A spike in numbers during a six-week come and try program was the catalyst to form Surf Coast Volleyball Association (SCVA).
The newly-established association is calling for interested players to register for a Thursday night mixed social competition, starting 13 February.
The competition is the result of Torquay resident Bronwyn Withers approaching Surf Coast Shire Council’s Sports and Facilities Operations team. Mrs Withers – the inaugural president of SCVA – wanted to take up volleyball last year but noticed there were no local teams.
“I tried to start something myself but found it hard, so I contacted Council to see if they could help in any way. I was put onto Mark Campbell at the Sport and Recreation Centre and between the two of us, we organised a six-week come and try to see if there was interest. More than 50 people registered, so we formed a committee made up of community members and here we are.”
SCVA is the first affiliated volleyball association in the shire. The Thursday night competition will be held at Surf Coast Secondary College stadium.
“We haven’t played since the trial program so we’re all very excited. It’s been a long-time coming,” Mrs Withers said.
“Registration opens 2 February and membership for the upcoming season is $40 a term. You don’t need to have a team. Simply turn up on the night and meet some new people in a relaxed environment.”
The association will be based at the new Surf Coast Multi-Purpose Indoor Stadium, which is under construction and scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. It will be formed by adding three courts to the existing single-court stadium at Surf Coast Secondary College.
“Once the new stadium is finished we’re hoping to expand from social, to competition and juniors,” Mrs Withers said. “We’re very excited that we’re going to be part of the new stadium along with various other sports and activities.”