. Sascha offers a new perspective for us, having previously worked in Australia and overseas for the national tourism body, Tourism Australia.
We’re Looking Forward to 2021!
Thank you to all the applicants for the positions we’ve recently sought. We’re very happy to announce the appointments of Reachelle, Brad, Sean, Paul and Sascha and we’re confident the Volleyball WA team is well positioned for the next stage of the growth of our game.