New program set to REV up volleyball access in the Upper River Valley

by | Aug 31, 2023

Volunteers launch Riverside Elite Volleyball — REV in the District of Carleton North

While volleyball is popular in Carleton County, youth have long needed more opportunities to play competitively outside the short school-based season.

Three volunteers with a passion for sport and their community hope to provide a new option and a greater opportunity to pursue volleyball in the District of Carleton North.

Sandra Castaneda, Sandey St-Amand and Marisol Ortega founded Riverside Elite Volleyball (REV), a registered not-for-profit sports club. As of Sept. 1, REV is registered with Volleyball New Brunswick.

“There was no local program for kids to learn the fundamental principles of volleyball, and the school season for this sport was too short,” explained St-Amand as she explained the incentive to create REV. 

She added they also wanted to offer a desirable sports option that was missing from our area.

“Currently,” St-Amand explained, “parents have to travel their child to Nackawic or Fredericton to play in a club or even attend a summer camp.”

She explained REV’s club program allows youth players with common interests from neighbouring communities all along the upper valley from Woodstock to Perth-Andover to play and develop their skills together.

“Plus, St-Amand added, “you get to meet new friends in a team environment.”

She said REV will start with two teams this September. One will be for U12 boys and one for U14 girls.

St-Amand said the U12 Boys team is a beginner’s program, with no prior volleyball experience required.

“They will be playing tripleball, which is a modified game that allows better skill development through more rallies, which is far more enjoyable for learners,” she said.

St-Amand said REV still needs a few more boys to register.

Anyone interested in finding out more can email REVolleyball@outlook.com or check Riverside Elite Volleyball — REV on Facebook at (20+) Facebook

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