Volleyball Australia welcomes funding to revitalise Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra 

Volleyball Australia welcomes funding to revitalise Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra 

Volleyball Australia (VA) has welcomed today’s news from the Federal Government that the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) will receive $249.7 million investment to upgrade AIS facilities to ensure they are world-leading. 

VA has for many years rallied for increased support for infrastructure and technology investment, with today’s announcement a great start in the redevelopment of the site. 

As the long-standing home of Volleyball in Australia, VA is excited for initial proposals of what the masterplan for the new look AIS will include, that is designed to help sports to develop the next generation of talent on the road to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games. 

VA President, Craig Carracher AM, said the investment from the Federal Government into the AIS presents exciting opportunities in athlete development as well as delivering more world-class events to Australia. 

“On behalf of Volleyball Australia, I welcome the news today from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Minister for Sport Anika Wells, that the Australian Institute of Sport will be reinvigorated as a world-class facility and will receive the investment it needs to ensure our athletes have the greatest possible opportunity for success at the Olympic Games. 

“The AIS has been the long-standing home of Volleyball Australia and we called for support over the years for infrastructure upgrades and investment in the AIS, so that Australia can still remain at the forefront of developing athletes. Today’s announcement is a great start. 

“On the green and gold runway to the 2032 Olympics Games, Australia is well positioned to attract world class events to our country, and the AIS will provide a great facility for us to harness those opportunities across training and competition facilities. 

“In 2025, Australia will host the World Beach Volleyball Championships in Adelaide, South Australia with more than 50 nations expected to participate, the largest beach volleyball tournament to ever be held in the southern hemisphere.  We hope to be working with the Federal Government to deliver the event to the world and showcase not only the great sporting region of SA, but also the great sporting opportunities and facilities Australia offers across the country. The AIS should play an important preparatory role for our athletes and host our international visiting teams ahead of and after the Championships.

“As a sporting nation that will proudly host an Olympic Games, it is great to see investment into sport infrastructures to ensure that all levels of sport can benefit. 

“We have seen first hand the excellent opportunities the AIS presents in being the base of our Australian Volleyball Academy and we are excited for the opportunities this increased investment will bring to even more athletes,” he said. 

“While not all sports centre on the AIS, those that do not will appreciate the value for young Australians and the inspiration for tomorrow’s champions that the AIS still represents.  We encourage all athletes in all sports to welcome the investment and acknowledge the historical role of the AIS in our national sporting infrastructure and the future role it will play as we prepare for 2032 and beyond.”

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