Many athletes who are members of the Junior Development Program's National Under-Age Development Squads are successful in gaining an invitation to attend the Australian Volleyball Academy. The primary objective of the Australian Volleyball Academy (AVA) is to identify and develop Olympic potential athletes for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball. It is the High-Performance Development Program for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball athletes who aspire to reach the elite level of their sport. The AVA headquarters and training base for the centralised AVA development program are locations at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
The AVA provides a holistic development program, including physical, mental, and life skills training aimed at developing the attributes and abilities required to compete at the highest level. Athletes will graduate to the next level of the pathway where options include the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, North American college and European professional clubs.
An integrated approach to athlete development, including training in both volleyball and beach volleyball, is a key feature of the AVA approach, based on the principle that training in one discipline will produce performance benefits in the other. The intent is to grow the pool of talented young players who will compete for a place at the international level for Australia.
For more information on the Australian Volleyball Academy, please visit the AVA page.