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General Managerís Update

March 10, 2017, 12:55 PM AEST

General Managerís Update

28 February

In the GMís update this month:

       Board Update - 2017 Annual General Meeting

       Australian Junior Volleyball Championships review

       Regional Development


Board Update

2017 Annual General Meeting

The Volleyball Victoria Inc Annual General Meeting will be held 10:30am Sunday, 23 April at the State Volleyball Centre @ Dandenong Stadium.  The usual business of the AGM will be conducted, including election of three Board Directors and presentation of the 2016 financial result, see AGM notice below.

Further to discussions held with affiliates during 2016, VVI will bring forward a special resolution to make changes to the Rules of Association.  The changes specifically seek to address references to redundant legislation and increase the scope of VVI to recognise relevant members.

A summary of these changes, previously circulated, will again be provided with all relevant AGM materials.  Associations with any remaining questions regarding the proposed changes, should not hesitate to contact me at the Office, email or telephone 03 9794 0009.

Annual Stakeholder Forum

The AGM will be followed by the annual Stakeholder Forum with Associations, Affiliates, and other stakeholders invited to submit items for consideration.  VVI will circulate a final Agenda with relevant documents prior to the AGM weekend.  If you would like your item considered, please ensure you submit to the Office no later than Sunday, 26 March.

Proxy forms for eligible Associations unable to attend are available from the Office, please contact Victoria Ellis, Member Services Coordinator, or telephone 03 9794 0009.

Nominations for Board positions and Volleyball Victoria Awards close Sunday, 26 March.

Australian Junior Volleyball Championships

In February, Volleyball Australia completed the final stage of the 2016 Australian Junior Volleyball Championships review.  Led by Volleyball Qld as the host State and including the six major States (excluding NT & Tas), a number of items were addressed, but the key issue regarding the composition of the divisions: Championship and Division One, remained of greatest importance to VVI.

The outcome of the review saw a return to one entry per division per gender.  Unfortunately, VVI remained the single dissenting voice in seeking to retain the total number entries available in 2016.  Some consolation was afforded with VVI securing an opportunity to submit additional teams under a wildcard system utilising the unused allocations of other States.  These opportunities will be confirmed in March-April with an expression of interest process to assess total entries.  The Board will determine an approach to the makeup of final VVI entries after the parameters have been established.

State Junior Titles

In immediate response, in addition to seeking opportunities to lobby for a reconsideration of this decision, the Board endorsed the Office seek interest in the conduct of State Junior Titles to be established in 2017.  VVI is determined to continue to provide participation and pathway opportunities to aspiring athletes and believe that the conduct of State Junior Titles continues this aim.

A survey link will be sent directly to the Presidents of each Association to clarify your interest in and composition of inaugural State Junior Titles.  We strongly encourage you address this very short survey as soon as possible before it closes Sunday, 26 March.

Regional Development

Rebecca Walter is leading a pilot with a number of regional affiliates assessing the capability of a co-investment model to establish development officers focussed on improving organisational capacity.  The role is removed from the traditional development officer position of school visits and clinics, which have typically shown minimal return on transitioning students to members, but rather focusses on the work of Ďclub developmentí, leaving participating associations with increased capacity to undertake long term sustainable activities.

The current work is focussing on central and western Victoria with the following Associations having been engaged: Ballarat, Bendigo, Horsham, Sunraysia, and Warrnambool.  Shortly, work will commence in determining the interest and logistics of a role in eastern Victoria.

Association Profiles

In conjunction with this new work, Victoria Ellis will complete the Association affiliation process by seeking additional qualitative information.  In addition to ensuring VVI has up to date details of each affiliate, we are keen to identify facility need now and in the long term, and also priorities of each affiliate.  One of the key resources of this profiling will be the Australian Sports Commissionís Club Health Check; a simple online survey that provides an insight into the health of clubs and associations.

Victoria will continue to liaise with affiliates to provide further information and support for this process.  For more information on the ASC Club Health Check, please visit: Club Health Check <insert link>


Geoff Rietschel
General Manager

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