National Excellence Program (NEP)

National Excellence Program (NEP)

National Excellence Program (NEP)

Program Overview:
The National Excellence Program (NEP) is designed to prepare athletes to perform at the highest level of our sport and to continue their development towards the National Senior Team Program and/or playing professional volleyball. It offers individual technical and tactical skill development as well as team play refinement. Athletes are exposed to an array of Sport Science and Sport medicine services, dispensed by leading Canadian practitioners in a holistic high-performance environment. NEP athletes, through training, competition, and tours are introduced to leading international volleyball programs and clubs.
Those selected to the NEP are committed to an investment in their future as an international athlete competing on the world stage.

Congratulations to the following athletes on their selection to the National Excellence Program:

Brooke Malek, AB (Libero)
Chloe Ladd, BC (Libero)
Jenna Pollock, ON (Middle)
Elyse Allard, SK (Middle)
Payton Lightfoot, ON (Middle)
Mackenzie Pool, BC (Outside/Middle)
Shynelle Woroniuk, AB (Outside)
Maryn Boldon, AB (Outside)
Mady Saris, ON (Outside)
Emoni Bush, BC (Outside)
Tara Garvey, ON (Outside)
Olivia Boulding, BC (Outside)
Jada Hamer, AB (Outside)
Viktoria Wahlgren, ON (Setter)
Bella Noble, NS (Setter)
Lucy Borowski, BC (Setter)

The objectives of the NEP program are to: 
1) create a high-performance daily training environment with provincially and nationally identified 16-18 year old athletes
2) monitor and support the WHOLE athlete through national team staff leadership
3) enhance volleyball skills to match and exceed those of other top nations
4) provide a balance between academic and training demands

Nationally identified athletes would be committed for the duration of the program and would not participate in other club or school-based programs during the program (Sept-Dec). This program is designed for athletes who have chosen volleyball as their primary athletic pursuit. Student-athletes may be exposed to other sports during the year as a means to support their volleyball development. Athletes will return to their home school in January, and encouraged to participate in their local club to further their development and regain family/social bonds.

The program would integrate online and/or classroom learning to support excellence in academics while managing a high-performance training load. Students graduating from the program can expect to improve their opportunities to excel in a post-secondary program.

This program also aims to propel Canada beyond the current success of Olympic qualifications to Olympic podium performances.

Program Details

2020 Program Overview

  • Athlete Eligibility: Female athletes in grades 10-12
  • Location: Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond, BC
  • Dates: September to December (approximately 80 training days)
  • Assistant Coaches: To be determine
  • Sport Medicine: IST Staff, including mental health and recommended practitioners will be made available.
  • Athlete Selection: Volleyball Canada will identify and invite 14-18 athletes each year. 
  • Education: Student-athletes complete online courses from their home province and are provided daily face-to-face classroom support from a certified teacher. Three hours of daily study time is integrated within the program schedule, with evenings and weekends free for additional study time.
  • Living Arrangements: Athletes, in groups of 2 or more, will reside with a locally approved family, along with a transit pass
  • Training: Sessions will vary from on-court, strength and conditioning, education, therapy and recovery.
  • Competition: Competition opportunities will be provided on weekends and occasionally on weekdays. Matches and tournaments will be held with University and College programs. Travel will be based primarily in BC and Alberta. The program may host teams from across Canada and internationally.
  • Program Fee: $6000
      • includes all training, gear, administration, education support, local travel, and homestay expenses
      • does not include travel to and from training venue in Sept and Dec
      • does not include any educational related expenses for online registration or out of province students
      • Each Provincial/Territorial Association (PTA) may provide a subsidy up to $2500 per athlete.  Check with your PTA for details and/or other sources of subsidies.