Vic Beach Volleyball Academy (VBVA) officially launched a ‘Mentor Program’ on the 28th January 2017, introducing its top academy prospects to competitive game-play with and against some of the best former and current players in Victoria.
“The program is aimed at giving our best young kids the opportunity to learn from current and past greats of the game…”
The VBVA Mentor Program – the first of its kind in the country – was created in order to give the best young players within its academy an opportunity to put the skills, technique and court awareness learned in training into practice beside players who have the experience to help them hone those skills. From former International players Cathy Norman (AUS), Oliver Cole (AUS) and Shawna Farquharson (ENG), to current internationals like Yupa Phokongploy (THA); along with a host of past and present national tour players, and wily old locals.
“The program is aimed at giving our best young kids the opportunity to learn from current and past greats of the game. Whether it’s as competitive, court-smart opposition, or helping put the positional awareness the kids learn in training, into a game situation… even just an older, wiser voice of calm. These kids are like sponges; super keen, fantastically appreciative sponges and they’ll soak up any suggestions their mentors can offer.
All of the kids who will be invited to train with the mentors have already dipped their feet in open age national tour events, and are pushing the best players locally. They just don’t yet have the ‘smarts’ to beat their older opponents, but with this initiative, they’ll be in a far stronger position to compete.” – Brett Middlin, VBVA Head Coach
The VBVA hopes this new initiative will help give what is its strongest group of young players to date that little extra resilience when competing against the best players in the country.
NB: Brief mentor coach bio’s will be up shortly.