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VVA Beach Update

Hi guys, As most of you know we have been working on making some changes to VVA’s beach program. The reason is to keep the VVA program viable for the program’s coaches. Under the current structure annual members of VVA don’t pay anything to the coaches running the sessions. In order for VVA to retain its coaches and continue implementing the style of beach volleyball we have developed we will no longer be able to offer an annual membership fee option. This will come into effect once National Tour ends at the start of March 2014.

Players must register in advance for group sessions so that we can work out coaching requirements. To register head to http://vvabeach.signupsheet.com A waiting list will be made available should it be required.

In addition to the group sessions, we are implementing private session time slots for those of you dedicated to reaching the highest levels of the game. Private training will be available from Haydn Ellis, Sange Carter and Damien Schumann. Check out the link attached to the VVA Beach Calendar. If demand for group sessions is high then a second group training may be added.

Finally, we will be running training camp style weekends on a regular basis. This will allow us to invite athletes from interstate to join us in a full weekend of training. Haydn will run both days and players will be able to train at 2 sessions per day on both Saturday and Sunday. Each session will be 3 hours in duration. Training camps will vary depending on demand and may be specific to a particular group of players (e.g. elite women). See below for the new details regarding weekend training times.

VVA Saturday Sessions:


Open Group Training -

  • Time: 8am - 11am
  • Cost: $30 per player. (All players must be registered with VVA - $55 per annum).
  • Capped at 8 men and 12 women
  • Coach: Haydn Ellis. Based on numbers an assistant coach may be present (Damien Schumann, Josh Court or Owen Boland)
  • Registration and VVA membership required.

Private Sessions -

  • Time: 11am onwards.
  • Max 4 players by appointment only.

VVA Sunday Sessions:


  • 8:30-10:30 Open Junior Training (U19) $20
  • 10:30-1:00 Open Intermediate Group $25
  • Coach: Sange Carter (Damien Schumann/Josh Court)
  • Capped at 20 athletes per session
  • Registration and VVA $55 annual membership required.
  • Juniors may participate in the Intermediate session at $10.

New Sponsor to VVA

VVA is proud to announce its newest venue sponsor with the Darcy Group; The Darcy Group is a family owned, multi-venue operation that represents over four decades of experience within the Australian Hospitality Industry. The Darcy‘s ventured to Richmond in 2009 to refurbish and revive the site formerly known as the Depot Hotel, into the grand and sophisticated Precinct Hotel that is so popular today. Close to the heart of the AFL action and the Darcy family values, its proximity to the MCG, has seen Precinct Hotel develop into a well-respected venue attracting sports fans, business clients and faithful live music, weekend enthusiasts. In the wake of this success, the Darcy family has expanded it’s portfolio with two new venues, boasting prime positioning inside South Wharf – Melbourne Public and Citizen bar & café. As well, the recent acquisition of Motel Nightclub has firmly established the Darcy Group, which will continue to prosper and expand through the combined passion, experience and expertise of the Darcy Family members.

All Volleyball people will be welcomed to these establishments for social gatherings, birthdays, functions or whatever your needs require; the Darcy Group will ensure you will be satisfied. Go to www.victorianvolleyballacademy.com.au and click on “Sponsor Deals” page to see current offers and also contact the Darcy group direct for any function specials for you or your club.

Alysha Darcy - alysha@darcygroup.com.au

VVA New Jump Coach

VVA would like to welcome its newest member to the Strength and Conditioning department Alwyn Jones - is a Triple and Long Jumper for 12 years and has won 4 open National championships, has represented Australia at the world junior championships, world university championships, world championships (Berlin 2009) and at the 2006 Commonwealth games placing 3rd and currently training to prepare for this year’s World Championships in Moscow. "I have a passion for coaching and have been doing so for over 8 years now and work with many schools across Melbourne, including Melbourne Grammar, St Catherine’s, Westbourne Grammar, Ivanhoe Girls, Pegs etc. I have mainly focused on elite track and field technical development, injury prevention and rehab and now most recently power and explosive focused training. I am a level 3 elite jumps coach and am in my fourth and final year of my exercise science, Volleyball is one of my favourite sports to watch and i think the jumping and explosive elements of the game are very similar to track and field. A large portion of the training i have done myself would be ideal to further increase the player’s vertical leaps, their quick reaction times on the ground, their overall level of athleticism and most importantly their techniques. We can effectively develop all of the smaller areas, like their flexibility, agility, Muscle Corporation, joint strength, max power outputs and direct their power into a better direction on the court. This should greatly increase their chances of getting to the next level and being elite players capable of competing against the best in the world" Alwyn Jones

AVL Trials with “Victorian” Team

The Victorian Men’s and Women’s AVL trials will commence the week beginning March 18th, if you want to be selected you must attend these trials as there will be no other opportunity available. We are looking for an early start to the season so we can win the elusive Gold medal and ensure we are in the best possible physical and technical state. This team operates under the banner of “Victorian Volleyball Academy” and if you wish to trial please go to www.victorianvolleyballacademy.com.au and complete the Expression of Interest Form and return to admin@victorianvolleyballacademy.com.au

The trials are open to all athletes:

  • Men Trials – Monday 18th March 730pm
  • Women –Wednesday 20th March 730pm
  • Venue: Maribrynong Sports Academy, River st Maribrynong

VVA Victorian Teams invited to New Caledonia for Volleyball Series

The senior teams of the VVA’s Men and Women AVL outfits have been invited back to New Caledonia to compete in a 4 test series in June this year. The last time we took a Victorian outfit to New Caledonia it was an impressive trip with our team coming away with a 2-2 drawn series against a quality National team. The AVL selection on March 18 and 20 will be the selection for the AVL teams and also touring New Caledonia trip. See you at trials.

Press Release – Victorian Volleyball Academy

It is with great pleasure that I introduce the “Victorian Volleyball Academy” (VVA). The Academy will provide aspiring and elite Indoor/Beach volleyball athletes a state of the art; training facility combined with the best coaching, directors, trainers, Sports Psychologist, Sports Nutritionist, Sports Chiropractor, strength and conditioning coaches to achieve the targeted results required for each athlete. VVA will be based at the new Maribrynong Sports Facility with access to 4 full size indoor courts, 3 outdoor Beach courts, a full size FIVB court, Strength and Conditioning Centre, rehab facility and Hi Tech equipment for video analysts.

Mahamoud (Bubs) Fahour, creator of VVA, explains: “my time at Volleyball Victoria provided me the opportunity to meet really exceptional volleyball people who had a vision and passion that was for the wider volleyball community and elite athletes who never were provided real volleyball development and National/International opportunities”. I am very fortunate to have been able to team up with Victoria University and Maribrynong Sports Academy that allows me to present to you “Victorian Volleyball Academy”. The support provided by these two organisations has been overwhelming and it’s great to have them share this vision with me. Other than myself I am pleased to also introduce two important people who will play a big role in VVA; George Santamaria (Indoor Program Director) and Haydn Ellis (Beach Program Director) who I consider the two best people in this form of the game in Australia driving our vision and program.

AVL Trials with “Victorian” Team

The Victorian Men’s and Women’s AVL trials will commence the week beginning March 18th, if you want to be selected you must attend these trials as there will be no other opportunity available. We are looking for an early start to the season so we can win the elusive Gold medal and ensure we are in the best possible physical and technical state. This team operates under the banner of “Victorian Volleyball Academy” and if you wish to trial please go to www.victorianvolleyballacademy.com.au and complete the Expression of Interest Form and return to admin@victorianvolleyballacademy.com.au

The trials are open to all athletes;

  • Men Trials – Monday 18th March 730pm
  • Women –Wednesday 20th March 730pm

Venue: Maribrynong Sports Academy, River st Maribrynong

VVA Indoor

George Santamaria as program director will continue to drive the success of VVA’s senior teams in the National League but is also excited to develop some of the best young talent we have in Victoria. Utilising current athletes from our AVL program who are also national representatives give VVA the head start in ensuring quality development to those that join the VVA program.

Having some of the best Indoor Men and Women player in our academy allows me the opportunity to show case to our young developing athletes how to be the best. We have never had under one roof an academy that will house the best Victorian senior athletes and developing junior athletes training and playing in events internationally. VVA will not only conduct international events for the athletes but also training camps on international soil, this will be an amazing opportunity for anyone that joins our program.

VVA Beach

Haydn Ellis as program director is excited to have secured two of Australia’s most successful men’s teams amongst its elite program coaches. Owen Boland, Damien Schumann, Cedric Legrand and Josh Court are both training and coaching out of VVA’s Maribyrnong facility. We are also in the process of recruiting the best female teams in Australia. Haydn coaches both teams alongside Al Lyne and expert advice from Shane Ralston. VVA’s program will showcase the training methods and principles used by both VVA’s elite teams. VVA’s beach program will include a pathway that allows players an intermediate level to develop their game to World Tour standard. VVA – Beach will also accommodate players that have never played indoor volleyball. The strength of this program lies in its ability to convert players from indoor to sand as well as train players unique to beach volleyball.

“I’m really excited to be involved with VVA. The management behind VVA are exceptional people and this provides us with an opportunity to create a pathway to international competition.”

Haydn Ellis

To see more details or join the VVA, please go to website: www.victorianvolleyballacademy.com.au and also like our Facebook page – Victorian Volleyball Academy

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