Aoraki | Bay of Plenty

Press Release Volleyfest Funding


Volleyball New Zealand is pleased to announce they have received funding from Sport New Zealand's Young Women's Activation Fund to role out 'Volleyfest' in selected areas around the country. Volleyfest is a holistic, fun, festival programme. Co-designed with young women, it is focused on creating more opportunities within Volleyball for young women, particularly young Pasifika and Maori women. Sport New Zealand has said "Volleyfest is an exciting and diverse project, and they are looking forward to working with Volleyball NZ over the next few years to see the project progress."


Volleyfest will use volleyball as a vehicle for physical activity, recreation and increasing participation as well as health, nutrition, well-being, leadership development and skill development in coaching and refereeing. There will be Whanau / Fono family grass volleyball festivals, intro to coaching & refereeing workshops, and learn to play opportunities. To ensure Volleyfest is successful, there will be additional support in the regions delivering the project, both from Volleyball New Zealand and the Regional Sport Trusts (RST's).


Upon finding out Volleyball NZ was successful in receiving this funding, CEO Toni-Maree Carnie said “I am excited by the opportunity that has been provided by Sport New Zealand to provide further develop opportunities for young women and their families through volleyball”. As a result of Volleyfest there will be hundreds of young women engaging in a fun festival of volleyball in their neighbourhood, and transitioning to become long term participants in Volleyball.