John Kessel visit to Scotland

John Kessel Visit to Scotland: World class sport system deserves world class presenters

The SVA is proud to announce that we have ensured the services of USA Volleyball Director John Kessel to present to our coaches. He has been all over the planet in a quest to improve not just American Volleyball, but to grow the game worldwide.  His main goal is to help make coaches more efficient, positive and creative, no matter what the level – 7 year olds in elementary school program or National team players and programs. He challenges old ways of thinking and helps coaches create what they need, while having fun in the process.

Since 1985 John has been working for the Natioanl Governing Body of the sport, USA Volleyball (USAV), now as Director of Sport Development, and is World ParaVolley Director of Sport Development as well. He has been coaching since 1971 at the collegiate level or above and is a sought after international lecturer, blogger, tweeter, podcaster while conducting hundreds of seminars in all 50 states and in over 50 nations. Starting in 1984 he has been part of every summer Olympics or Paralympics but two, and many World Championships. In 1995, Volleyball Magazine’s special Centennial issue named him on of the 50 most important people in the sport in the last 100 years. In 2013 the American Volleyball Coaches Association inducted him as their 60th ever member of the AVCA Coaches Hall of Fame. 

John will be visiting Glasgow on Tuesday and Edinburgh on Wednesday. His short but priceless visit includes also a morning clinic at Stirling Management Centre.

He is passionate about how coaches learn, linking his deliveries with evidence from science literature and challenging traditonal practices and behaviours. 


Date: Tuesday 31st January 18:30-21:00

Place: Glasgow Club Drumoyne 337 Langlands Rd, Glasgow G51 4AJ.

Topics and schedule:

18.30 – 19.00 a chance for an informal chat with John Kessel and networking for the coaches

19.00 – 20.45 John Kessel works with the Scottish Players on various topics with emphasis on Block Defence.

20.45 – 21.00 an opportunity for Questions and Answers with John

Date: Wednesday 1st February 10am-1pm

Theme: Junior development in the USA: Sharing good practices

Place: Stirling Management Center.

Date: Wednesday: 1st February 19.30-21.30

Theme: Reading the game in block defence

Place: Queensferry High School Ashburnham Rd, South Queensferry EH30 9JN

To register for this unique opportunity of meeting one of the greatest coach educators in the world please email here to receive a registration form. Price will be £20 for unless you are an SVA registered coach which will reduce the price to only £5.

Ioannis Panayiotakis

Coaching Manager