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February 1, 2021:  Volleyball Canada’s National Excellence Program (NEP) identification process for youth female athletes in Canada starts on February 1 through the online platform at

After the challenges in the sport landscape for the past 12 months, the NEP identification process will provide youth female athletes in grades 9-11 the opportunity to upload their profile, highlight video and physical testing data for review by the NEP selection committee. 

The Women’s NEP program is a full-time daily training environment for grade 10-12 female athletes starting in September 2021 through to December 2021. The program will include athlete support through academics, mental health, wellness, physical, technical, and tactical training at the Richmond Olympic Oval, in Richmond, BC.

“The program is a partnership with provincial and territorial volleyball associations to support the women’s national team toward the Olympic and World Championship podium,” said Athlete and Coach Pathway Director, Dawna Sales. For a video overview of the 2020 NEP program, click here.

“It is critical that our youth are able to return to the court in a healthy, safe way and the virtual identification process provides an avenue for athletes in Canada to submit their profile, increasing the overall accessibility of Volleyball Canada programs.”

The event is hosted on the platform GMTM, and will be open for uploads until March 15, 2021. GMTM is an athlete exposure platform, offering athletes a free place to store all of their athletic recruitment activity.

Each athlete will create their own account and can update their profile at any time. The cost for NEP identification is $47.50 USD.

Volleyball Canada media contact:
Jackie Skender
Mobile: 613.794.7676