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Volleyball High Performance Program


​In our High Performance Volleyball Program, here at Holland Park State High School, we believe that participation, collaboration and communication are the pillars to developing but only great athletes, but successful future adults. We understand there are some like lessons we simply can't teach inside a classroom. We continually work on our High Performance Volleyball Program to offer our students the opportunity to engage in an enriching, elite sports experience.

Program Areas

First introduced in 2001, the program is designed by qualified and experienced volleyball coaches to facilitate the development and extension of our student's skills, and it consists of:
  • Elite volleyball skill development
  • Fitness training and a tailored injury prevention program
  • Team work activities
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Officiating and match refereeing opportunities
  • Tournament organisation


Our volleyball program is led by Craig Dawson, a level-3 accredited volleyball coach and qualified referee with the Australian Coaching Council.

Craig has been involved with the High Performance Volleyball Program from its inception in 2001 and has put together a coaching team consisting of dedicated staff member with vast experience coaching at Elite levels. Craig mentors graduate students from the High Performance program, who undertake coaching with some junior teams.

Learning Opportunities

Students who participate in our High Performance Volleyball Program are given the opportunity to undertake district (Level 1) and regional (Level 2) refereeing courses, which are run by Volleyball Queensland. Our students also have the option of taking an additional Level 1 coaching course.

We believe a great way of leaning is by learning, so we give our senior Scholl Volleyball program members the opportunity to mentor and assist the junior teams and provide them with positive role models both on and off the Volleyball court.

The friendships that are formed and the guidance provided by our senior mentors is what assists students in developing their capacity for team work, leadership and effective communication.

Representative Honours

For over 15 years, out High Performance Volleyball Program has helped transform hundreds of our athletes, and we have seen some of them prosper in regional, state, national and even Olympic competition levels. We are thrilled to acknowledge:

  • 100+ Regional representatives
  •  36 State representatives
  •  21 National representatives
  •  1 Olympic Beach Volleyball representatives


Key Events

In addition to participating in QLD state Secondary Schools Sports, our school teams also participate in:

  • Queensland Senior Schools Cup
  • Queensland Intermediate Schools Cup
  • Queensland Junior Schools Cup
  • Australian Schools Cup