For the first time, Volleyball Development Camps will take its training programme outside the United Kingdom, with an all-skills volleyball camp conducted in partnership with the International School of Brussels.
A pilot project intended to introduce developmental training methodologies to the school, the event will address a wider range of ages and athletic ability than usually found at a single VbDC camp. To do so effectively it will be broken down into sections, with Skills training in one two-court hall for early learners, and Performance training in another two-court hall for junior varsity and varsity players.
As a first-time event, which is being conducted alongside FC Porto’s first football camp at ISB, plans are to refine the curriculum further for following years, and offer training camps that are more focused on specific levels of ability.
Even though this will be a pilot project the VbDC commitment to quality training is undiminished, and coaches from the UK and Finland – where novel and much-copied concepts for the training of entry level volleyball athletes have been created – will be leading the programme and helping train school coaches on their implementation into the PE curriculum and interscholastic sports training.
The camp will be put through a post-event analysis with both VbDC and ISB coaching staff to understand how it can be revised to become an extension of VbDC programmes into Europe as well as a regular training activity for ISB high school athletes.