Volleyball Australia’s Junior Development Program is making its long-awaited return to the top end this weekend with a Junior Development Camp in Darwin, hosted by Volleyball Northern Territory. Lead by Women’s Volleyroos and Australian Volleyball Academy Women’s Head Coach Marty Collins, the camp aims to technically develop attending volleyball athletes and introduce systems of play. Marty will be supported by former National Team and professional player, Steve Lugge, to provide international quality coaching for local athletes as well as expert mentoring for attending coaches, including nationally aligned Talent Identification processes.
“I'm really looking forward to heading back up to the NT after running camps previously in Darwin, Alice Springs and Nhulunbuy as well as working for VNT leading indigenous community clinics across 2017/18,” said Collins. “The hard work by the VNT volunteers, not to mention Darwin Volleyball Association, over the past few years has led a dramatic increase in the number of juniors regularly playing all forms of volleyball. This camp is a necessity for us to get up there to further help develop the coaches and athletes as well as undertake talent identification for future national camps.”
Volleyball NT, along with Darwin Volleyball Association, has been running regular junior training sessions each week leading to exponential growth in participation, which has been reflected in the large number of athlete registrations for this development camp. Local coaches are also taking up this opportunity to learn from successful international coaches through the inclusion of a Level 2 Coaching Course as part of the camp, designed to assist coach development in the Territory.
Volleyball NT President, Luke Seib, is thrilled to be able to provide this opportunity to local athletes and coaches, saying “A Junior Development camp in the Top End is a great way to finish off a year of massive growth in Junior Volleyball. Our coaches and athletes are always excited to work with the National Program and we can’t wait to get stuck in.”
After a difficult year with volleyball across the country being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Junior Development Program is thrilled that it can end 2020 on a positive note. The program looks forward to being able to provide more development and competition opportunities for Junior athletes and coaches in 2021.
For more information on Volleyball Australia’s Junior Development Program, visit the Volleyball Australia website.