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Regional Development Centres

The Indoor Regional Development Centres provide first class training and international opportunities for junior players in Ireland.

Volleyball Ireland aim to support the progression and passion of our more advanced junior players by providing monthly trainings under the guidance of high level coaches at each centre. Players will be able to avail of external supports provided to the centres such as strength & conditioning coaches or sports related technology to enhance self-development and techniques.

This environment will cater for players born in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and will set them on the first stage of the performance pathway towards national team selection, as well as improving their all round sporting skills. This will have benefits for the individual, their local club and school teams.

Our mission is to assist the region’s higher level players in achieving their individual ambitions while developing players capable of competing on the international stage and within the Volleyball Ireland National League system.

Players eligibility and selection

The Centres will operate on an east and west basis for 2022-23. 49 players were selected on a first round of selection for Girls West and East centres and Boys East Centre. Boys West Centre selection will be run on October 30th.

Players born in 2007, 2008 and 2009 are eligible to participate in the selections.

Clubs will be invited to recommend players to attend the trial.

Players previously selected at centres will still need to attend a trial day each year to be selected once again.

Upon achieving selection, parents will need to provide consent forms with payment prior to the first session taking place.

Registrations for 2022/23 are now closed

The participation in the trials is free of charge, but registration is MANDATORY. 

Those that have registered will receive all details regarding time and venue closer to the date.

Deadline to register is October 27th.


Players must be able to commit to one 4 hours training day per month, during the first weekend of the month. Girls centres usually train on Saturday, while boys on Sunday. Continuous commitment is necessary in order to achieve the best possible results.

Additional events, such as international competition and a high performance multiday camp, may be added to the calendar. All information will be shared with parents as soon as dates are confirmed.


Players will pay a €150 sign-up fee. This fee includes:

  • High quality training equipment available for each centre usage.
  • Player training gear
  • Monthly player training plans
  • Full Volleyball Ireland registration and insurance for players.
  • Player access to most up to date sport technology supports.
  • Train in an elite environment with top regional junior players and coaches.
  • Access to international competitions and training camps.

The fee is reduced to €75 if the player already owns the training gear from a previous year of participation in the centres.

Multi day performance camps or international competitions will be paid for separately.

Additional information

The regional development centre training programmes are guided by our long term player development model. The model has multiple goals in developing performance and is entirely centred around a child’s evolution and enjoyment of sport. To read more on our LTPD model, click here.

To find out more on each centre and their work, check out Indoor Regional Development Centres 2022-23

If you need additional information, please contact the National Development Manager 0870997659.


How can I sign up for the open trials?
You can register for West Boys Development Centre Trials here.

Registration is mandatory in order to participate to trials. All information regarding time and venue will be shared closer to the date with those that registered.

Girls West and East centres and Boys East Centre Trials are now closed.

What are the Development Centres?
The development centres are east and west monthly training centres for our more advanced junior players.

What are the aims of the Development Centres?
The aims of the centres are twofold.
1. To provide support and high level training for our junior players in achieving their ambitions.
2. To create a first step on the high performance pathway to playing on the Irish National volleyball team.


What are the benefits of taking part?

  • Being part of a high performance training group with top junior players and coaches
  • High quality training equipment and sport technology support
  • Player training gear
  • Monthly player training plans and parent update reports, to achieve your maximum potential
  • Access to international competitions and training camps


Will this training clash with club training?
No, not at all. The first weekend in each month is set aside for Irish national team training and development centre activities. Therefore, no club games take place during this weekend.


How often and how long are the sessions?
Trainings will take place once a month for a 4 hour period. Mid-term camps will also be an optional training opportunity for players to attend.


When is the first training?
Trainings are to commence in the first weekend of October.


Can my child try again next year if unsuccessful?
Yes, each year all players must try out once again for development centres, even those who were selected the previous year.