Women’s Avs to host youth volleyball camps

Young girls in Grade 7-9 will get a chance at some college-level training during two sessions with the women's Avalanche head coach.

Local volleyball players will have a chance to get some coaching from the Avalanche during two camps in August that will be run by women’s coach Agata Bendkowska.

The camp is for girls in grades 7-9 that will focus on building and strengthening  foundational skills as they move into high school volleyball.

There will be an emphasis on foundational skills, team play, offensive and defensive court positioning and mental and physical conditioning, said Brian Millis,who is Bendkowska’s assistant coach with the women’s Avs.

Other camp activities will include scrimmages and some training outside the College of the Rockies gym in the beach volleyball courts.

The camp will have a minimum of 12 spots, with a maximum of 40, on a first come, first serve basis. The two sessions will run in the afternoons from Aug. 12-15 and Aug. 19-22.

While Bendkowska and Millis will be working with the young talent, they will be getting some help from the women’s Avalanche team, as a few signed and committed athletes for next year’s squad will be around as well.

“They come in and help out with the camp and then a portion of the money goes towards the team, so it helps out the program, more or less than anything, and then we give back to the community as well,” said Millis.

Anyone wishing to register can find forms on the Avalanche website at: www.cotr.bc.ca/avalanche/