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Exciting times ahead for Western Region volleyballers

The appointment of a Western Region volleyball development officer will go a long way towards boosting the sport across this side of the state.
Volleyball Victoria general manager Geoff Rietschel confirmed money had been set aside to help with the establishment of the position, which will initially be for three years. All that is left to do is confirm commitment from associations in Warrnambool, Bendigo, Ballarat, Mildura and Horsham before an appointment can be made.
Already the Western Phantoms Volleyball Club has agreed to support the position. Discussions with the associations will occur in January.
This commitment by Volleyball Victoria in our region underlines the great work of many volunteers over a long period of time, in making volleyball the sport of choice for a lot of young people.
To have our own dedicated development officer takes the pressure off volunteers and enables them to devote their energies elsewhere for the betterment of their associations.
The development officer will be based in Horsham at the offices of the Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly and will work with associations on firstly establishing school visitations as well as working closely with the associations on their development and sustainability.
Volleyball Australia is working through how best to allocate participation funding.
Volleyball Victoria has discussed the development officer position with Volleyball Australia with the hope that matching funding might be forthcoming sometime in mid-2017.
Already we have seen exciting news come out of Canberra for the sport going forward.
A full-time women’s program has been established at the Australian Institute of Sport, Australia will host the group finals of World League and Women’s World Grand Prix in 2017.
More opportunities will be forthcoming for grass-roots players to be identified at National level with the establishment of more camps across the country where National coaches will be in attendance.
While these initiatives seem to be way out of reach of the local players, we know through the efforts of Volleyball Horsham players and coaches this year who participated at National Juniors and National Schools Cup that in three to five years their dreams of coaching-playing for their country might become a reality.

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