Darkstar Derby volleyball club

Darkstar Derby volleyball group photoDARKSTAR Volleyball train and play at various locations across Derby and provide opportunity for all to play from juniors through to adults, absolute beginners to National League players

Beginner Juniors (11-17yrs): DARKSTAR Littleover Mon 3:30pm-4:30pm £1
Intermediate Juniors (11-17yrs): DARKSTAR Juniors 5:30pm-7:00pm
Adults Recreational: Go Spike Derby Wed 7:30pm-9:30pm £5
Adults 2nd/3rd Teams: DARKSTAR Team Derby Thur 7pm-9:30pm
Adults 1st Team: DARKSTAR Derbyshire Tues 7pm-10pm



East Midlands Volleyball league 2017/18 – Open for registrations

East Mids womens league table 2016-17 - complete

20 teams entered the East Midlands regional volleyball league last year, the highest number for over 10 years.

With a new team entering the womens league – Leicester Athena and Lincoln men re-entering the mens league after taking a break to concentrate fully on the National volleyball league.

Registration is now open for the new 2017-18 season.. Current teams need to re-register and there are always openings available to any new team wanting to join.  A new team doesnt have to be part of a traditional club, it can be a social group that can commit to play home and away games and are willing to play to East Midlands (and therefore Volleyball England) rules. See attached the registration documents.



If you would like to discuss this further please get in touch with the EMVA at fixtures@eastmidlandsvb.com

NEWS FLASH – new team for 2017/18 season… before registration even opened we were contacted by Nottm Trent Uni to enter. Welcome to the league the ‘Trent Army’

The final tables for 2016/17…








East Mids Mens 1 league table 2016-17 - complete








East Mids Mens 2 league table 2016-17 - complete









Well done to the winners – Darkstar womens 2, Darkstar mens 2 and Hermitage Men.

Hermitage men and Loughborough Students men have been promoted to Mens Div 1.

Good luck for the new season everybody.

East Midlands volleyball on the beach – Summer 2017

In between all the usual summer volleyball tournaments that players can enjoy (Sandbanks, Bridlington, Bristol, Cambridge to name just a few) East midlands players had a couple of events more local to attend and enjoy.

The East Midlands is host to 2 sand courts areas, Loughborough and Kettering and they have been busy.

Kettering is home to the National Volleyball Centre as well as several sand volleyball courts.

They have been holding a regular ‘King of the Beach’ competiton and also held one of the East Mids Junior sessions.




EM beach volleyball 2017 - king and queen

Loughborough University home to Volleyball England head office and 3 sand courts has held another successful weekly evening tournament over the course of summer where players sign up every friday for a chance to play the following Tuesday.  45 players are divided randomly in to 9 teams and then play for points and each individual player carries her/his teams points on to the next week.  This results in a King and Queen of the beach by the final week.  Anyone (16yrs plus) can sign up regardless of where you live or your ability. 

For more information visit our Facebook page – EM Beach.

Well done to Luiza Da Silva and Yan Pyter




East midlands beach pairs 201712th August saw the inaugural event of the East Midlands competition for mens and womens pairs and saw teams enter form the North West, North East and West Midlands.

Winners: Viktoryia Glazewska / Rhian McCarroll
Runners up: Gabriela Pecovska / Joanna Langwald
Joint 3rd: Lesley So / Suzy Stevenson and Cristina Sechel / Jitka Jizerová
Plate winners: Mya Sewell / Emily Smith
Winners: Roland Szucs / Balint Furdek
Runners up: Jan Pyter / Radek Makuch
Joint 3rd: Joel Matthews / Dan Minicucci and Ettore Varotto / George Kalogeropoulos



JEast midlands beach volleyball event 2017unior beach volleyball was also in action over the summer and well represented by the 5 counties in the East Mids.  A series of junior training / competitions were held mainly at Loughborough beach (and Kettering) in a bid to get more juniors interested.

A number of clubs now have junior sections and more and and more schools are providing volleyball as an after school club.

The East Midlands junior volleyball development squad head coach Ian Clews is always looking for individual players, schools and clubs to contact him and get involved at the various training sessions and competitons across the East Mids through out the year.

 Contact Ian Clews for more information


International News – East mids volleyball player goes professional



Former Nottingham Rockets player Ieuan Lamb has arrived in Sweden ready for pre-season at professional club Vingåkers Volleybollklubb.


Ieuan started his volleyball career at Nottingham Rockets and East Midlands junior squads and it continued when he went to University in Sheffield.


He went on to play for the England Juniors team at the under 19 and under 20 CEV European Championships. He also played in the Super 8s league for Sheffield Hallam, where he played in the 2015 NVL Cup and Super 8s playoff finals.

Good luck with your professional career.

East Midlands junior volleyball – Beach Series Summer 2017

Loughborough Uni_beach

This year we are excited to offer the first ever East Midlands Junior Beach volleyball series.

The u15 (year 10 and below) event will provide an opportunity for players to gain experience of beach volleyball with coaching and a mini tournament.

The u18 (year 13 and below) events will culminate in a championship on July 22nd, with the format being 2v2.

Each session will have a cost of £3 per player. Players are advised to bring appropriate clothing, sun and eye protection for all weathers. Players should also bring a packed lunch and multiple drinks.


U15s Junior Beach – Saturday, June 17 at 10 AM – 1 PM

Loughborough University, Epinal Way, LE11 3TU Loughborough

The Loughborough beach courts are located at Loughborough University, Epinal Way, LE11 3TU. Use the west gate entrance at Sport Park, there is free parking close by.

To sign up or for more info on the U15 junior beach volleyball event details

U18s Junior Beach – Saturday, July 8 at 10 AM – 1 PM

National Volleyball Centre, Thurston Drive, NN15 6PB Kettering

To sign up or for more info on the U18 junior beach volleyball event details

U18s Junior Beach – Saturday, July 15 at 10 AM – 1 PM

Loughborough University, Epinal Way, LE11 3TU Loughborough

To sign up or for more info on the U18 junior beach volleyball event details

U18s Junior Beach – Saturday, July 22 at 10 AM – 1 PM

Loughborough University, Epinal Way, LE11 3TU Loughborough

To sign up or for more info on the U18 junior beach volleyball event details

East Midlands junior volleyball – Inter-Regionals round up 2016-17

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East mids_volleyball_junior_boys_-_Inter_regional_2016-17










This years Volleyball England Junior Inter-Regionals competition took place again over May bank holiday at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering.

Teams from the East midlands Girls (U14 & U16) and Boys (U15 & U17) junior squads ventured down to compete against the country’s finest junior development programs.

East mids_volleyball_junior_girls_-_Inter_regional_medal_winners_2016-17Girls results from the 2017 Inter Regional Championship, open to the 9 English regions, along with Northern Ireland:

U16s finished 5th following victories against East and London.

U14B finish 5th following victories against South West and London.

 U14A finish 2nd, beating London in the semi final before losing to North West in the final.

Unfortunately some of the U14A team had to leave before the medal ceremony, so they’ll be presented with their silver medals at a later date.

The boys teams featured quite a lot of new faces this year and battled well through every match but didnt quite get into the medal positions.

For more photos and videos go on to our East Midlands volleyball face book page.

If you or someone you know might be interested in training with the East Mids junior volleyball squads please get in touch.

If you are a qualified volleyball coach and interested in joing our coaching squad for the 2017-18 training season please contact us for more info.

If you are a school or club looking to develop junior volleyball please get in touch

A big thank you as always goes out all the volunteers, coaches and parents that make this happen.

Leicester Athena VC (womens team)

We are called Leicester Athena VC and we are a women’s club based at the Leicester Community Sports Arena (where Leicester Riders Basketball team play). We train on Friday evenings with beginners/juniors from 7 pm and advanced players from 8 pm.


We are determined to become a large and vibrant club that welcomes players of all abilities and backgrounds. 


You can find us via our website: http://athenavolleyball.weebly.com/


Via Twitter: https://twitter.com/athenaleicvc


Or via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/259949584345429/


If you are a junior, a beginner or a more experienced player and you want to become part of our club, please do get in touch.

East Midlands U17 Volleyball Grand Prix – 3rd Round 2016-17

 The 3rd round of matches in the East Midlands U17 Grand Prix took place at Loughborough College today.

U17s girls grand prix

In a great girls competition, the top teams both won 3 matches and drew one, so the winner was based on points difference from all matches, which narrowly put Vipers A ahead of Hermitage. The final standings were as follows:
1st – Ashfield Vipers A (8 points)
2nd – Hermitage (6)
3rd – Kettering (4)
4th – Ashfield Vipers B (3)
5th – Darkstar (2)

This leaves the current standings for the season as:
1st – Ashfield Vipers A (24)
2nd – Hermitage (16)
3rd – Kettering (14)
4th – Wrenn (6)
– Darkstar (6)
6th – Ashfield Vipers B (3)

U17s boys grand prix

In a high quality boys competition, where all teams have shown great progress since the start of the season, the final standings were as follows:
1st – Hermitage (8 points)
2nd – Wrenn (6)
3rd – Rockets/Darkstar/Northants (4)

This leaves the current standings for the season as:
1st – Hermitage (24)
2nd – Wrenn (16)
2nd – Rockets/Darkstar/Northants (14)

The final Grand Prix of the season will be at Loughborough College on Saturday 4th March, 12pm until 5pm.

East Mids volleyball league registration 2016-17

Hello everyone


Its that time of year again where we ask for current league teams to re-register and ask for new teams to join us.

Congratulations to the league winners

Womens 1Darkstar Derbyshire     (Runners Up – Ashfield Vipers)

Mens 1Melton Men                         (Runners Up – Kettering)

Mens 2Darkstar Derbyshire           (Runners Up – Leicester VC)


And the MVPs from each league


Womens 1Jess Stock (Nottm Rockets)

Mens 1Kris Kuksa (Nottm Casualties)

Mens 2 –  Calvin Moss (Belper Hammers)



The format for this year…..

Melton men have decided to drop out of Div 1 to allow them to concentrate more on their NVL (MN2) commitment (possibly putting a team into Div 2 instead). This means that both Darkstar 3 and Leicester VC are automatically promoted from Div 2 to Div 1.. congratulations to both teams.


So provisionally we have the following


Mens 1                                         Mens 2                                                    Womens 1

Kettering                           Hermitage                                    Darkstar womens 2

Polonia  Leicester            Belper Hammers                        Ashfield Vipers

Darkstar mens 2               Ashfield Vipers                                       Nottm Rockets

Nottm Casualties             Loughborough Uni students                Hermitage

Darkstar mens 3               Northampton Outlanders                    Lincoln Leopards

Leicester VC                                                                                       Loughborough Uni students


This is all dependent on teams above re-registering and we are aware that there are a number of potential teams that have expressed an interest in joining up too.

If we have enough new teams sign up we will look at adding a second womens league and possibly a 3rd men’s league.


It is still the case that Mens Div 2 teams can have women playing for them.  We hope this allows new teams to establish themselves and hopefully in the future get enough women interested in playing that they can submit a team in to the womens league as well.


NVL players –   we allow NVL registered players to participate in the East Mids leagues. 

Mens 1 – max of 4 on court at anytime (including libero)        

Mens 2 – max of 3 on court at anytime (including libero)

Womens – max of 3 on court at anytime (including libero)

U18s at the date of 01/09/16 are classed as U18s for the whole season and are not counted as NVL players.


We appreciate that it is difficult to find court time, referees and volunteers to score etc… How about considering organising triangulars? Need help with anything at all just get in touch


Registration forms for teams and players are attached with this seasons rules.  Any questions let me know.


Also attached is a county contact form.. can we ask that all county associations and clubs fill this in as much as they can as we are always battling to have up to date contact information.


Can you contact us as soon as possible to say you want to re-register or submit a new team please.  Forms need to be sent back before the end of September.

Fixtures Secretary
East Midlands Volleyball Association


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