Avalanche and East Kootenay Volleyball Club form partnership

Members of the Avalanche Summer Volleyball Camp try out the newly refurbished beach volleyball courts at the College of the Rockies. - Photo submitted
Members of the Avalanche Summer Volleyball Camp try out the newly refurbished beach volleyball courts at the College of the Rockies.
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The College of the Rockies Avalanche volleyball team and the East Kootenay Volleyball Club (EKVC) have formed a new partnership aimed at building volleyball in the East Kootenays.

The new partnership will allow for the two organizations to share knowledge and infrastructure which will, in turn, provide opportunities for local athletes to have access to high-level volleyball in their own backyard.

Manager of Campus Life and Athletics Cori Andrichuk notes, “We have had a long-standing relationship with the EKVC.  Many of our former and current players help out with coaching for the club and they frequently use our facility for games.  This partnership helps us to continue to grow the existing relationship for the benefit of volleyball in the region.”

The collaboration is already seeing benefits.  Over the summer the EKVC invested both funds and labour to rebuild the beach volleyball courts next to the track at the College.  “The courts have been completed and they are an outstanding addition to the College track facility,” says Andrichuk.  “This was a huge project that was spearheaded by EKVC coach Troy McFadzen and will benefit not only Avalanche and EKVC teams but College students and the Cranbrook community.”

EKVC Vice President Karen Kettenacker is pleased with the new courts. “Beach volleyball provides excellent cross training for indoor volleyball.  The newly restored courts will also provide a training site for athletes trying to qualify for the BC Summer Games.  We look forward to hosting some beach tournaments in 2014,” she said.

The Avalanche organization and the EKVC thank everyone who helped with the court restoration, the numerous volunteers, Frank Sandor from Sandor Rentals who donated the use of a bobcat and Shane Hebditch from Hebditch Holdings Inc. who donated both materials and time.

To learn more about the East Kootenay Volleyball Club, go to:  Learn more about College of the Rockies Avalanche volleyball at:


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