East Midlands Lions come 3rd in Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix

The Volleyball Eengland National Volleyball Centre, Kettering played host to the first of 4 Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix Series events yesterday with a huge success.

8 teams comprised of 65% disabled athletes came from England and Wales to kick start the new domestic Sitting Volleyball competition.  The tournament was

played in a very sporting yet competitive manner with all teams makiing

improvements throughout their 7 matches and East Midlands finishing by winning 7 matches and losing just 2 on their competitive debut.

The event also played host to the Volleyball England National Technical Official Development Programme with up and coming line judges and scorers giving up their time to volunteer on the event and hone their skills.

The results combined points for winning matches but also bonus points for fielding athletes who are eligible for the GB Sitting Volleyball side as per WOVD rules. 

With 4 wins out of 7 and 6 eligible athletes fielded in all matches the FDSW Celtic Dragons, based in Cardiff, built on their training regime of 3 or 4 sessions a week to take the tournament title. They went into the last match of the day against East London Lynx having secured the title but the runners up places were still up for grabs with East Midlands Lions playing Tower Hamlets for their chance to finish 2nd.  Tower Hamlets, a late entry of all able bodied players, continued their successful undeafted day to take 5th place with a win to push East Midlands Lions into 3rd, allowing East London Lynx to push through and beat the Welsh side to secure 2nd place.  4th place was filled by Wild Cats, a wild card team comprising players from Surrey and others with no formal centre wishing to take part.

The East Midlands Lions pulls together the best players from across the East Midlands from the 2 training locations in Lincoln on a Tuesday and Loughborough on a Friday.

The results from the Sitting Volleyball Centres go into a league table to be combined with the other 3 Grand Prix Series events to establish the final standings ahead of the Final between the top 2 sides.  The next leg of the Series takes place at the National Volleyball Centre on 24th January whereby it is hoped a number of other Sitting Volleyball Centres will join in the competition.

The 2nd stage of the Grand Prix happens this weekend

For full results and the league table please click here.

For more information on Sitting Volleyball in the East Midlands please contact rich@eastmidlandsvb.co.uk.