New Zealand’s volleyball community will descend on Palmerston North later this week for the 53rd New Zealand Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships held at Central Energy Trust Arena/Massey University Teaching Gym from March 27-31.
In what is one of the biggest school sports events in the country, over 160 teams are registered across the boys and girls competitions from 118 schools from around New Zealand.
The teams are split across six divisions of girls competition and five divisions in the boys grade.
Volleyball New Zealand CEO Toni-Maree Carnie says that Central Energy Trust Arena and Massey University venues will be buzzing with activity.
“With Covid-19 interruptions impacting participation for our rangatahi more than any other group, we’re really excited to be able to deliver the 2023 New Zealand Secondary Schools event this week,” Carnie said.
“This event is a cornerstone fixture on our calendar and it’s been noticeable at our other events which have come back after Covid-19 that there is a real feeling of excitement and energy to be back on court. We’re expecting the same again in Palmerston North and we can’t wait to get underway.”
Volleyball is one of the fastest-growing sports in New Zealand and the event will be broadcast via Whakaata Maori with multiple courts shown via livestream over the course of the week of competition. Full details will follow before the tournament begins.
The event is delivered in partnership with tremendous support from Volleyball Manawatu, Sport Manawatu, Palmerston North City Council and Central Energy Trust Arena.
Palmy Venues Manager John Lynch, who manages Central Energy Trust Arena, says it is great to have the Volleyball Championships back without restrictions in place.
“The New Zealand Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships is an action-packed tournament that is highly regarded by the venue and by the City and is an exciting and fantastic competition.
“Having so many out-of-town athletes and visitors to the City for the week brings significant economic benefit to the City but also so much vibrancy with everyone engaging with our local community and what the City has to offer.”
Apparel is available for purchase onsite at CET Arena and a number of competitions and social media promotions will run during the event working with event partners Caltex, Bayleys and NZ Carbon Farming.
For all the details for the event, visit the online home of the 53rd New Zealand Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships here.