The Junior Development Program (JDP) is the cornerstone of Volleyball Australia’s pathway to performance.
The JDP is a national camps and international tours based program for targeted volleyball and beach volleyball athletes from across Australia.
The program continuously produces an experienced pool of international quality players capable of sustaining a professional volleyball career and suitable for selection as a senior Volleyroo. In addition to the identification and development of our future Volleyroos, the JDP also supports the broader development of volleyball talent and promotion of volleyball as a sport of choice across the country. A complimentary purpose of the JDP is to provide a structured coach development program to grow the coaching talent in Australia.
Athletes and coaches may represent their country on various development tours including at Asian and/or World Under-Age Championships. The primary entry point for the national JDP are through a Rising Stars talent camp.
The JDP is underpinned by the VA Centres of Excellence (CoE) and a federation of elite development programs and volleyball academies across Australia. The national CoEs are located at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for Volleyball and at the South Australian Institute of Sport in Adelaide for Beach Volleyball.
Volleyball Australia talent scouts attend most state and national junior competitions on the lookout for new talent; however, the primary entry point for the national JDP is through a Rising Stars camps. Check out the Rising Stars page or your State association for more information. Identified athletes will receive invitations to one of the national development camps.
Age-group squads will be selected annually based on current performance and future potential. These squads will form the basis of invitations for camps and tours over that year. New talent identified throughout the year may also be invited to activities.
Excellent coaching is at the core of the JDP and the future of volleyball in Australia. Coaches who are considering contributing to and learning from the JDP can find further information at this link: https://goo.gl/BjWmxH