Deal to secure future growth announced by Volleyball Australia


Volleyball Australia has capped off a fortnight of major announcements regarding the sport with an exciting decision concerning the future growth of volleyball in Australia.

IN a major breakthrough, Volleyball Australia has unveiled a four-year $4 million investment in a National Sport Participation and Pathway agenda.

The key to the program is the involvement of all States and Territories, working to develop the “We are Volleyball” agenda, which will be launched in April 2017.

Three previous investment sources will now be brought under one roof, creating a powerful fund that will revolutionise the way parties work together for the future of volleyball.

As part of the arrangement, there will now be direct local reinvestment of membership revenue into local participation and pathway activities.

“I could not be more excited to be where we are today,” Volleyball Australia CEO, Mathieu Meriaux, said.

“It has taken two years. This agenda will see unprecedented collaboration within the sport.”

The participation announcement follows on from the re-appointment of Craig Carracher as President of Volleyball Australia, and is the latest in several exciting developments for beach and indoor volleyball in Australia.

In recent weeks VA has announced Oceania’s first ever weekly show on a free-to-air television network, “Inside Volleyball”, the establishment of Australia’s first High Performance Centre for women’s volleyball at the AIS, the re-signing of a major sponsor, and the appointment of a new high performance team.

There are also expected to be several major announcements soon detailing major international beach and indoor volleyball events heading to Australia in 2017.

The meeting of Volleyball Australia stakeholders also signed off on an inclusive participation plan, and also discussed plans for a new national beach volleyball tour, which will see a revamping of the players’ national ranking system.

The newly appointed technical director of beach volleyball, Victor Anfiloff, outlined to the meeting his vision for the future of the sport in Australia.

The Board of Volleyball Australia is Craig Carracher (President), Anita Palm (VP), Malcolm Borgeaud (VP), Kerri Pottharst, Riad Tayeh, Tracey Holmes and Andrew Scotford.