The primary objective of the Australian Volleyball Academy (AVA) is to identify and develop Olympic potential athletes for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball.
It is the High Performance Development Program for volleyball and beach volleyball athletes who aspire to reach the elite level of their sport.The
AVA headquarters and training base are located at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
The AVA has a training and development focus and provides a holistic development program, including physical, mental, and life skills training aimed at developing the attributes and abilities required to compete at the highest level. Athletes will graduate to the next level of the pathway where options include the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, North American college and European professional clubs.
An integrated approach to athlete development, including training in both volleyball and beach volleyball, is a key feature of the AVA approach, based
on the principle that training in one discipline will produce performance benefits in the other.The intent is to grow the pool of talented young players
who will compete for a place at the International level for Australia.
Athletes will generally spend 2-3 years at the AVA preparing to be ready for their next step in the Volleyball high performance pathway.The age range of
athletes invited to the Academy is 16-20 although invitations are more aligned to talent than age. Most athletes enter the Academy either in Year 11
or at the completion of high school.
In addition to the integrated development program conducted at the AVA headquarters at AIS, Canberra the Academy also conducts camps for talented, aspirational young athletes during school holiday periods and aligned to national competitions.The AVA camps serve both to introduce athletes to the AVA program and to provide specific training and competition experiences.