National Secondary Schools Volleyball
Monday, April 4, 2016
On Sunday 3,500 volleyball enthusiasts arrive in Palmerston North for the Massey University 48th National Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships.
Teams from as far south as Dunedin and Whangarei in the north including several Bay of Plenty teams will be vying for the national titles at stake. Ninety seven girls’ teams, across six divisions, will be seeking to topple Burnside High School, the 2015 champions while Western Heights aim to retain their winning ways of last year when they won their 10th title. There are seventy five teams competing across four divisions in the boys competition.
Volleyball New Zealand Operations Manager, Julie Carpinter, has had to find three extra courts in addition to the nineteen being used at Arena Manawatu.
“It’s certainly been challenging finding enough space to cope with the increasing number of teams coming to this prestigious tournament. Thankfully our lead sponsor, Massey University, has been able to allocate three courts to us at the Massey campus. We believe this tournament is the largest indoor sports event in the country.”
“We are excited to have joined forces with Volleyball, the game for a growing number of youngsters” says Massey University Director of National Events & Sponsorship, Shelley Deegan. “Many of the players coming to the popular tournament will be going to University next year so this event gives Massey University the opportunity to connect with those young people.”
“Volleyball New Zealand could not provide such an event without the assistance of Sport Manawatu and in excess of 50 volunteers,” says Carpinter. “Volunteers are crucial in keeping the twenty two courts inaction for five days from Monday 4th April.”
The finals will take place at the Arena on Friday April 8th with the girls at 3 30pm followed by the boys at 5 15pm.
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