North Fulton's A5 Volleyball Combines Forces With 'Fusion' in McDonough
A5 Volleyball Club, a nationally acclaimed, Junior Olympic volleyball program located on the north side of Atlanta, announced Fusion Volleyball Club in McDonough, will be joining the A5 Family. The two programs have common work, play and ethics standards and the cross-pollination of the programs will result in stronger teams on either side of Atlanta. From this point on, Fusion will be called “A5 South.”
“We have been talking about having a presence on the South side of Atlanta for some time,” said Bob Westbrook, one of A5’s founders. “We have come to know the leadership of Fusion Volleyball Club over the past few years
and they share a similar vision and values. Merging the two organizations made a lot of sense.”
A5 will continue play at its northern locations: Southern
Volleyball Center on the Roswell/Alpharetta border; The Cooler in Alpharetta; and GA5 at the Suwanee Sports Academy in Gwinnett County. Fusion will maintain its current location in McDonough at 130 Westridge Industrial Blvd. The merger allows the clubs to share administrative, financial and business functions as well as collaborate on professional development, training and other best practices for coaches.
Fusion Director Joe Whigham said, “We have been modeling our club after A5 since we opened our doors, as everyone in the industry knows they are the best club in the South. We are excited about the merger because we
believe that joining forces with A5 will kick-start our organization ahead by five years.”
“We are very proud of what A5 has accomplished in such a short time, but there is so much more that we can do," A5 Director Michael Fletcher said. "We all believe that our best days are ahead of us and we look forward to welcoming A5 South into the family.”
One of the nation’s elite junior volleyball organizations, A5 has qualified more teams for the USA Volleyball National Championship Tournament than any other club in the country over the past three years. It set a new standard in 2012, when all 48 of its graduating seniors desiring to continue their volleyball careers committed to playing intercollegiate volleyball. To date A5 has won more Southern Region titles and earned more USA Volleyball and AAU medals than any other club in the state of Georgia and in the Southern Region.
A5 was founded in 2005, when it fielded 8 teams; it has grown exponentially since then. Its first sister club—GA5, training out of Suwanee Sports Academy—opened for business in 2009. The two clubs have 48 teams now ranging in age from U10 to U18, including two boys teams.
Fusion Volleyball Club, formerly known as the McDonough
Magic and now A5 South beginning with the 2012-2013 season, expects to field 16 teams ranging from U11 to U18. Club players come from not only the city of McDonough, but from all over Henry and Fayette Counties, nearby Warner Robins, Covington, Coweta and as far away as Douglasville, Columbus, Athens and Macon.
The Southern Volleyball Center - which opened in December 2011 and features a five-court, state-of-the-art, 20,000 square foot training and competition venue is, along with the Cooler, the primary training facility for A5 Volleyball. Volleyperformance, one of the top training companies in the South, trains at Southern Volleyball Center as well. The facility can accommodate about 350 players and over 700 spectators for a tournament.