Ju­niors the key

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Ex­po­sure gained from beach vol­ley­ball events at the Com­mon­wealth Games is be­ing used to build mo­men­tum for the next phase of de­vel­op­ment for the sport in Hor­sham and Mur­toa.

Vol­ley­ball’s ver­sion of Aus­kick – Spike­zone – will launch in the first week of May.

Wim­mera Re­gional Sports Assem­bly ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer David Berry said Spike­zone, for ju­niors aged be­tween seven and 12 years, was an en­try level vol­ley­ball pro­gram.

“Par­tic­i­pants re­ceive train­ing and game play over the course of an eight week pro­gram,” he said.

“The game is played on a bad­minton court with a softer ball, giv­ing ju­niors a bet­ter chance of de­vel­op­ing their skills. We’re ex­cited to bring Spike­zone to both Hor­sham and Mur­toa.

“With the softer ball and the op­por­tu­nity to learn all the skills, Vol­ley­ball Hor­sham be­lieves this is the right pro­gram to start younger par­tic­i­pants.

“This way we can help teach the young­sters the game, and they be­come bet­ter pre­pared for when they move into our ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion.”

Hor­sham’s pro­gram will be on a Wed­nes­day be­tween 4.45pm and 5.45pm, and the Mur­toa pro­gram on a Thurs­day be­tween 12.45pm and 1.30pm.

“All reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants re­ceive a Spike­zone back­pack with a drink bot­tle, t-shirt and ball, all for just $15,” Mr Berry said.

“Reg­is­tra­tions are on­line through the Vol­ley­ball Vic­to­ria web­site, with sep­a­rate links for the Hor­sham and Mur­toa pro­grams.

“We’ll also get the new re­gional de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer in­volved in both pro­grams so the par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive the best coach­ing right from the out­set.”

The Hor­sham pro­gram starts on May 2 at St Brigid’s Col­lege, while the Mur­toa pro­gram starts the next day at Mur­toa Col­lege sta­dium.

Peo­ple cam email info@vol­ley­ball­hor­sham. com.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

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