lThis weekend youth teams from across three nations will descend upon Gormanston Park College Sports complex for Volleyball Ireland’s first ever youth development blitz and camp. The weekend camp will aim to build experience for our younger players through some challenging matches, without the pressure of international competition.
The event will see teams representing Denmark and Northern Ireland, as well as a range of regional representative teams made up of Ireland's National Team members and players from the new National Youth League. The blitz style event is partly funded through the CEV/SCA development fund and the Participation to Performance Programme. The schedule and concept will help prepare young players for Intl competition in the future.
General Manager of Volleyball Ireland, Gary Stewart said, "a key part of the strategy is to provide more opportunities for our young players to grow and learn and we are grateful to the CEV and Small Countries Association for their support. I'm sure the players and coaches will gain a lot from the weekend and I'd especially like to credit Development Officer Conor Flood for his drive and determination developing this project. It will be great to have our friends from Denmark and Northern Ireland with us for the weekend."
This is the first international youth event that Volleyball Ireland have hosted of its kind. The aim is to grow the event, providing opportunities for young Irish Volleyballers to to enjoy, learn and develop their skills. It will be the first in a series of Intl age group events that will provide opportunities for players to reach their potential.
If anyone wishes to come along and watch, there is free entry.
The teams will kick start the weekend with some training slots on Friday evening. Games will commence 9.30am, Saturday November 30th and will run through until 5pm. Then it’s onto dinner and Saturday night activities exclusively for the players and coaches.
The camp will finish on Sunday morning with some light training sessions and fun mixed games.
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