Next gen shine at National Development Program camps
Hot on the heels of the highly successful 2023 Australian Volleyball Schools Cup on the Gold Coast, Volleyball Australia hosted a series of National Development Program (NDP) camps across Queensland.
More than 450 players from around the country assembled in Toowoomba and on the Gold Coast from 9 to 16 December. They were joined by 70 coaches to learn more about the sport and the pathways to the top levels of both the beach and indoor versions of the game.
Paul Smith, Volleyball Australia’s National Performance Pathways Manager, said the camps provided a unique environment for talented young athletes to learn more about high performance under the guidance of some of the best coaches in the country.
“Our NDP camps have again provided an invaluable opportunity for athletes and coaches to come together to learn and develop their skills under the direction of national coaches,” said Smith.
“All age groups were catered for with the highlight being the introduction of the concept to our Under 14 talented athletes and coaches, beginning their national performance pathway journey with us for the first time”.
In addition to an on-court focus on skill acquisition and analysis, players and coaches also learned more about athlete wellbeing and education, player pathways, overseas opportunities including the College system and sport integrity.
Current Volleyroos Laura Reeks, Mikaela Stevens and Max Senica were able to provide the next generation with first-hand experience of their athletic journeys, and were joined by former national players-turned-coaches Kell Lean, Nicole Hannan, Ange Gaviglio and Kathryn Chen.