NC to co-host Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence

VCCEVolleyball Canada will partner with Niagara College and Brock University to launch a Centre of Excellence (VCCE) this September in the Niagara region.

The VCCE program is designed specifically to prepare high performance athletes serious about the sport of volleyball looking to move on to the next level and pursue their volleyball career. While focusing on individual athlete skill development, the Centre of Excellence is the ideal complement to the high school and club system.

The lead coaches for the Centre of Excellence include NC’s head coaches Nathan Groenveld and Joey Martins along with Brock University head coach Dale Melnick.

Focusing on the Team Canada/Provincial Team pathway, athletes (Grade 8-12) ready to take their game to the next level, committed high school and club athletes as well as regional, provincial and nationally- recognized athletes will benefit from the training offered at the centre.

“I am excited to be a part of the centre,” said Niagara College men’s volleyball head coach Nathan Groenveld. “It is a great opportunity for young volleyball athletes in Niagara to learn from some of the top coaches in the country. They will be given on court, strength and conditioning, nutrition and sport psychology resources to help bridge the wide gap between them and international athletes of a comparable age. I am very excited to partner with Brock University and work closely with the Niagara Rapids volleyball club to grow the game of volleyball and to help develop more international players from this region. It is a hot bed for great athletes and the centre will help those great athletes develop world class volleyball skills.”

“I personally think that the Centre of Excellence is a great thing for the future of Volleyball Canada,” added Niagara College women’s volleyball head coach Joey Martins. “I am extremely excited that the VCCE is coming to the Niagara Region and look forward to this joint venture between Niagara College, Brock University and Volleyball Canada.  I am looking forward to working with the Niagara Region’s finest volleyball players to help build their skills and prepare them for the next level.”

VCCE Niagara Region will be hosting an Open House and Athlete Identification Session on Sunday August 11th at the Niagara College Welland Campus Athletic Centre for athletes Grades 8-12. To find out more about the VCCE program visit

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