The Hunter Volleyball committee has had a busy start to the year with 2022 programming in two venues and across three days, and can hardly believe we’re almost at the halfway mark already!
Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on around our participation hubs.
HUNTER VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES
Our 2022/23 Membership Drive has commenced via the online registration portal 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. Follow the link to register online today for your Primary Recreational (Adult or U18) fees. If you are a member of another volleyball club and also participate in Hunter Volleyball programs, you need a Secondary Recreational (Adult or U18) membership which attracts the HV Member Levy only.
The Senior representative program recently conducted a Phase 2 intake trial for some additional members to join the senior men’s and women’s teams. The four teams will commence the second phase of their program to prepare for the VNSW Club Championships (August and September), VNSW State Cup (October), and Good Neighbour Canberra (November).
The new Junior representative program model in collaboration with Hunter Academy of Sport. The four teams competed in the 2022 RASi Games in Wagga Wagga in April, and are now undertaking their Strength & Conditioning and Wellbeing modules ahead of the Volleyball NSW RASi challenge in August. From there, Hunter Volleyball will takeover teams to compete at the VNSW Junior State Cup Sydney (November) and Good Neighbour Canberra (November).
There’ll be some fun community fundraising activities coming in the following months, so look out for how you can support our region’s amazing representatives!
NEWCASTLE CITY HUB
We are in the home straight of the Tuesday night social competition, with the 17 teams now battling for Finals positions over the next fortnight. You can follow the action of the Social competition under the SOCIALISE menus. There’ll be a short Winter competition, and some come and try evenings for new players looking for teams! Keep an eye out on the website and Facebook Page for details.
The new Newcastle Basketball Stadium relocation and development proposal now appears to be heading to Glendale adjacent to the Hunter Sports Centre. We eagerly await more information about the development, space and facilities for volleyball, and what opportunities may arise for the growth of volleyball participation!
LAKE MACQUARIE HUB
The Wednesday afternoon juniors programs at Gateshead are still booming! We have completed our Term 1 U15 Spikeroos and U17 Boys and Girls Junior Social Competitions, which are building the participation base and skill levels of our players who are progressing into the RASi programs, trialling for NSW Phoenix representative teams, and progressing to the inaugural Junior Volleyball League launching in June 2022.
All information about current and upcoming junior programs is available on the Juniors page of our website.
Demand for court space and time is high but availability is an ongoing challenge we are trying to manage as we seek out new venues such as schools and build relationships as community hirers bring more participation opportunities to kids across the region.
The Wednesday night Women’s Competition is about to start its Winter season with six teams playing at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm timeslots. We continue to recruit adult womens seeking a team and it’s great to see everyone getting into the spirit of this competitive, social environment. There’s a women’s social training on Monday 23rd May if you’re looking to join a team for the Winter competition.
NEWY BEACHES HUB
Details about the HV Newy Beaches regional beach reps program will be developed over the coming months and announcements made by Spring! In the meantime save these dates for some of the fun social tournaments we’ll be delivering:
Saturday 29th October – Halloween
Saturday 10th December – Christmas
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 as beach reserves administered by City of Newcastle. The equipment owned and maintained by Hunter Volleyball members over 30 years is a high priority, and we work with other community users who delivery events and competitions on these beaches.
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 continue to seek out and negotiate venue options with local schools, however have not yet got an agreement in place to start delivering programs in Maitland which will strengthen the regional network and in turn pave the way for inter-city competitions now likely to commence in 2023! We’ll keep working on this as a strategic priority of Hunter Volleyball.