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.

Lincoln Imps Feature In First Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix Of 2015-16 Season

The first Sitting Grand Prix of the season took place at the Ashcombe Volleyball Centre in Dorking on Sunday 20th September, which featured many familiar faces from last season as well as some eager new recruits.

Tier 1 of the competition included the top four teams from last season’s Grand Prix series.  Defending champions, East London Lynx were looking for a strong display to demonstrate they were still the team to beat.

There were a number of close matches in Tier 1 with Newcastle Staffs playing to three sets in each of their three matches. Their first match saw a close encounter with H4H Phoenix A. The match went into a third set which went in the favour of H4H Phoenix A 15-8. Their second and third matches respectively followed suit in that they just couldn’t see the final set out. It was still a very successful day for Newcastle Staffs as they finished the day in second place in Tier 1. East London Lynx on the other hand had no problems with claiming victory as they stormed Tier 1 with three victories from three. Their first victory came after a powerful performance against Lincoln 2-0 (25-9, 25-15). East London Lynx had to work for their wins in their final two matches as both H4H Phoenix A and Newcastle Staffs took the matches to a third set. However East London Lynx showed why they are reigning Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix Series champions as they were able to claim maximum points from their final matches and claim top spot in Tier 1.

Tier 1 MVP – Tyler McClarron, Lincoln Imps and C. Francis Nduka, Help4Heroes Phoenix A.

Referees course – October 2014 – Lincolnshire

Dear All
I have had confirmation from Volleyball England that a Grade 4 referees course will be held on Sat 4th October (9am -6pm) at Spalding Grammar School, Priory Road, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 2XH (Home of Spalding Saracens VC). We will be in the Gym from 9-12 and the classroom after that.The cost is £50 per head but county volleyball associations (such as Cambridgeshire) have in the past pledged to pay half of the fees for any candidates. Here are directions to the venue:,-0.1534823,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4878037ea8c8eef9:0xc0e959ca359bbdbf?hl=en

Candidates must be 16 or over and the course has recently been reduced from 2 days to 1 to encourage participation.
There is a need for higher numbers of quality referees in local leagues, so would everyone please use all avenues open to them to advertise and encourage this course to be filled. It is a fairly central location for many county associations, which should help this.
Any questions, please ask me on

Ben Cook
Spalding Volleyball Club

Lincoln Imps have become the first English Sitting Volleyball Club to gain Volley 1 accreditation

Lincoln Imps

Congratulations to the Lincolnshire Sitting Volleyball Association, also known as Lincoln Imps, who have become the first English stand alone Sitting Volleyball Club to gain Volley 1 accreditation. The club, founded four years ago, has developed rapidly driving sitting volleyball at school level but also offering high level competition to its senior members, who include players who have represented Great Britain. The club is truly inclusive, promoting sitting volleyball as a great sport for able-bodied and players with a disability to enjoy together.

Achieving Volley 1 (Clubmark) accreditation is an excellent achievement for the club who have been working very hard to expand their profile in the community, cement best practice in terms of club management and make sure they have a safe and accessible offer for young people. Lincolnshire Sitting Volleyball also attended Volleyball England’s recent Volley 123 Club Day where they were able to complete the required scUK courses to complete their application. Volley 1 accreditation gives the club Sport England’s prestigious Clubmark award – the only national cross-sports quality accreditation scheme for junior sports clubs and a demonstration that Lincolnshire meets all of Sport England’s minimum operating standards. Well done to all the club committee and volunteers for their hard work!
Club Treasurer and Welfare Officer Ben Richards commented on how valuable the process had been for the club;

“We are over the moon to receive our Volley 1 accreditation and to be the fist stand-alone sitting volleyball club to do so, this is a huge achievement for the club and we believe essential to our growth.

The accreditation will help the club tremendously – we are doing some work in schools already and this will help to establish more partnerships with even more schools. It shows that we are serious about sitting volleyball and work to best practices to maintain the club and look after its members.

We feel that the best way to sustain the club is to recruit juniors and our plan is to create a mixed junior session consisting of able and disabled children, both boys and girls. The main weakness for sitting volleyball is that it’s not that well known at the moment but this is also its strength. Junior players will be able to progress quickly with real opportunities of playing for Great Britain, and we want to be able to give them that chance.”
The club joins Surrey Gators (Ashcombe VC), Portsmouth and Essex Pirates, all of whom are also part of accredited clubs. Several other fellow Sitting squads and clubs are also working towards accreditation or re-accreditation.
“It’s really promising for the future of sitting volleyball in this country to see Lincolnshire and other sitting sides really taking an active approach to getting young people involved,” commented Kate Rothery, National Club & Membership Development Officer.
“Gaining Volley 1 accreditation shows that the club is offering quality and safe opportunities for these young players and their parents can be very confident leaving them in their care. It’s also a sign of quality club management and we look forward to seeing Lincolnshire Sitting Volleyball continuing to thrive!”
For more information about Volley 1 (Clubmark accreditation) and how your club can join the programme, please visit the Volley 123 pages of Volleyball England’s website.

Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix 3 sees a fresh face at the top

The third Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix was held at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering on 11th December 2011. Lincoln Imps previously gained promotion into Tier 1 for the first time while the Volleyball England Youth Forum were participating in their first official competition. Eagles and Gators were the only team going into the Grand Prix unbeaten. Rob Richardson (Great Britain and Eagles and Gators Captain) enthused “We are unbeaten so far this season, and we hope to continue that today”.

Eagles and Gators started the Grand Prix with a comfortable 2-0 win against Simpsons, while London Lynx beat Battleback to 10 and 13. Lynx carried their positive momentum into their second game against Lincoln Imps, again winning 2-0. Eagles and Gators contested a tough first set against Battleback, but saw off the determined side in the first set with a 25-20 win. Battleback were unable to maintain their form, and lost the second set to 11.

Lincoln Imps beat Simpsons 2-1 after losing the first set to 16, a great turn around for those involved. Eagles and Gators had a comfortable victory against Lincoln Imps, winning the first set to 9 but being pushed a little closer in the second 25-19. In one of the most exciting matches of the day, East London Lynx became the first team to beat Eagles and Gators in the 2011 Grand prix Series. The match was closely fought throughout, with East London Lynx coming out on top 25-23 25-21.

They followed that victory with another against Simpsons and in doing so, registered their first unbeaten weekend of the series. The final game of the day was between Lincoln Imps and Battleback. In a pulsating match, Lincoln beat Battleback 2-0, winning both sets to 23. On another day, the scores could easily have been reversed. The win ensuring Lincoln Imps remained in Tier 1. East London Lynx finished in first place for the first time in this years Grand Prix series and edged closer to a place in the Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix Final at the National Volleyball Centre in April. In Tier 2, the Volleyball England Youth Forum made a great start to their first Grand Prix, winning hard a fought match against Kent Wyvern to and 20 and 22. Ilona Berry, Volleyball England Youth Forum lead member of staff commented: “I’m so proud of the Youth Forum. Being here today is a fantastic opportunity for them to learn more about sitting volleyball and take it back into their communities.”

In the second match, Portsmouth played Essex Pirates. A good game ended with the Pirates as victors who then went on to claim victory in a tough match against Lougborough Lions, which saw the teams battling through 3 sets with the decider being won 15-10. Portsmouth’s next match was against Kent Wyvern, ending with Portsmouth’s first victory and Kent Wyvern’s second consecutive defeat (25-6 and 25-12). Essex Pirates continued their winning streak as they also beat Kent Wyvern 2-0. The Volleyball England Youth Forum were up against Portsmouth in their next match. They managed to take the lead against a Portsmouth team who were confident after their first vitory, however they couldn’t quite see it through to a set victory as they lost the first set to 23 and the second to 14.

The VE Youth Forum lost their next match in against a Loughborough Lions team who were on a high after beating Kent Wyvern 2-0. They also lost their final game against Essex Pirates, however performed admirably throughout cosniderign this was their first official competition. Hannah Carey, part of the National Volleyball Academy and a part of the Volleyball England Youth Forum “I did not realise how difficult it was compared to standing. It was really good and I think we need to promote it more and encourage younger people to play in the Grand Prix.” The final encounter of the day was between Lougborough Lions and Portsmouth, with the Lions beating Portsmouth and, in doing so, finishing in their highest position in the Grand Prix series so far.

Essex Pirates were the form side in Tier 2, winning all their matches and claiming promotion into Tier 1 for the next Grand Prix. MVP’s were Alex Menya (Battleback) for Tier 1 and Guus Van Den Elzen (Loughborough Lions) for Tier 2.

Article by Bethany Capps, Emma Hanger and Sofia Ghelli

Lets Play Volleyball Festival in Lincoln May 2010


Lets play volleyball is an event for school children, to promote volleyball and encourage more people to become involved.


Interested? If so read on………

On the 8th may this event will be hosted within the heart of Lincoln,

Better yet, the event will be hosted within the historical castle of Lincoln,

Registration will take place at 10:30 am with an 11am start.

If you want to be involved, as a volunteer, want to enter your school for the tournament or have any queries about the tournament please contact:

Janet Inman at


Lee Bowden at

Lincolnshire FGP 2009 /10

Lincolnshire Volleyball Information


Junior Freestyle Grand Prix

The ‘Freestyle Grand Prix’ is the Lincolnshire League for Juniors – it gives Junior players the opportunity to play competitive Volleyball on a regular basis.  

Juniors turn up to the events as individual players and get put into randomly selected teams on the day.

Depending on numbers attending, the format will either be 2v2, 3v3 or 4v4.

Individual player ranking points are awarded for every match played and are added up throughout the season.

Each player also scores ranking points for their Club or School.

There will be 10 matches played at every event however duration of the matches is decided on the day.

There will be 7 FGP events throughout the season, dates below:












Following a short break during exam time summer sessions start. All summer dates are to be confirmed.


·        Again, although it is a Lincolnshire programme; juniors from around the region are welcome to attend these sessions as extra training (there is a £3 charge per session).



 Mentoring Sessions

·         Lincoln Cannons Volleyball Club offer a mentoring scheme to coaches, volunteers, parents etc.

·         There will be 3 or 4 dates over the year where other coaches in the area can attend.

·         If anyone is interested in attending any of the mentoring sessions please get in touch with Lincoln Cannons Volleyball Club  (07974 566832 – and you will be sent information when sessions are arranged.