May 14, 2024


The Harry Jerome Sports Centre was filled with loud and enthusiastic volleyball action as 26 girls’ teams competed in the 12U Provincial Championships May 11 and 12.  In addition to teams from across the Lower Mainland, the event welcomed teams from as far away as Kelowna, Vernon and Prince George.

“It’s the largest 12U Provincial Championships for Volleyball BC to date,” says Nicole Robb, Head of Operations for Volleyball BC.

With a grant from Sport Burnaby, Volleyball BC secured a second venue at Moscrop Secondary School to host some of the games to accommodate the size of the competition.

Last year, Volleyball BC received a federal government investment to make improvements to the Harry Jerome Sports Centre with a new roof, energy-efficient lighting and new netting to allow the facility to be used for a greater variety of sports.

“The new roof is better insulated and better lit which allows us to run a brighter event for participants and spectators,” adds Robb. “It’s a much-needed refresh.”

The enthusiasm for this 12U championship is an example of the growth in volleyball in the province. “We’ve seen about a 15 per cent growth in volleyball in B.C. this year,” says Robb. “This is fantastic as it means more kids are playing sports.”

Registered participants in volleyball, including players, coaches and referees at all levels, has grown from 9,599 in 2019 to 15,549 in 2024.  Volleyball BC is developing a new strategic plan to guide its direction from 2025 onward.


Photos: Sam Corea

Photo of winners: Volleyball BC