VA, AIS and Sport Australia launch Beach Volleyball training facility in Canberra

Volleyball Australia in partnership with the AIS and Sport Australia launch Australia’s first all weather Beach Volleyball training facility in Canberra

Volleyball Australia’s quest to identify and develop the top beach volleyball talent with a key focus on Olympic success has been enhanced with the launching of a state of the art training facility at the AIS in Canberra.

Australia’s first all weather beach volleyball training facility has been established on an existing multi-purpose site at the AIS. This site has been transformed into two new indoor beach volleyball courts. The courts were established in a collaborative effort with Volleyball Australia, the AIS and Sport Australia.

More than 550 cubic metres of sand was sourced from a quarry in Newcastle after months of searching to find the right sand to meet International Volleyball Standards.

The indoor beach courts are part of Volleyball Australia’s vision to transform the Centre of Excellence scholarship program at the AIS to have athletes train for both indoor and beach as part of the same program.

The Centre of Excellence, which will now be known as the Australian Volleyball Academy, will be home to 14 male and 14 female players on scholarship.

Volleyball Australia CEO Andrew Dee said the facility will now allow athletes to train for both indoor and beach volleyball without having to travel or worry about the conditions, “This is a momentous occasion for volleyball in Australia. With state-of-the art beach and indoor training facilities, the AIS is now home to the Australian Volleyball Academy. The Academy will host the next generation of elite volleyball players in an integrated, full-time training program designed to achieve international volleyball success.”

AIS CEO Peter Conde says the decision to re-purpose the existing facility made perfect sense with the best indoor athletes already training full-time on the site, “We’re really pleased to be able to extend the AIS on-site offering to Volleyball Australia to provide further support to the beach program. This means athletes can have all their training and high performance needs met here in the one place.”

The facility will also feature state of the art technology to allow athletes and coaches to review their techniques and training drills in real time to improve performance.

The indoor beach volleyball training courts were officially opened by World Championship bronze medallist’s Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar.