Manawatū Volleyball elite development pathway


The Manawatū Regional Volleyball Association (MRVA) is seeking to establish a development pathway for ambitious and committed regional athletes.

This pathway is intended to provide a training and competition environment that effectively prepares Manawatū volleyball athletes for competition at an elite national or international level.

2024 is the inaugural year of the programme. The programme is available to U17 and U19 age groups, and works in conjunction with club and school-based volleyball activities.


The MRVA elite development pathway is intended to foster both individual and regional success.

The programme intends to support all ambitious athletes within playing and non-playing squads. Athletes selected in playing squads will be able to access additional coaching and competition opportunities, while non-playing athletes will be tracked and offered frequent re-selection opportunities.

In its early years, the programme will focus on establishing a positive culture of high performance. Over time, the programme will increase its focus on improving competitive performance and results, through quantitative assessment and programme design.


High-level information about the programme can be accessed via the drop-downs below. In addition, feel free to reach out to programme manager Tim Middlehurst directly.


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All eligible players are welcome to register as part of the MRVA high performance programme.

Eligibility in 2024 is as follows:
  • U17 - Players born in 2008, 2009 and 2010 (loosely equivalent to year's 9, 10 and 11).
  • U19 - Players born in 2006 and 2007 (loosely equivalent to year's 12 and 13).
All players must be primarily domiciled within the Manawatū, Tararua, Whanganui or Horowhenua districts.

Programme staff

The programme is operated by a programme director and one head coach per age-group, with the support of team administrators. All staff are volunteers and no payment is received.

Coaches will be appointed in the week preceding trials (6-11 May).


Athletes selected in the 2024 winter playing squads are shown below (TBC until players selected).

U17 Women


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