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 John Harrox B; 3rd Moulton John Harrox A; 4th Langtoft B; 5th Long Sutton C; 6th Spalding Parish C; 7th Long Sutton B; 8th Spalding Parish B; 9th Langtoft C; 10th Moulton John Harrox C; 11th Spalding Parish A; 12th Long Sutton A.

Langtoft qualify for the county finals in April.

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 our juniors to be match ready for the Inter-regionals.  The inter-regionals are held annually at the end of indoor season in May.
Volleyball Grand Prix Juniors - girls

Volleyball grand prix Juniors - boys

U15 Inter County GP winners – Northamptonshire
U17 Boys Grand Prix winners – Hermitage
U17 Girls Grand Prix winners – Ashfield Vipers

Congratulations to all our junior Grand Prix winners.

Beach competition – U18s East Midlands

U18s beach volleyball 2017Obviously, the inaugural Junior 2 vs 2 competition is especially relevant.  Therefore this constitutes another milestone in the junior development program.

Well done to overall winners Emily and Mya.

Finally, a massive thank you to all the coaches and parents that make sure this all happens.

As shown above, with the various opportunities that have been created over the last couple of years there is ever increasing Junior volleyball activity visible across the region.


East Midlands Regional Volleyball League

Most noteworthy, is that a record number of 13 men’s teams entered into the 2016-17 leagues and now there are 7 women’s teams too.  Rules on allowing a limited number of NVL players into Div 1 of both men and women keeps it competitive.  Whereas, allowing men’s 2 division to have mixed sex teams has kept the development league thriving.

Womens Volleyball League | East Midlands

East Mids womens league table 2016-17


Women’s Div – Winners – Ashfield Vipers

Runners up – Darkstar


Mens Volleyball League | East Midlands

East Mids Mens 1 league table 2016-17
Men’s Div 1 – Winners – Darkstar II

Runners up – Polonia Leicester


East Mids Mens 2 league table 2016-17
Men’s Div 2 – Winners – Hermitage

Runners up – Loughborough Students



Congratulations to all our league winners and runners up last night at the East Midlands Awards Evening.

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

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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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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.

East Midlands ‘Voice’ event announced by Volleyball England

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Volleyball England have announced that the East Midlands Volleyball Voice 2016 event has been confirmed.


Date: Wednesday 7th September

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Venue: SportPark, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 2DY


There is plenty of parking available at SportPark, and the venue is easily accessible via pubic transport. Refreshments will be provided.


The Volleyball Voice is for everybody, and we need your help in attracting as many clubs, coaches, referees and players as possible.


Could I please ask you to begin to promote this through your leagues, clubs and networks? We have put together an agenda based on feedback from our members, including the new Sport England strategy, and funding and marketing workshops. In addition to this, there will be a thirty minute Q&A session to kick off the Volleyball Voice and we would ask you and your club members to please email through your questions to form this discussion.


If you could get back to me by Friday 22nd August with any potential questions and also any attendees confirmed (either yourselves, or other club or association members) that would be fantastic.


I look forward to hearing from you, and hope to see many of your at the Volleyball Voice on the 7th September.


Kind regards,




Hannah Winsbury

Membership & Business Support Officer

T: 01509 227723

Derby University has now officially started a volleyball scholarship programme for talented students


Derby University has now officially started a scholarship programme for talented students that want to join or choose  to study at Derby University. Students  that will sign up via the UCAS procedure for September 2017,  and who like to continue in performance sport will be able to have great financial help. 

For this year, they will also accept students that have graduated already, but who are interested to follow a Masters. Especially high level Seniors playing Super8 or National Juniors are our focus. Scholarships vary from £1500 to £6000 per year and in the enclosed brochure is all information included.

A University of Derby sports scholarship could help you achieve your sporting goals. They provide financial support at different levels depending on your sporting achievements, as well as a range of other benefits for all our sponsored athletes.
They’ll help you reach your full potential by striking the perfect balance between your sporting activities and training and your studies.  Students competing in all BUCS sports are welcome to apply for a scholarship. Please note that there are a limited number available, and offers are made at the Team Derby panel’s discretion.
There are three scholarship tiers and successful applicants will receive the following support and be required to compete at the levels outlined below:


Additional benefits include:

• Strength and conditioning support service

• Physiotherapy support

• Sports science services

• Fitness suite membership

• Use of Performance Suite

• Lifestyle support service

• Discounted accommodation

• Sports scholarship kit

• Dedicated athlete liaison officer


For more info download the brochure and/or contact Derby Uni

Go Spike – Beach Volleyball in Kettering every Thursday until end of June 2016

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Brand New!

Junior beach volleyball

Coach led sessions and 16+ recreational grand prix sessions are running on the beach courts at the National Volleyball Centre (Arena Sports) on Thursday evenings.

Let’s Play Beach volleyball coach led sessions

What? Junior beach volleyball coach led sessions by Steve Jones (Volleyball England course tutor and EMVA Chair)

Who? – Anyone in school year’s 9-11

Cost? – £1.00 per session

When? – Starting Thursday 19th May – Thursday 30th June 5:00 – 6:30pm

Go Spike on the beach - kettering may to june 201616+ Recreational Grand Prix Series

3 v 3 Beach Grand Prix Tournament

In the following weeks teams will be arranged on the night and players will score as individuals

Who? – Anyone aged 16+ and would like to give beach volleyball a try. This is the ideal opportunity to come along with your mates and try some beach volleyball.

Cost? – £2.00 per session

When? – Starting Thursday 19th May – Thursday 30th June

Week 1: Turn up and play session

Week 2-7: Grand Prix series

7:00 – 8:30/9:00pm

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