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We are delighted to announce a fantastic partnership between SVA, City of Edinburgh Council and the University of Edinburgh Sport and Exercise, sees the inception of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball into Edinburgh Council Sports Academy, providing a training and player education programme to support players (S1 & S2 in August 2018) with aspirations to reach the next level in their volleyball/beach volleyball journey. This development has been a long time in the making, through work with our Regional Development Officer, Lynne Beattie, the CEC and the Edinburgh Active Schools Team.

The programme will be delivered by specialist coaches and supported by Scotland’s Olympic and Commonwealth Games Volleyball and Beach Volleyball athletes to enhance the learning experience for the pupils, in line with the Curriculum for Excellence, where the players will receive support and training to allow them to perform at their personal best, both in their sport and in their everyday lives.
Players will have the opportunity to work with coaches in both disciplines of Volleyball; Indoor and Beach, in what will be a comprehensive and holistic training programme for all selected players, focussing in areas of on court and off court development and education sessions including strength and Conditioning for volleyball, Sports Tactics, Team Dynamics for Volleyball and Leadership.

Part of the programme will take place in the world class sports facility at the University of Edinburgh, Centre for Sport and Exercise, a central location, and elite environment accessible to players from all across Edinburgh, where some of Scotland’s top athletes train and compete. The lead coach of the programme is Team GB and Team Scotland’s Olympian and Commonwealth Games athlete Lynne Beattie, supported by a youth development coaching team.

Trials for all players interested in being involved in the Volleyball Academy will take place on:

Tuesday 4th December 2018 (5.30pm-7.00pm)
University of Edinburgh, Centre for Sport and Exercise, The Pleasance EH8 9TJ
Age Group:  S1/S2 in August 2018

The deadline for applications is FRIDAY 23rd NOVEMBER 2018.

To keep costs to a minimum applicants should either print off the application form or request one through the highlighted e-mail address. Applications should be returned by e-mail to sportsacademy@edinburgh.gov.uk or by post to Lynne Crawford, Communities and Families, Sports & Outdoor Learning Unit, Waverley Court, Business Centre 1/2, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG before the closing date of Friday 23rd November 2018.

Please see dates below for further details of the sessions and the programme:

Term 1 (22nd January – 2nd April)

Venue:  University Of Edinburgh; Sport and Exercise Pleasance
When: Tuesday’s weekly
Time: 1800-1930
What: 60 min technical skills development; 30 min strength & conditioning/athlete education

Schedule (10 weeks):

Week 1 – Tuesday 22nd January
Week 2 – Tuesday 29th January
Week 3 – Tuesday 5th February
February School Holiday
Week 4 – Tuesday 19th February
Week 5 – Tuesday 26th February
Week 6 – Tuesday 5th March
Week 7 – Tuesday 12th March
Week 8 – Tuesday 19th March
Week 9 – Tuesday 26th March
Week 10 – Tuesday 2nd April

Term 2 (30 April – 18 June)

Venue:  Liberton High School Beach Volleyball Development Hub
When:  Tuesday’s weekly
Time:  1800-1930
What: 60 min technical skills development; 30 min strength & conditioning / athlete education

(Extreme weather plan – Indoor booking at Liberton HS or 90 minutes strength and conditioning and athlete education session)

Schedule (7 weeks): 

Week 1 –Tuesday 30th April
May School Holiday (Players encouraged to go to SVA Holiday Camp)
Week 2 – Tuesday 14th May
Week 3 – Tuesday 21st May
Week 4 – Tuesday 28th May
Week 5 – Tuesday 4th June
Week 6 – Tuesday 11th June
Week 7 – Tuesday 18th June