Another ANZAC clash looming at Scarborough


While Australia and New Zealand will be battling for one-day cricket supremacy at the MCG on Sunday, on the other side of the country another ANZAC clash for sporting dominance is looming.

But instead of the luscious green grass of Australian cricket’s premiere venue, this contest will unfold on the scorching hot sand of one of Australia’s most famous beaches, Scarborough.

And while Australians might laughingly dismiss any notion of quality New Zealand beaches, in Mike Watson and Sam O’Dea the Kiwis have produced an outstanding beach volleyball combination.

The pair won the Oceania Championships at Manly Beach in November, followed up with a win on the Australian national tour at Surfers Paradise in January, and now hope to add Scarborough Beach to their list of conquests.

But there’s a strong Western Australian contingent who will have a strong say in the Sunday action.

Australia’s second-ranked combination of Josh Court, from WA, and Victorian Damien Schumann will be the New Zealanders first obstacle.

Court and Schumann lost the Surfers Paradise final to Watson and O’Dea.

They were last week named as one of two Australian teams to contest this year’s World Volleyball Championships in The Netherlands.

In the other men’s semi, top seeds Chris McHugh and Bo Soderberg will take on Western Australian pair, Casey Grice and Cole Durant.

The women’s semi-finals will also take on an International flavor, with the European combination of Michaela Vorlova and Lucia Michalovicova taking on Australian top seeds Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy.

In the other semi, London Olympian Becchara Palmer and World U23 champion, Mariafe Artacho del Solar, will take on two-time Olympian, Tamsin Hinchley, and Manly’s Sarah Battaglene.

WPV International referee course in Poland May 11th to 17th 2015


World ParaVolley are welcoming individuals to attend in the World ParaVolley International Referee course in Elblag, Poland.

This course will run for 5 days, from the 12th of May til the 16th of May 2015.

Additional information can be found here (the two attached files)

Interested officials should contact their state association with an expression of interest.

Setting up for success



From the 11th to the 13th of March 2015, Volleyball Australia conducted a workshop focused on pathways and the FTEM (Fundamentals, Talent, Elite, and Mastery) pathway framework. Volleyball Australia took a giant step forward in collective thinking as the States Executive Directors, National High Performance coaches from beach men's, women's and indoor plus management staff came together to further plan the future of Volleyball within Australia.

Volleyball Australia operates a coach education & development program so individuals can enter the pathway as a coach, with little or no knowledge of the sport. Progress along this pathway is designed to allow a coach to grow within one of the Volleyball Team Australia national programs. Many Australian coaches have been able to obtain professional contracts coaching overseas clubs or athletes in either Volleyball or Beach Volleyball.

Training programs endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission as part of their National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) form the basis of the education & development program offered by Volleyball Australia.

A diagrammatical representation of the coach education & development pathway can be accessed below:

Coach Education & Development Pathway

National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS)

Volleyball Australia offers the following NCAS courses:

  • Level 1 Volleyball/Beach Volleyball Coach Training Program
  • Level 2 Volleyball/Beach Volleyball Coach Training Program

Stages of Volleyball Australia's Coach Education & Development Program

Volleyball Australia recognises the following stages of accreditation for its coaches:

  • Level 1 Coach Candidate - awarded following completion of the theory component of the NCAS Level 1 Training Program
  • Level 1 Coach - awarded following full completion of the NCAS Level 1 Training Program
  • Level 2 Coach Candidate - awarded following completion of the theory component of the NCAS Level 2 Training Program
  • Level 2 Coach - awarded following full completion of the NCAS Level 2 Training Program

To read a fuller explanation of the Coach Education & Development Program currently used by Volleyball Australia, please access the document below:

Overview of Coach Education & Development - Volleyball & Beach Volleyball

Introduction to Coaching Accreditation

Many of Volleyball Australia's affiliated Member States currently offer an 'Introduction to Coaching Course', also known as Level 0, which is viewed as a course for beginners with little or no knowledge of volleyball. For further information about options for attending this course in your State please contact your State Volleyball Organisation. More information click here

For further information about accessing the Coach Education & Development Program please visit the following web pages within this site:

NCAS Coach Training Programs - provides information on scheduled NCAS Volleyball/Beach Volleyball Coach Training Programs and contacts in each State to register interest in attending a training program course




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