Volleyball Australia is excited to have hosted the first ever FIVB Level 2 Coaching Course in Australia this week.

29 coaches from right across Australia came together in Sydney for the three day course led by presenter Peter Nonnenbroich.

Nonnenbroich hails from Germany, and has a wealth of experience coaching professionally, having been at the helm of numerous European clubs for a career spanning more than 30 years.

Nonnenbroich’s career highlights include being appointed as the Head Coach for Cameroon, Lebanon, Kenya and Switzerland’s national teams.

Volleyball NSW Mentor Coach Ian Garrett said it was a great experience getting to learn from someone of Peter’s calibre.

“Being able to learn from a coach with the experience of Peter is a rare opportunity in Australia,” Garrett said.

“After a few years of limited opportunities due to travel restrictions and COVID-19 lockdowns, it is great to be back with some sort of normality, conversing with other coaches about what happens in their home state and organisation.

“Any opportunity to network with other coaches is a great one, and it’s been a good couple of days,” he said.

Desirae Tan, Volleyball Western Australia’s Youth Pathways Coordinator, was one of the coaches who took part, and said it was an invaluable learning opportunity.

“I learnt a lot about how to elevate my own coaching at a domestic level with elite and professional practices,” Tan said.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to hear success stories about various national teams and learning about the secrets to those successes.

“Considering we haven’t been able to share knowledge with overseas coaches for so long, it’s useful to add some outside knowledge to the current knowledge of the Australian coaching system,” she said.

Eric Smith, from Toowoomba Volleyball Club in Queensland, said not only was it great to learn from Nonnenbroich, but also the other coaches taking part.

“Learning from the experience of a multi-national coach such as Peter cannot be expressed in words,” Smith said.

“Apart from the obvious technical approaches to the sport, there are also the many life lessons and chance happenings that are relayed that bring a greater sense of realism to the instruction.

“Bonding with other coaches from across the nation is also extremely invaluable.

“The forging and rekindling of friendships, and the sharing of so many aspects of the game we all love, help us all take away a great deal to make improvements to our current programs and coaching philosophy,” he said.

Volleyball Australia National Education Manager Nam Pham thanked Nonnenbroich for his time, and said it was a fantastic course.

“It was great to be able to hold the first ever FIVB Level 2 Coaching Course in Sydney this week,” Pham said.

“The opportunity for our coaches to learn from an international expert not only provides them with a different perspective, but equips them with the knowledge required to be a successful coach.

“A lot of these coaches will be leading their teams in the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships this week, and I can’t wait to see them apply what they have learnt from the course,” he said.

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