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Coaching a natural transition after playing

Volleyball being played in school

Image: Chris Madden gold winning moment with West Beach Primary School


A highly regarded coach has emerged from the ‘shadows’ as Sporting Schools casts some ‘light’ on the fabulous work Volleyball South Australia’s Chris Madden has been giving students at William Light and Sheidow Park Primary Schools in Adelaide.

Volleyball Australia (VA) is working with its local volleyball clubs and networks and has sourced a group of highly credentialed coaches like Chris who deliver fun and engaging Sporting Schools programmes and use their wealth of knowledge in volleyball to help students to develop their skills.

Chris is currently the junior co-ordinator with the Henley Hawks Volleyball Club which he has been mixing with his Sporting Schools coaching programmes. 

Chris’ volleyball days started way back in 1978 at his school in Port Augusta where he obtained his first coaching qualification in 1979.  During his university years he joined the Austral Volleyball Club and stayed there until about 2005.

“I started coaching my three daughters and their team mates at West Beach Primary School at about the time I stopped playing,” Chris said.

“Initially this was in Spikezone competitions but the players were keen and soon graduated to six-a-side volleyball on full size courts. Highlights included coaching West Beach PS teams to win medals at both the State and Australian Volleyball Schools Cup competitions,” he said. 

“One of the keen players in the West Beach team wanted to play club volleyball so I recommended she join the local club which is Henley Hawks. Before too long her team mates from West Beach (including one of my daughters) joined her at the club,” Chris said.

“After the first season they played Junior League a new Junior Co-ordinator was required at the club and so I put up my hand to do this job and I think I am now in my fourth year.  The job involves organising and entering the teams but I have also coached a team each season.  This led to me being nominated to join the Volleyball SA Junior Committee by another club’s co-ordinator,” Chris said.

Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a volleyball programme at your school? Check out all the details on the Volleyball Australia page.


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