Volleyball Excellence


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The Volleyball Excellence Program was founded in 2016 with a starting enrolment of 46, now moving into its 6th year with multiple teams across Middle and Senior years. The College were awarded Overall Champion School of Australia in both Beach and Indoor Volleyball this year, a feat that has never been achieved before. The program continues to focus on the development and longevity of volleyball within our students. We acknowledge that not every student will make it to the elite level in volleyball but hope that students will experience personal growth and stay involved within the sport though educating them in additional roles such as coaching, refereeing and games analysis.

Entry Requirements

  • Excellent levels of effort and behaviour consistently displayed in school reports
  • Volleyball experience
  • Athleticism
  • Strong work ethic


Kelvin Grove State College (KGSC) has a rich history of sporting excellence, dating back to the inception of the Queensland Golf School of Excellence, developed in Partnership with Golf Queensland in 1986. Since then, the College has expanded the programs to include the Queensland Tennis School of Excellence, the Football School of Excellence, and most recently in 2016 the Volleyball School of Excellence.

Our sports excellence programs provide students with the opportunity to combine the study of their chosen sport at a high level, with their academic studies. Our programs are among the top sports programs in the country, in terms of currency, program components, success and student achievement. Students are accepted into our programs through an application and trial process, and involvement in the programs will attract an additional cost. Program Coordinators can be contacted for details on the most up to date fee structure.

Applications for Year 7 positions in the 2023 Sporting Excellence programs close July 29, 2022.   Trials are invitation only.

Program Aim

  • To provide students who have a particular talent or focus on sport, the opportunity to study their sport and learn the facets of elite athlete development.
  • To provide students with the tools to be successful at any level, from lifelong learner to elite athlete.

    Each of our programs have a comprehensive range of components to facilitate the development of the complete athlete. To ensure the currency and professionalism of each aspect of athletic development, we engage with a range of external providers to assist in the delivery of our program.

Program Components

  • Skills Development, Strength & Conditioning, Physiotherapy: Screenings and Triage, Injury Rehabilitation, Sports Psychology, Nutrition, Yoga, Athlete Management, Team Building and Leadership, Certificate III in Fitness.


​​Our philosophy on nutrition focusses on the impact of nutrition on performance being as integral as all other aspects of physical development and performance. We aim to aid our athletes in understanding that how we fuel our body directly influences the way our body works. We have developed resources, including The Healthy Athlete Plate, a wide range of recipes and diet considerations and undertake cooking classes and demonstrations with the students. The resources are accessible to our Sports Excellence athletes through the AMS platform. These resources encourage the whole family to engage in considering their nutrition, not only for athletic performance but also for healthy lifestyles.


All athletes across our Sports Excellence Programs undertake a Physio Screening or Physical Competency Assessment. Conducted by our physiotherapists, Michael and Joanne Dalgleish, and Adrian Kelly, these processes allow athletes to better understand their physical areas of strength and weakness. The results of these tests provide our Strength and Conditioning Trainers a platform to develop programs that will prepare the athlete's bodies for the stresses placed on them in their chosen sport, and assist managing or avoiding injury.

Michael and Joanne are available to students in the Sports Excellence Programs four mornings per week for triage and rehabilitation progress checks. The athlete's progress is communicated through AMS to coaches and trainers to ensure the athlete's sessions are appropriate to their recovery phase. Athletes are also provided with the tools necessary for carrying out their rehabilitation work in their Sports Excellence classes.


Injury Rehabilitation

Following injury assessment through Physiotherapy Triage, our athletes are provided with the sessions for supervised injury rehabilitation. Todd Snowdon is an Exercise Physiologist, who is available on Wednesday afternoons to supervise and assist athletes carry out their rehabilitation sessions following injury. Through these sessions, Todd can monitor the athlete's progression and evaluate their return from injury timelines, and can communicate with coaches and physiotherapists where appropriate.


Certificate III in Fitness

From Year 10, all athletes in our Sports Excellence programs are required to complete their Certificate III in Fitness. This is facilitated by The College of Health and Fitness, and not only provides students with a qualification that can assist in gaining employment in the fitness industry, but also contributes 8 points towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Students are also offered the opportunity to complete their Certificate IV in Fitness, following successful completion of their Certificate III.

Catapult AMS

Athletes in KGSC Sports Excellence Programs utilise Athlete Management System software called Catapult AMS.

AMS is a tool used to manage athlete's time and training load, monitor wellness, track injuries and rehabilitation, and communicate with coaches and trainers. Our programs utilise the calendar in AMS to plan our weekly sessions, as well as physiotherapy bookings. Parents can view their students physiotherapy reports following triage sessions using AMS.

Players can access the AMS app, to log their training times and intensities, as well as respond to a wide range of wellness metrics. Using AMS, our coaches can keep track of players' physical and mental states, and ensure their training load is appropriate and meaningful.

Each athlete also has access to their own profile, which shows their fitness and skills testing results, keeps them up to date with their program calendar, and communication tools.

Team Building and Leadership

Aside from the normal social benefits that come with the group dynamics of team sport, and indeed individual sports that train as a squad, we run a range of initiatives to assist students in personal growth and social development. These range from individual mentors, to our annual leadership camp, where some of our Year 9 and 12 students undertake a camp at Emu Gully Adventure Education Centre. This allows students to reflect on the culture within their program, their individual and collective contribution to it, and ways promote a positive environment.


Staff and Coaching Profiles

​Lachlan Dignan - Program Coordinator

Former Australian Schoolboys representative; Metropolitan North Manager and Volleyball Australia Level 2 Coach

David Kuchler - HPE Head of Department

Former Qld Pirates Captain; Metropolitan North, Queensland and Australian Schoolboys Coach, and Volleyball Australia Level 3 Coach

Sean Thomas - Volleyball / HPE Teacher

Former World Tour Beach Volleyball player; Australian Beach Junior Coach; Metropolitan North Coach, and Volleyball Australia Level 3 Coach

Benjamin Bell - Volleyball / Middle School Teacher

Australian Volleyroo 2012 – 2019; Professional player 2012 - 2016 (Sweden, Germany, Poland and Denmark)

Kirsty Keay - Volleyball / HPE Teacher

Metropolitan North and Volleyball Queensland Coach; Volleyball Australia Level 3 Coach

Jess Ryder

Former Volleyroo; current Queensland Pirates Captain; Strength and Conditioning Coach



Volleyball Excellence Coordinator – Lachlan Dignan 07 3552 7361

Last reviewed 16 May 2022
Last updated 16 May 2022