Last month Sand Mountain Park & Amphitheater (SMPA) partnered with the Sand Mountain Volleyball Alliance (SMVA) to help grow the sport and provide elite-level coaching and development for players in the Albertville region. Currently SMVA has one girls team and in this partnership, the two are looking to expand in the future.
In this partnership SMVA and SMPA will offer new volleyball programs that will attract players of all ages from the Sand Mountain region. By implementing fundamental-based coaching with a ‘ground-up philosophy’ with their instructors, the SMVA directors will operate the programs with the highest level of integrity and honesty. In addition, SMVA’s developmental processes will be instilled in the SMPA youth recreation volleyball program, with the goal of establishing synergy & improving player development. This will ensure success for players at all levels and help boost participation in volleyball at Sand Mountain Park.
Directors Cristy West and Mike Morrison stated, “SMVA is very excited to partner with SMPA. To have the support of such a great staff and access to an incredible facility will help us provide a quality experience for all our kids and their parents.” With over 35 years of combined coaching experience, the two plan to bring awareness to the sport while also integrating top-notch coaching. Both are also extremely active in the community and are well-connected to the girls program at Albertville High School.
With the addition of volleyball programs at Sand Mountain Park, the long-term hope is to cultivate a great relationship with the Albertville High School girls team and encourage players to join high school club sports. The Tournaments and Programming Manager at Sand Mountain Park, Marty Allen, said, “Sand Mountain Park is very fortunate to have a quality program join us and help Sand Mountain Park volleyball programs grow.”
The club will be a co-branded effort with practices held at Sand Mountain Park’s indoor Fitness Center on the hardwood courts. The two partners also plan to host 3-4 tournaments per year through the new club program, offering members of the community an opportunity to engage in an exciting sport that hasn’t been offered before at this level. For more information on sports programming offered at Sand Mountain Park, visit https://sandmountainpark.com/sports.
Sand Mountain Park & Amphitheater is a sports, leisure, wellness and entertainment venue with 16 tennis courts, 14 outdoor turf fields, a 7,000 person capacity amphitheater, an 8-lane indoor competition pool, an outdoor water park, playgrounds, an RV park, and a 103,000-square-foot community recreation center that includes hardwood courts, a 2-story fitness center, concessions, locker rooms and conference/party rooms. Sand Mountain Park & Amphitheater is part of the SFM Network, the largest and fastest-growing network of sports facilities in the nation.