Volleyball WA has further extended volleyball across the water, as part of the Alcohol Think Again Regional Accessible Program. With the assistance of funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Volleyball WA was able to visit Christmas Island.
Christmas Island expressed an interest to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries for a visit from Volleyball WA. Experienced Level 3 Elite Coach, Mandy Combes, flew over to the island and visited from 12th March to 19th March 2019. During the trip, Mandy conducted school clinics, sessions with the Country Week teams and volleyball sessions with the community.
The school clinics were conducted at Christmas Island District High School with classes ranging from Year 3’s to Year 12’s, training sessions with the Country Week boys and girls squads, and assisted with a local competition at the recreation centre. During the week visit, over 200 participants took part in the activities.
“The students were very good at volleyball as they practice and play nearly every day at lunchtime. They were well behaved, keen students and had heaps of fun. I look forward to re-engaging with the Country Week teams in Term 2 to see how they have implemented some new ideas, strategies and tactics” Level 3 Elite Coach Mandy Combes said.
The funding received from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has helped with the development of volleyball in the school and the community. It provided an opportunity for the community to gain coaching skills and knowledge in the delivery of volleyball to young people.
Volleyball WA will continue to support the development of volleyball on Christmas Island with the schools and recreation centre. To find out more and to discover how your club can get involved, please contact Volleyball WA.