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Kiwi Volley- In School Programme & One Off Coaching

The skills and level of teaching that was delivered to the children was so much fun. The coaches had good practices about them to maintain attention of the students. They also had excellent skills to ensure the programme was educational as well as fun. The skills learned were then able to be transferred by our Senior Students into their inter-school competition. Highly Recommend the In-School Delivery.
The In-School programme was a fun way to learn the basics of volleyball and is always great for the students to have different faces teaching them, especially when they are experts. Coaches were awesome, professional, organised, clear in instructions, prompt and fun. We liked the way the skills were really broken down for the students and a new focus each session. We have never had volleyball at our school before and the students and teachers learned a lot out of their five weeks, they even wanted to keep playing after the programme had finished.
Worthwhile introduction to Volleyball. Great coaches who targeted specific students at the students skill level towards participating and enjoying the game. Professional.
It was a wonderful experience that was delivered by capable and well organised coaches that really knew their stuff. Student engagement was high and the improvement that was seen was impressive across all age levels. You are welcome back anytime.
Professionally run and all students came away with a greater understanding and appreciation of volleyball.


KiwiVolley is a game derived from the adult volleyball game with rules and equipment adapted for young people between 5-12 years. Our KiwiVolley programme is characterized by enhancing overall general athletic development. Improving basic movement abilities such as agility, balance, speed, and coordination, while improving fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping, throwing, catching, passing and striking, and developing physical literacy are the primary focus.


FUN is critical for us and one of the primary objectives of the programme is to encourage participation in sport and physical activity in the hopes of creating life-long interest volleyball. Using modified KiwiVolley games, the volleyball fundamentals such as, the Set, the Dig, the Serve, Spiking and Blocking can be introduced. However, we only do this in the most simple and basic of ways, used primarily as tools to enhance the development of the fundamental movement skills, and as part of a program which encourages SUCCESS and fun in a volleyball orientated environment.KiwiVolley is a game derived from the adult volleyball game with rules and equipment adapted for young people between 5-12 years. We have designed our KiwiVolley rules so that from a very early age children can be engaged in a fun volleyball environment. We use progressive levels so that the children can challenge themselves physically, develop their fundamental movement skills (FMS) and gain success through modified KiwiVolley games.


  • KiwiVolley Year 0-3 ( Not available for Manawatu)
  • KiwiVolley Rally - Year 4-6 / Year 7-8's with other modified sport, KiwiVolley is designed to give maximum participation and enjoyable involvement in a game that can develop a wide range of ball skills, movement skills, as well as teamwork and communication skills.KiwiVolley is an ideal way to ENGAGE youngsters in the game of Volleyball. Students will find the progression to College volleyball much easier with having played just one season of KiwiVolley.

Volleyball Manawatu (MRVA) are happy to come into your school and deliver these sessions to your children for years 4-8. The plan is to organise 5 weeks of sessions during term 2 or 3 (first in first served). Please contact for any guidance and info. 

Cost: We aim to secure funding to help cover the costs of low decile schools. If you do not comply in this bracket and are keen to have the programme then the cost is $2 per child per session. 

2023: We are partnering with Heathy Active Learning to deliver sessions with teachers to be more sustainable with a Net & Wall Games programme- emphasis on Volleyball.

Primary Schools

All the following 5 KiwiVolley booklets can be printed in colour, black & white, in booklet form which can then be easily stapled or printed in fullsize A4 for easier reading.

One Off Coaching Sessions- For Youth Groups, Intermediates or Secondary Schools

MRVA (Manawatu Regional Volleyball Association) offer coaching sessions for groups of students that are interested in Volleyball or developing their schools. We will offer between 1-5 45min-1hr sessions at each group or school. These sessions will only be available during a school lunch time or afterschool or when MRVA coaches are available that suit the group. 

These may have a cost, dependent on the group or school wanting this. 

We can offer sessions focussed on Serving, Passing, Setting, Spiking and Games.

If you would like MRVA in to deliver some coaching then please get in contact with

Rep Programmes



Volleyball in the Manawatū

Volleyball is a popular team sport that you can play in the Manawatu. It’s a fun, high-energy sport that is easy to learn and can be played indoors or outdoors.

Club Volleyball is from May-October with the major tournament in October. Clubs prepare themselves during the winter season for this tournament.
Clubs will need to be affiliated to MRVA to attend any competitions as a club team, this form is found in the button below and must be submitted before May 31st, and payments to be made before 20th June (this will be invoiced to the club contact).

Central Zone

Hawkes Bay/Poverty Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu and Wellington.

Central Zone is a series of tournaments held between May and August used to qualify club teams in the Central region of NZ for the National Club Championships.

Over 40+ affiliated clubs take part in FOUR Zone qualification leagues/events during June to September, culminating in the Volleyball New Zealand National Club Championships in October. Each of the zones are made up of VNZ affiliated Regional Association, with each Zone guaranteed two positions per gender in Division One of the Club Championships.

Please click on a club logo to find out more details.
Linton Army Volleyball


Coaching Courses

Follow this link to VNZ website to get involved in the online coaching courses. In time MRVA will then run coach workshops.


This is the second step on the referee pathway, but is still aimed at those who are just getting started in the referee world.

The local referee course can be completed by two different methods;

A Volleyball New Zealand on-line course has been created- there is a $5 charge.  Click here for the course and further information

This allows for regionally based participants to gain a qualification without travelling to a course.

-As a requirement to enter the Premier League or Regional Champs your full team MUST complete the individual online VNZ local level course over the summer break using the MRVA Unique Code (for us to cover the cost) that will be sent to your Sport Coordinator or Coach once the EOI Form has been returned.
-We will also require your coach/captains/key referee or duty personal of each team to attend our in-person workshop night too. The full team may attend if wanted. As we will run over First Ref- Second Ref and Scoresheet key items then play some games and put it into practice- 7th Feb 4:30pm. Arena- Mezzanine/Ballroom

-If you are a coach or team not involved in the Premier League or Regional Champs- then the online workshop is for you. Please cover your own costs for this.


This is for people that are wanting to start taking their refereeing more seriously and already are confident at refereeing club and senior high school volleyball.

The course for this is four hours, has a closed book exam and requires you to be assesed refereeing more than one game. 

Required for:

New Zealand Volleyball Championships (IPC), NZ Club Nationals (2nd ref of Division 2)

Invited IPC athletes & Potential IPC Coaches 2023

-MUST attend our Regional Course on March 4th @ Takaro Lawn Bowls Club (main building). You will sit through a powerpoint and open book exam to become a candidate for physical referee testing over NZSS Nationals. Time tbc


Last step on the VNZ Referee Pathway before stepping up to International qualifications. This is where the details of refereeing are taken seriously and you learn more about the finer details of the rules.

Requires a six hour course, exam and several assesments.

Required for:

National Club Championships (Division 1)  and Senior IPC.

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