What’s On!

The Hunter Volleyball committee is busy preparing a number of activities over the coming months. We’ll be making some announcements shortly about new programs, venues, and events, but here’s a snapshot of what’s going on around our participation hubs.

Our 2021/22 Membership Drive has commenced, using Volleyball NSW’s new online registration portal partner, RevSPORT. Junior, Adult and non-playing memberships are now available and include a nominal Hunter Volleyball member levy and the Volleyball NSW member capitation fee.

Hunter Volleyball Inc’s inaugural AGM will be held on Saturday 15th May. Notice will be distributed to members and all are invited to attend. The AGM will be followed by a community workshop to discuss key strategies for 2021/22.

The representative program commenced in March with the announcement of our first intake of 4 junior and 4 senior teams, which will compete in the VNSW State Cup events (17-18 April) and Hunter Volleyball’s Regional Tournament (1-2 May). Second squad intakes will occur towards the end of May as we prepare teams for tournaments in June-September, and then consolidate the teams for the busy season of weekend tournaments in Wollongong, Newcastle, Sydney and Canberra between October-November!

We are mid-way through our Tuesday night social competition, with the large pool of B Grade teams shortly splitting off into separate B Grade and C Grade pools for the dash to medal finals. With so much interest in these two divisions, the format of this competition will act as the grading of teams heading into the Winter and Spring competitions moving forward. You can follow the action of the Social competition under the SOCIALISE menus.

There’s continued discussion about the new Newcastle Basketball Stadium at the Hillsborough Road development site, and what that means for volleyball in the long term. We are working closely with the NBS management on the needs of our growing volleyball community, and the impacts of relocating our current activities from Broadmeadow over to the new site. Further updates will be provided to members shortly, and continually as relocation timelines are established.

The Wednesday afternoon juniors programs at Gateshead are booming! We are mid-way through the mixed 14U and 16U Spikeroos program, as well as the boys and girls 18U Social Competitions. We made a conscious decision starting off 2021 to offer these as 16 week programs (instead of just eight) so that juniors got an intensive grounding in skills development and combined this with regular game opportunities. The proof is in the competitiveness of all players on court.

Demand for court space and time is high but availability is an ongoing challenge we are trying to manage. We are definitely enjoying the enthusiasm for volleyball being generated in part by Haikyu!! and all of the amazing volleyball taking place across the country which is inspiring the next generation. We currently have 14U and 16U waitlists for programs starting in Term 3, and will continue to work closely with new and returning parents on opportunities for players to participate where space allows.

The Wednesday night Women’s Competition continues with four teams contesting the new season competition, currently being played at later timeslots. We have welcomed a bunch of new women to the competition this season and it’s great to see everyone getting into the spirit of this competitive, social environment.

We hosted our fourth and final event for the 2020/21 season on Saturday 27th March, a mixed threes social tournament. It is a priority for the HV Committee to develop strong and sustainable relationships and programming for beach volleyball – one sport, many disciplines – utilising the assets of Newcastle and Nobbys Beaches. On 15th May, we’ll be hosting a club workshop to plan the resourcing and calendar of 2021/22 programs including local competitions, coach and player development, and major event hosting.

Social play continues all year around on Thursday and Sunday afternoons and all are welcome to organise pick-up games any time the mood, the weather, and availability suits!

We are progressing negotiations with a new venue based in the Maitland City area, and are very hopeful of commencing programs before the end of Term 2! Starting a participation hub in Maitland will strengthen the regional network by developing players and officials, which in turn will pave the way for inter-city competitions to commence in 2022!

Expressions of interest to join Maitland junior programs are now open and we cannot wait to make more formal announcements of new venue, program and coach details when they have been finalised in the coming weeks.

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