The Regional Development Centres have been working hard over the Easter holidays in the amazing city of Ravenna, Italy. An incredible 47 players and coaches made the trip from Ireland to learn under the expert tuition of Volleyball Hall of Fame inductee Manù Benelli.
As the Development Centres moved into year two of the programme, a strategic goal of identifying an international partner that could help bring the centres to the next level was realised.
RDC head coaches and VLY. conducted research into European camps and after initial consultation with Volley Academy Manù Benelli we were delighted to be accepted onto the Evolution Camp during Easter 2023. The players will return home now after a series of intense technical development sessions that will make us better, faster and stronger for our next challenge. An important part of this camp was coach education and who better to describe the experience than the coaches themselves.
Jennifer Moret, RDC West Girls, Head Coach
“It was an awesome experience seeing the level of coaching in Italy. Manu’s style of coaching is so effective and the way she explains the techniques and game makes it easy for the girls to get results. We are seeing great improvements and are very excited for the future of both volleyball and these girls”
Alessandra Trio, RDC Boys Head Coach
“I am so happy to have this great opportunity to work closely with some of the best Italian coaches. For all coaches and players it has been a fantastic experience to learn and grow. Our players had time to work on fundamentals building confidence and technique but also to know each other better and have fun. Now it’s important to keep working hard!”
Matthew Hanlon, RDC East Girls, Head Coach
“The camp with Manù Benelli’s Volley Academy has been amazing. The girls and boys of the development centres have had intense training with the highest level of coaches and some legends of the game. Now they’re going to take what they’ve learned back home and keep developing those skills!”
Volleyball Ireland would like to express our sincere gratitude to Stefania Morri, Manù Benelli, Luisella Milani, Orit Berger, Luisa Rizzitelli plus all the other coaches Max, Patrick, Carmen, Turlea and staff who have provided such a positive experience and impact on our Irish players and coaches.
This is Ciao for now, but hopefully just the beginning of our partnership together.