Want to take the next step in your Volleyball pathway?

The IAS Volleyball Program for 2023-24 will be covering both indoor and beach volleyball as part of the one program, and is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented Volleyball players by providing industry leading high-performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October. IAS, Volleyball NSW, and the RASi network aim to deliver high quality training for all athletes and coaches identified by VNSW. The program is aimed at increasing the skill and education level of athletes and coaches which will enhance opportunities for progression along the VNSW performance pathway (i.e. selection into NSW Phoenix Program (State Team) and National Teams).

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The program will provide coaching, training and competition to improve athlete development with a view to:

  • Develop the fundamental skill level of athletes which will enhance their opportunities for selection into NSW Phoenix Program (State Team)
  • Prepare athletes to a level where their transition to any NSW Phoenix Program (State Team) is ‘seamless’ in terms of programs or pathways
  • Increase the level of success of those athletes at competition and events in competition nationwide
  • Provide an introduction and progression into sport specific strength and conditioning
  • Provide education around athletic development as well as personal development in topics such as Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Media Skills / Public Speaking, Youth Leadership, Drugs in Sport
  • The program will conduct weekly skills based and strength and conditioning training to which attendance is expected
Note, whilst we take “playing position preferences” into account, the program is designed to educate all athletes on all positions in volleyball… this is a volleyball specific athlete education program, not a team training/competition program.

2022 Staff

Faruk Kaymak

Jake Lewkowicz

Nicholas Thorpe

Sean Thorpe

2022 Squad

Aimee Lamb

Alexandria Smith

Caleb Barnes

Chloe Wiggins

Elias Logue

Ella Sheridan

Hugh Akmacic

Jake Noble

John Lamb

Lachlan Weakley

Lara Limbrick

Mackenzie Charlton

Madhu Mahen

Mali Towers

Matthew Bunder

Max Miller-Tamsitt

Mireille Smith

Olivia Matthews

Rachael Heron

Ronan Sanders

Shanae Alvey

Sienna Sepulveda

Tahlia Nakamura-Bell

Yasmim Ramos

Scholarship Components

Skill Development


Strength & Conditioning

Media Skills

Education Sessions


2023-24 Scholarship

Athlete Eligibility

To be eligible for an IAS Volleyball Scholarship, athletes must:

  • Reside within the Illawarra Region, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee and
  • Be a registered member with Volleyball NSW and hold a full U18 or Adult VNSW membership.
  • Born between years 2006-2011

Athletes identifying as Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander are eligible to participate in the MCR Indigenous Sports Program (ISP). The ISP provides an opportunity for the IAS to provide mentorship and a dedicated level of focus upon the outcomes and support for Indigenous athletes.

Indigenous Sports Program


2023-24 Volleyball

Selection Criteria

Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;

  • Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in Volleyball
  • Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction
  • Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance
  • Demonstrate potential to be selected for NSW state teams
  • The ability or potential to work as part of a team to achieve excellence

NB: Subjectivity is an unavoidable element of selection to the IAS Volleyball Squad.


2023-24 Scholarship

Trial Details

Applications Close: 9am 11 September 2023

Trials (must attend both):

14 September 2023, 5pm-7pm, Illawarra Hockey Stadium

17 September 2023, 9am-11am, North Wollongong Beach

Volleyball will include beach and indoor for 2023-24.


2023-24 Scholarship


In collaboration with Volleyball NSW there will be a fee of $300 (+ GST) which Volleyball NSW will invoice to athletes individually. This will include 12 month scholarship (sport specific training, Strength and Conditioning, education).

There will be costs to the IAS for camps, including Academy Games and RAS VNSW Tournament.