Women's NextGen Program

Women's NextGen Program

The women's indoor team is based in Richmond, BC, and represents Canada proudly on the international stage.

2021 Program Information

Volleyball Canada’s NextGen Program is an important part of our Women’s Senior National Team and is viewed as the entry point for anyone aspiring to play for Canada. The aim of this program is to create a sustainable podium pathway for indoor women’s volleyball by developing world-class athletes who contribute to the performance of the Women’s National Team and help propel Canada beyond the current successes, to Olympic qualifications and podium performances. We are working to accelerate the development of targeted athletes by engaging them in a full-time high-performance training environment during the summer months and providing international competition opportunities (in a regular summer) while also monitoring their ongoing development throughout the year.

Volleyball Canada will be hosting the Women’s NextGen Program this summer at the National Training Centre in Richmond, BC. The 10-week program will provide identified athletes with a full-time training environment that focuses on technical and tactical development in line with our Senior A team. Athletes will have access to a full coaching staff and integrated support team to guide their development and growth as a high-performance athlete. Volleyball Canada will select 12-16 athletes from across Canada with the attributes consistent with high performance and the potential to compete for Team Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team in the future.


2021 Program Details

  • Dates: 10 weeks (May 24 – July 30, 2021)
  • Location: National Training Centre – Richmond Olympic Oval (BC)
  • No international competition scheduled for the 2021 season
  • Program Fee: $950 + tax
  • Selected athletes will receive financial support from Sport Canada and Volleyball Canada (see below)
  • Selected athletes will receive support in sourcing accommodation near the NTC


Financial Implications

  • Athletes will be supported financially through Sport Canada carding for a minimum of 4 months at $1060/month (D or C1 card).
  • Housing support for 3 months at $400/month will also be available for carded athletes while they are training at the National Training Centre (Richmond, BC).
  • Tuition support for the 2021-2022 academic year;
    • Tuition support is available for courses at Canadian Universities or Colleges that are publicly supported. Other Canadian educational institutions may be considered for Tuition support on a case-by-case basis and must be pre-approved by the AAP Manager. AAP will cover a carded athlete’s tuition feed up to a maximum of $5,500 per carding cycle.
    • Eligible athletes who are attending a post-secondary institution outside of Canada are not eligible for tuition support.
  • All athletes selected to the NextGen team will be required to pay a $950 program fee. The money that is raised from these fees will be used to offset training and programming costs for the 2021 program.


2021 Program Staff

Gina Schmidt – Head Coach
Jeff Ross – Assistant Coach
Mischa Partridge – Athletic Therapist
Cody Piwowar-Desilets – Strength & Conditioning Coach
Dr. Sara Forsyth – Team Physician
Dr. Anne Muscat – Clinical Counsellor and Mental Performance Consultant
Ashlen Leonard – Sport Dietitian

2021 Selections

This year, the Women’s NextGen Program will be hosting a virtual selection process on the GMTM platform. Athletes will be prompted to submit basic physical testing data, a highlights video and full game/set footage which will reviewed by the selection committee.

Camp Format
The 2021 virtual selection process is OPEN to all eligible athletes.

Athlete Eligibility

All athletes MUST:

  • Be female
  • Be a Canadian citizen with a valid Canadian passport
  • Passport should be valid up until July 1, 2022

Selection Timeline
April 1: GMTM platform opens for submissions
April 14: Athlete submissions due
April 26: Team selected and notified
May 3-21: Various virtual onboarding activities
May 22-23: Athlete arrival and move-in
May 24-July 30: 10-week training program
July 31: Athletes depart

Selection Committee
Shannon Winzer – Head Coach, Senior National Team
Gina Schmidt – Head Coach, NextGen Program
Jeff Ross – Assistant Coach, NextGen Program
Julien Boucher – High Performance Director, Volleyball Canada

Registration Information
GMTM Registration: April 1 – 14th, 2021
Registration Fee: $47.50 USD
Registration Link: https://gmtm.com/virtuals/61/volleyball-canada-2021-womens-nextgen-program

Contact Info

For additional information please contact:

Matt Doherty, Women's National Team Coordinator

E-Mail: mdoherty@volleyball.ca