Scottish Volleyball Launches New Tartan Talent Pathway to Elevate Young Athletes to National Team Stardom

Scottish Volleyball is thrilled to announce the launch of the highly anticipated Tartan Talent Pathway, a groundbreaking initiative designed to nurture and develop young volleyball athletes across Scotland born between 2004-2009, paving the way for their future representation on the national stage. This comprehensive pathway comprises four distinct stages: Regional Talent, Developing Talent, National Talent, and Performance Talent, each meticulously crafted to unlock the potential of our budding volleyball stars.


Regional Talent: Nurturing Local Enthusiasm

The Tartan Talent Pathway kicks off with the Regional Talent stage, where Scottish Volleyball’s team of expert coaches will deliver two intensive coaching sessions in each region – north, east, and west.  Our team of coaches will support the development of aspiring stars developing their performance and preparing them for competition at school, club or Junior National League.  Promising talents will be invited to the next phase taking one step closer to their dream of National Team representation.


“We are immensely proud to introduce the Tartan Talent Pathway, which will undoubtedly be a game-changer for young volleyball enthusiasts in Scotland,” said Margaret Ann Fleming, CEO of Scottish Volleyball. “This pathway reflects our commitment to nurturing talent at the grassroots level and providing a clear trajectory for aspiring athletes to rise through the ranks.”


Follow the links below to secure your spot in the regional coaching sessions:

West of Scotland – September 9th

West of Scotland – November 26th

North of Scotland – September 10th

North of Scotland – September 16th  

East of Scotland – September 17th

East of Scotland – November 5th  


Developing Talent: Strengthening Performance Foundations

In the Developing Talent stage, selected athletes will receive enhanced support and training with five dedicated sessions. These sessions will focus on honing technical and tactical abilities, imparting sports psychology insights, and bolstering strength and conditioning. This phase is all about refining skills and building a strong foundation to thrive in the competitive world of volleyball.


“The Developing Talent stage is where we will see significant growth and progress in our athletes. We aim to equip them with the skills, knowledge, and mindset required to excel not only on the court but also in their overall athletic journey,” explained Ally Jack, High Performance Coach & Coaching Manager.


National Team Talent: Preparation for Competition

As athletes advance through the pathway, they will enter the National Team Talent stage. Here, the focus will shift towards preparing these athletes to proudly represent their country at age group levels in highly competitive environments. This phase will not only enhance their technical prowess but also instil a profound sense of national pride and teamwork.


“Our vision is to see our athletes don the national colours with pride and confidence. The National Team Talent stage is where dreams start becoming a reality,” explained Ally Jack.


Performance Talent: Fulfilling Potential

For those who continue to excel and demonstrate exceptional potential, the pathway offers additional support. This stage provides identified athletes with elite-level support through intensive performance camps and additional support in conjunction with SV partners. Here, they will receive top-tier coaching, access to cutting-edge sports science and technology, and the opportunity to refine their skills alongside fellow top-tier athletes.


“Performance Talent is the zenith of the Tartan Talent Pathway, designed for those who aspire to reach the pinnacle of volleyball excellence. It is a testament to our dedication to developing the very best volleyball talent Scotland has to offer,” added Margaret Ann Fleming.


The Tartan Talent Pathway represents a significant investment in the future of Scottish volleyball, aligning with Scottish Volleyball’s mission to elevate the sport to new heights in the country. It embodies a holistic approach to athlete development, encompassing technical, tactical, psychological, and physical aspects of the game.


With the launch of this pathway, Scottish Volleyball aims to ensure that promising young athletes have the opportunity to reach their full potential and, in doing so, contribute to the success of Scottish volleyball on the international stage.


“Scottish Volleyball has a rich history and a bright future, and the Tartan Talent Pathway is a crucial step in that journey. We want to empower our young athletes to dream big and aspire to wear the national colours with pride. This pathway will serve as the bridge between their dreams and reality,” concluded Margaret Ann Fleming.


Scottish Volleyball invites all young volleyball enthusiasts, coaches, and supporters to join them in celebrating the launch of the Tartan Talent Pathway and to be part of the exciting journey ahead.


For more information about the Tartan Talent Pathway, including application, continue to monitor our website and social media for dates and signup links on our membership system.