OTTAWA, ON (March 13, 2015): Volleyball Canada’s men’s Full-time Training Centre (FTC) athletes are embarking on their annual trip to Montpellier, France, to train and compete with a similar program in that country, known as CREPS (Centre de ressources, d’Expertise et de Performance Sportives).
“After a long winter dedicated to training, the guys are excited to be heading to France to compete and learn from the experience,” said FTC coach Vincent Pichette.
“There is an excellent competitive volleyball environment in France, and although the CREPS athletes are younger than the FTC players, we are able to bring back a lot of data and test our athletes both physically and technically.”
This will mark the third year in a row that the Training Centre heads to the CREPS. However, this year they will be accompanied by Volleyball Canada’s domestic development director, James Sneddon, and a young Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence (VCCE) athlete, Kevin LeBreux of Ottawa, Ont.
“This is an opportunity to learn and research the sport school model, and compare the training environments on many different levels,” said Sneddon. “It’s beneficial to have the ability to analyze another nation’s youth programs.”
The schedule is action-packed: The Canadians will begin training upon arrival and play their first match on March 18. Canada will face the Montpellier, which plays in the French A League, currently 11th in the ranking, on March 19th; and the Alès (France Pro B team) currently 4th in the French B League, on March 20. On March 21, they take on Narbonne, which plays in the French A League and are currently ranked 12th. Canada will face Sète of the French A League (currently 6th in the ranking) on March 24.
Tentatively, the Canadians are then scheduled to play the French National Junior Team (cadets) on March 26th, and watch as Canadian senior National Team member Nicholas Hoag and his pro team, Tour, face Montpellier that night.
Volleyball Canada’s Full-Time Training Centre is based at the Centre de Sportif in Gatineau, Quebec. The training group returns to its Canadian base on March 28.
Bryan Fraser, Left Side, Saskatoon, SK
Joshua Howatson, Setter, Victoria, BC
Dane Pischke, Opposite, Winnipeg, MB
Braden McLean, Middle, Birch Hills, SK
Colton DeMan, Left Side, Calgary, AB
Jarron Mueller, Setter, Calgary, AB
Jay Olmstead, Left Side, Edmonton, AB
Tristan Aubry, Middle, Edmonton, AB
Logan Keoughan, Opposite, Miramichi, NB
Andre Brown, Middle, Mississauga, ON
Daniel Groenveld, Left Side, Welland, ON
Jay Blankenau, Setter, Sherwood Park, AB
Staff : Vincent Pichette (coach) and Jean-Sebastien Hartell (therapist)
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