Junior Volleyball

Generally speaking there is an ever growing Junior volleyball offering in the 5 counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northants and Nottinghamshire. It’s not just established clubs providing junior sessions but also more schools are getting involved too.

So, to help encourage this growth the EMVA set up a junior volleyball program in the form of development squads.  The regional boys and girls squads usually train once a month on separate days.  We also operate an inter-county Grand Prix style competition to improve match skills.

Consequently, our most important goal is to help schools and junior clubs by creating a pathway.  Secondly, this provides them with  learning the basics,  team bonding, develop match skills, advanced technical and tactical elements.  Finally, the pathway can take someone from recreational volleyball, county, regional and through to inter-regional competitions. That is if they are interested.

Furthermore, if they excel it could provide them the opportunity of training with the England cadet and Junior squads.  Significantly the East midlands have had a number of junior players go through the program recently and represent England at an international level. 

We also look to support the individual coaches and welcome them to join in at the regional training sessions.  In the long run the more coaches involved the better the transfer of information.

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Junior Volleyball News – East Midlands

Lincolnshire school volleyball – Nov 2017

In November, 12 teams from four schools traveled to Spalding High School to play in this year’s Lincolnshire South East School Sport Partnership Volleyball. Many pupils had not played volleyball before and it was great to see how quickly they improved as the day progressed. All teams played seven matches with pool games in the morning followed by knockouts.  All the children displayed excellent teamwork, passion and respect. Organiser Rupert Gibson, of Agilitas Sports, gave huge thanks to Spalding High School for hosting the event and providing pupils from their Leadership Academy to officiate. Results: 1st Langtoft A; 2nd Moulton … Read More


East Midlands Volleyball AGM and Awards Night 2017

Volleyball Review – End of Year Over the summer the EMVA held the Annual General Meeting and awards evening.  As always, the volunteers that make up the committee come together with members of the various clubs across the East Midlands. Especially important is to celebrate the volleyball achievements from the past 12 months and discuss how to improve and increase volleyball participation across the region. Junior Volleyball On top of what local clubs do for their junior players the EMVA has been supporting this with the regional development training squads. Secondly, the Grand Prix competitions have been instrumental in helping … Read More

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East Midlands junior volleyball – Beach Series Summer 2017

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 – … Read More

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East Midlands junior volleyball – Inter-Regionals round up 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. Girls 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 … Read More


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 – … Read More


Volleyball Sainsbury games – teams announced

Following double success at the 2015 Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester, where both England Junior Men and England Junior Women won gold, the squad selections are in for this year’s competition. Final preparations were made at the National Volleyball Centre last weekend, where head coaches Ross Enfield, Howard Ainsworth, Luis Bello and Dave Roberts cast keen eyes over their teams at the national training camp. This year features one of the East Mids own juniors – Jack Arnold who has represented his club (Nottingham Rockets), the EMVA as captain at the Inter-regionals and has already represented his country internationally. Set … Read More


East Midlands Junior Volleyball Competition Dates

Following on from the successful U15s and U17s East Midlands volleyball series of junior competitions last  year we are happy to announce provisional dates for the 2016 -17 season. U15 Inter County Grand Prix Saturday 8th October Saturday 3rd December Saturday 18th February Saturday 1st April   U17 League September TBC (dependant upon NVL preseason comp) Saturday 5th November Saturday 7th January Saturday 4th March   For more info please contact – EMVA Junior development officer

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East Mids juniors competing on the national stage

On Sunday 15th May, Ashfield Vipers competed in the finals of the U15 National Championship at Loughborough University, featuring the last 6 teams in the competition. They were drawn in a tough pool with Tameside and Beach Academy, who both went on to make the final. Both pool matches were competitive, but ultimately ended in defeat. This left the team in the 5th place play off versus City of Salford and having won a tight 1st set 25-23, Vipers dominated the 2nd set, winning 25-7. The girls have made great progress over the course of the season, and can take a lot … Read More


East Mids Volleyball – U15 Inter county competition update

  The successful junior volleyball competion events in the East Midlands regions keep on rolling. We can now confirm the remaining 2 Inter County (U15s) Grand Prix’s will be as follows:   Saturday 20th February   10am until 1pmElizabeth Woodville School North Campus, Sturgess Way, Roade, Northampton, NN7 2LP  Saturday 30th April    10am until 1pm Broomfield College, Morley, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 6DN  If there are any new schools / clubs / teams interested in submitting a team please get in touch with the regions Junior Volleyball Development Coach.    

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East Midlands Volleyball – Juniors Regional Training 2015-16

The East midlands has a thriving junior volleyball program which has monthly training sessions and competitions, this all leads up to the Inter- Regional competition that is usually held in May and has been hosted at UEL in London for the last 2 years. We submit girls U14 & U16s  and boys U15 & U17s and have experienced some great successes over the previous 5 years.  Any juniors wishing to take part in the monthly training sessions need to get in contact with their club coach/teacher firstly… or if they wish to email us at coachingteam@eastmidlandsvb.com for further details. Girls volleyball training (Yr 7 to … Read More


Young Coaches and Officials Programme 2015-16

In partnership with Youth Sport Trust, Volleyball England are once again opening up a fantastic opportunity for young coaches and young officials aged 15-19 to be part of an exciting development programme! The applications are now open and the full programme prospectus can be found here. Building on the success of the 2014-15 programme, the starting event will be a unique 4 day residential camp, based at Loughborough University, which will bring together 350 of the country’s most talented young sports people, to take part in a number of practical based workshops. The camp will test and challenge the attendees … Read More


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Junior volleyball – Senior Academy Prospectus is now available online

The Volleyball England Senior Academy Programme has been established to extend the England Talent Pathway, allowing talented athletes to continue to develop as Volleyball athletes whilst continuing with their education. The Senior Academy network is the natural next step along the talent pathway from the established junior academy network. The Senior Academies will be hosted by a network of partner Higher Education institutions (Universities) that provide volleyball programmes for talented English athletes. More information on the Senior Academy Programme can be found here


Celebrating England’s Juniors NEVZA All Stars

The recent NEVZA U19 in Denmark and U17 in Kettering tournaments saw no less than three English players named on the tournaments’ Super 7’s all-star squads. Nathan Fullerton and Cameron Carrington made the Super 7’s at the NEVZA U19’s in Denmark, while Ryan Poole made the tournaments’ all stars for the U17’s in Kettering. In addition, Nathan was named the U19’s male MVP for the entire tournament, in essence making him the number 1 ranked male U19 player in Northern Europe. This is an incredible achievement and is testament to not only the talent and dedication of the players, but also … Read More


Youth Sport Trust – volleyball talent camp

Volleyball England was represented superbly by 38 young people at this weekend’s Youth Sport Trust Talent Camp. The camp, which lasted four days, saw coaches, officials, and athletes brought together for a unique learning experience that promoted individuals to share experiences from their sports and their role within it. Team Volleyball was made up of 23 coaches, 5 officials and 10 athletes – the talent camp was a huge success, with the sportspeople taking part in everything from early morning circuits to a fantastic Christmas dinner. Throughout the four days, the atmosphere was electric, and the Volleyball representatives conducted themselves … Read More


Junior Volleyball – Inter-county competitions (East Mids)

7th December saw Nottinghamshire host the first East Midlands Inter-county Junior Competition, featuring teams of U15’s teams representing the 5 counties in the East Mids. There was some great volleyball on show throughout the event, with Northamptonshire taking victory having remained undefeated throughout. The final standings were: 1 – Northamptonshire 2 – Nottinghamshire A 3 – Leicestershire C 4 – Nottinghamshire B 5 – Derbyshire 6 – Nottinghamshire C 7 – Leicestershire B 8 – Leicestershire A 9 – Nottinghamshire D (Unfortunatelly Lincolnshire wasn’t able to submit any teams) The next tournament is on Saturday 10th January at Castle Rock High … Read More

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Calling all potential junior volleyballers in the East Midlands

The East midlands volleyball junior development team is on a recruitment drive for the coming season. What is junior volleyball? Volleyball is a fun and easy to learn team sport that can be played socially on grass, beach or a court. It requires between 4 and 12 people (split into 2 teams) to be able to play and requires no previous training to start a game. Who can train at a regional level? Absolutely anyone, you don’t have to be a natural athlete to enjoy volleyball and we can help you to improve your core skills that are required for other … Read More

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Volleyball Tournament – Ashfield – Nottinghamshire – 12th July 2014

A volleyball tournament is being held at the Ashfield School near Kirkby in Ashfield , Nottinghamshire on the 12th July.  It is open to both adults and juniors and the deadline for entries is July 7th. To enter a team contact ianclews@hotmail.co.uk Its a 4 aside competition and is on from 10am to 4pm. Ashfield is home to the Ashfield Vipers.. a school club that has consistently supplied girls and boys to the East Midlands development team and this resulted in the Vipers joining the National volleyball league system last year when they entered a womens team into Div 3. The … Read More


East Midlands juniors are preparing for the Inter-regionals

The East Midlands junior coaching team are in final preparations for this years Junior Inter-regionals and are gearing up to travel with 4 teams (Boys U17/U15’s and girls U16/14’s) to the event in London at the start of May. The Inter Regional Championships is the competitive outlet for junior volleyball players currently part of Regional Talent Development programmes. The competition also provides an opportunity for players to be scouted by Divisional and National Squad coaches. The 2014 Championships will take place from 3rd-5th May at the University of East London SportDock, Docklands Campus, University Way, London, E16 2RD. Please click … Read More

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Junior volleyball training season about to start

If you are a school or club that is looking to start a junior section get in touch because Volleyball England are looking to increase junior participation as part of the Olympics legacy. This can help schools and clubs join together to start up satelite clubs with outside support. The East Mids Volleyball Association have a junior development program in place that comes together once a month to improve all levels (absolute beginner upwards) and at the end of each season enters the Inter-regional competition. We enter teams for Boys U15s /U17s and  Girls U14s / U16s so if you have any Junior players … Read More