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Volleyball funding to be cut?

Posted by devo on October 27, 2009

Markleb began conversation on the Crawford review last week in his What will YOU do? post.

The Daily Telegraph suggests that  …

The Crawford review is said to have told Federal Sports Minister Kate Ellis the broad funding model that exists for Olympic sports costs the government too much. It is set to recommend only a handful of sports in which Australia is highly competitive at the Olympics – like swimming, cycling and track and field – should receive full funding.

Funding for most other sports – like volleyball, tae-kwon-do and badminton – would be phased out over several years. more

I have read so many articles from overseas sources holding up our AIS as THE model to follow. Many countries have followed the model. It is ironic that our model may disappear. As Markleb asks: What will you do? Are you ready to man the barricades?

17 Responses to “Volleyball funding to be cut?”

  1. Murph said

    The AVF seems to believe that the findings of the Crawford review have not been made at all public.

    • Graeme said

      The findings of the Crawford Report haven’t been released – however in true Hollowmen style they have been leaked!

  2. This would be a damn shame. It might not effect everyone as profoundly and not instantly, but eventually we’d lose out on the trickle down effects of having a high performance programme.

    It’s odd that we have a government that on one hand wants to tackle obesity but at the same time cut down on supporting the diversity of sport that can potentially encourage people to get active.

    Anyone know a good lobbyist?

    Other than lobbying perhaps it’s time to start thinking of ways of surviving without AIS funding. by the sounds of it there’ll be a whole lot of other sports that will have to find ideas on how to survive too.

    • Alan said

      An excellent opportunity for the new Management of Volleyball Victoria to get on the Hotline to the Minister for Broadband Communications and The Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy to voice their concerns.

      No better Lobbyist than one on the inside and with passion for the sport!

    • Murph said

      Given that volleyball funding is fed from the ground up (as a whole lot of sports are), if high-performance funding is cut, then every member of VA will be affected by this, fairly rapidly I’d imagine. By attempting to badge volleyball as one sport, not beach and indoor separate, VA believes that the funding will be harder to cut on the back of poor performance by single entities (as happened to AIS Women).

      We will see!

  3. Brian Kempe said

    Roadshow was in Adelaide last night at which there were a few SA diehards – of course!
    As we all know – AVF funding (as it is for any sport) is based largely on that sports ability to produce medal performances at Olympics and World Champs – particularly Olympics as funding tends to follow the 4 year Olympic cycle.
    In the case of volleyball then, you don’t have to be a genious to work out that Beach is where our sports greatest chance of this success lies – at the moment anyway – and that came across clearly last night.
    The priority list in the plan forward went:
    1 Womens Beach
    2 Mens Beach
    3 Mens Indoor
    4 Underpinning of development programs (including state based and talent ID)
    5 Womens Indoor.

    3 main areas of thrust are to be:
    High Performance
    Sport Development
    Business Development

    With Leadership, Its People, Well structured programs, Events (underpinning everything), and a commitment to sustainability as the 5 key threads within these larger areas to be applied.
    They admitted that their priority is skewed toward High Performance because that is what gets the funding, but that in fact the rest of us in volleyball should have similar targets and categories, with obviously our priorities being probably more balanced toward the others – as clubs etc logically we are generally not as able to have a big impact on high performance.
    Some other comments:

    Some suggestion of setting up a European base for athletes and coaches to save cost and time.
    Mens Indoor team at this stage only funded to Dec 2010.
    Volleyball membership is declining (highest recorded was 18,000, 2009 will be reported as 12,000 – even though clearly there are a much larger number of players out there.)
    There is no doubt that as a sport we need to be as big as possible as fast as possible to maintain govt support – and perform well. Mass does mean presence and an ability to put on pressure. If we dont become united my fear is that some programs will completely disappear – womens and mens indoor might be the first? And this will not be good in truncating the pathway at the top for our up and coming athletes.
    On the other hand maybe something different might come out of that – perhaps better – who knows – but I reckon the opportunity for athletes to compete nationally and internationally is a pretty hard void to fill in another way – unless I win a shit load of money on x-lotto or corporate Australia happens to decide Volleyball is worthy of a few million in funding???!!!
    Fellow volleyball community – we have a battle on our hands – adversity often generates amazing responses – lets hope we dont continue to go backwards, and on the back of the govt giving every primary school a volleyball kit – we need to make the very best of every tiny opportunity, and it needs to be lead immaculately and professionally from the top. The rest of us need to have confidence and unity in whatever strategy is decided upon as the best way forward – but for it to all work all states and stakeholders need to be in the same room, argue the hell out what is the best strategy – some compromises will need to be made – and then get down to saving and relaunching our sport.
    No easy task I realise – but without it, I think all of you can work out for yourselves where it might end up. I hope for volleyballs sake the current slide stops, plateau’s out, and then grows again – in whatever fashion the constituency takes it.
    There is no time for procrastination however – strike while the iron is hot – get stuck into it and deliver!

    • Whosin said

      With the AVF’s priority in beach, it’s pretty amusing that we lost and didn’t even get the World Beach Series to come back to Adelaide this year. Sounds like some interesting times ahead.

      • Ezra said

        priority was beach olympic medals…. no World Tour in AUS this season is due to the tournament not working out like that expected it to, in part, due to low crowd numbers. I was there…

        • Eldo said

          Must have been one of the few sitting with me.
          Wasn’t it great to see so many people in the AVF hospitality area not paying. No wonder we made a loss.

        • Whosin said

          mmm – yeah i was there too. The weather i would say was the biggest killer.

        • devo said

          From the annual report:
          The main blowout cost for the AVF was the demand by the FIVB that we provide 1900 tonnes of new sand on the beach. Nobody in
          Australian volleyball anticipated that after 25 years of national use of Glenelg beach our sand would now be deemed as not meeting the specification.

          • Brian Kempe said

            Yeah – always tough when you do something for the first time – there are always those un-expected things – although – the sand you would have hoped would have been discussed early on and could have been taken into consideration early on?
            The weather – well not much you can do about that.

            Im sure there were lots of volleyball people there – I saw quite a few the day I went, but need to appeal to the masses (non-volleyballers) who are interested in international and different sports. Obviously a lot of people didnt consider spending their $’s on seeing the worlds best beach volleyballers – Promotion I seem to recall was OK – or was that just because i am a volleyball aware?

  4. Toddy said

    I can’t believe how many people left comments in regards to that article speaking as though every athlete in every programme that gets government funding has multi-million dollar endorsements and that they dont put any effort in. One person even says that “I’d love to see any one of them do an honest day work to get their pay” so maybe showing the kind of work loads and living schedules of an elite athlete is something that should be more regularly ditributed.

  5. Brian Kempe said

    John Coates and John Conrads were on TV last night saying for the government to cut spending to sport was ridiculous and they gave the impression they were out to fight it.

    Some athletes no doubt do better than others through advertising endorsements etc etc, however every junior is heavily supported by family mainly in getting to a point where they may receive a little from other sources. The athlete (and family quite often) the whole time though commit huge amounts of time, money and effort into giving Australia the opportunity to celebrate a medal or great performance at international event. Everyone (including these critics) are quite happy to jump on the band wagon of recognition and excitement when they do, to share in their medal success – or whatever.
    Its easy to forget the countless sacrifices all athletes at this level have to make in order to reach this achievement, sacrifices to their other professional and personal careers. Only a select few end up in the media etc, the rest have to eek out another existence of some sort once they stop competing.

    Money in sport is crucial and an integral part of what Australia is, not to mention obesity, the spin off in sport that generated millions on the back of the Sydney Olympics and other events etc (they still run tours at Stadium Australia dont they for which they charge?) etc.
    Volleyball offers something for everyone at all levels of skill and motivation. You can have 40 people on each side of a net if you want – just like we did at Uni college 30 years ago hitting a ball backwards and forwards, and everything onward and upward from there!

    You dont need to be able to achieve 10 in the beep test, run 3kms or have a huge aerobic capacity to play volleyball for fun. Kids of all shapes and sizes can play, and all you need is a ball, two trees and a rope strung between them and away you go. It just needs to be promoted, exposed in the media, on beaches, in schools etc – you get my drift!
    Lets hope the political powers that be make the right decision.

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