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Five years of Reds Volleyball

2022 marks the fifth year of operation for Reds Volleyball, since the formation of Reds Volleyball Club in 2018.

Reds Volleyball Club was formed to enter teams in the Western Australian Volleyball League (WAVL) and Western Australian Junior Volleyball League (WAVjL) and provide volleyballers with a new club to compete at based south of the river. 5 WAVL and 7 WAVjL teams were entered in the Club’s inaugural season. Since then, the Reds organisation has grown to become a much larger and multi-faceted sporting organisation that now offers both indoor and beach programs, as well as a range of participation programs including Kids Volley, Junior Volley, Casual Volley, All Abilities Volleyball and Sitting Volleyball.

Highlighting some of the memorable moments of the past 5 seasons, Reds Volleyball Club President, Anthony Meo was incredibly thankful for the support of everyone who has contributed to the growth and success of Reds. 

“Reds is incredibly fortunate to have a large number of dedicated coaches and volunteers who have invested their time and efforts in growing Reds since the formation of the Club in 2018. Our sponsors and partners have played a significant role in supporting our organisation over the journey and we are very thankful for their support of Reds.

“The women’s State League and State League Reserves Championship wins in 2020 was a special moment for Reds and to now be seeing some of those athletes [Cassie Dodd and Sarah Burton] representing Australia is amazing.

“It has just been fantastic to see so many people play through Reds and enjoy their time on and off the court. Sport aims to bring people together and the community we are building at Reds aims to do exactly that,” Meo said

Reds Junior Volleyball Club President, Logan Vanderweide, reflected on the formation of Reds Junior and the memorable women’s Division 2 title in 2020.

“2020 marked a significant change in the structure of the Reds organisation and the formation of Reds Junior has created a clearer pathway for junior athletes to transition into senior grades of the sport.

“The Division 2 Women Championship in 2020 was an incredible win for the Club in our first season. The girls had an incredible finals campaign, and to come from fourth to knock off some more experienced teams on the way was great to watch,” Vanderweide said. 

Reds Volleyball Club has been awarded the 2019 and 2020 Volleyball WA Club of the Year, 2020 Robyn Fittock Champion Club – Indoor, and 2021 Champion Club – Beach. While there have been many successes for Reds Volleyball over the journey, the Association still faces many challenges in sustaining the rapid growth of the organisation. 

“Our single greatest challenge is effectively sustaining the growth of our organisation and ensuring we can access enough court space to cater for the increasing number of teams and programs that we operate. We are very lucky to have coaches and volunteers who are willing to get behind our teams, but without sufficient court-space, our ability to run effective trainings and competitions is very limited,” Meo said. 

The 5 Year Anniversary will be celebrated at the 2022 Awards Night in October. Take a look at some of the memorable moments of the past 5 years in the new Club History page on the Reds Volleyball website: HERE!