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 located 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.

The AVA includes 2 squads of athletes supporting individualised, case managed programs of development and competition:

  1. Centralised squad based at AIS Canberra
    • 14 athletes per gender
    • Athletes trained in both disciplines
    • Training and development priority
  2. Decentralised squad with athletes based in state training environments
    • 10 athletes per gender
    • Programming by AVA Head Coach
    • Daily training delivery under direction of appointed state coaches
    • Competition priority

Strong links with State programs are a key part of the operational approach, in order to strengthen a vertically integrated approach to athlete development. This means that athletes who aspire to realise their potential for national competitions are developed using the same approach used to develop athletes for the international podium.


Program Format 

20-25 Hours per week comprising
  • Technical / tactical Volleyball / Beach Volleyball – Group and individual training
  • Physical – Strength and Conditioning, in gym & on court
  • Athlete Well Being & Life Skills – Education and counselling including career and education, nutrition, goal setting / monitoring