Notts Volleyball Association Competition 2012

The NVA will be running the Nottinghamshire Volleyball Association Central Venue Grand Prix starting on Saturday the 18 February 2pm-5pm.
The format will be a Grand Prix style event with league games and knockout stages. From the feedback we have already had we are hoping for a minimum of 6-8 teams with everybody playing as much as possible.
This is an open competition, Men, Women and Juniors are welcome and is aimed at giving beginners and improving players a chance to participate and compete, and therefore the majority of players should be players that haven’t played at Regional or National level.

If you do not have a team but still wish to play please contact us and we will try to place you with a team.

On each date there will be a winner, runner up and 3rd place determined and teams will be rewarded with points for finishing in the top 4 places. These points will then be carried on throughout the competition with the winners of the Grand prix being the team with the most points at the end of the season. 
All dates will be on Saturdays and are as follows
  • 18 February
  • 17 March
  • 14 April
  • 26 May
  • 23 June
  • 14 July

Venue –
Southglade Leisure Centre,
Southglade Road,


We would be grateful if you could let us know if you intend to enter which will help the organisation on the day, but entries will be allowed until 1:45pm on the day.

Volleyball course in Nottingham (Level1)

Please see below and attached information on an initiative that may be of interest to people who are looking to attend the Level 1 course.

By applying to be a part of this, candidates can attend a range of CPD courses and get £100 towards their Level 1 fee, meaning the cost would only be £50! The funding is however only available to candidates in the Nottingham City area.

Just as a reminder, the details of the course are:

Venue:                                                  Harvey Hadden Sports Centre

Dates:                                                   15th, 22nd & 29th January 2012

Cost for Nottinghamshire Residents:        £150 (£100 discount available to city residents on aspiring coaches scheme)

Cost for other candidates:                       £180

If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch.

Lets Play Volleyball In Nottinghamshire

I am very pleased to announce that the Nottinghamshire County Volleyball Association is once again up and running. Our first task has been to form a new committee and we held our first meeting on Monday the 26th of September 2011. One of the main aims of the Association is quite simple, to increase the number of people participating in Volleyball in the County. To that end our first initiative is going to be to set up a central venue competition once a month at the new Nottinghamshire Volleyball Centre Southglade Leisure Centre.

A recent investment by Volleyball England at Southglade has helped to create a smart two court venue for us to make use of. We would like to start this competition by the middle of November and we have provisionally booked Southglade on Sundays from 11 am – 3pm.

We are unsure at the moment what type of competition would be most beneficial to teams in Nottinghamshire. To try and decide this we would like to hear from you about what format you would prefer and what players would be available and what teams you are likely to be able to put out.

At this stage we are only asking you to express an interest, so could you please let me know the following TEAMS How many Mens Teams/Players would you like to enter?

How many Ladies Teams/ Players would you like to enter?

How many Mixed Teams Players would you like to enter?

How Many Jnr Teams/Players would you like to enter?

The following formats have been suggested so far….

League – 3 x set matches, everyone plays everyone over the season

Grand Prix – Shorter but more games with a winner each week but also an overall winner at the end of the season

Tournament – Again shorter games playing everyone else on the day

My preferred option at this stage is to run with a Grand Prix style competition therefore players/teams not having to commit to every session but benefiting those who do

Which Format do you prefer? Have you another format to suggest?

Could you please reply to the e-mail by the 16th October with the players/teams that might be interested in playing and your suggestions for the format, an any suggestions on how we can develop volleyball in the County

Yours in Volleyball

Triple success for Nottingham Rockets Juniors!


Over the last two weekends, over 20 junior Rockets players, many of whom are part of the East Midlands Junior Squads, have been involved in the preliminary rounds of the Volleyball England Junior National Championships. For the first time in the club’s history, Nottingham Rockets now have 3 squads through to the second round including an U18 women’s side. Congratulations to all involved!

U18 Women


After arriving in Barton, Rockets first game was against York VC, who as an established club side were one of the favourites to take the group. In their first game as a team, the Rockets took no time to gel together with first-rate receiving from outside hitters Sarah and Courtney making easy work for the setters. Good team play and only 2-3 unforced errors on our side meant an easy first set win and Rockets were off the mark! Concentration lapses did creep in the middle of the second set to allow York to put themselves back into the game, however again the strong serves from Sarah in particular forced them to make errors and Rockets took the match 25-14, 25-20

The second game was against an inexperienced John Cleveland College side and gave Rockets the chance to show their squad depth. Once the nerves disappeared there were strong individual performances from Jade, Chloe, Vicky and Enya who at 14, is one to watch over the next 4 years in the competition! Consistent serving from all combined with the tactical experience of NVL players Lauren and Ailis meant JCC were no match for Rockets in the first set. The second went much the same way and an excellent run of 8 serves from Vicky meant another strong score line for the Rockets girls and the squad’s second 2-0 win.

Finally they faced hosts Barton Blockers, who showed great improvement throughout the tournament and were a tricky team to play against, keeping seemingly impossible balls off the floor. The girls started off a little nervy and Barton took an early first set lead, with the rest of the set remaining tight until Rockets edged two points ahead to set point. A missed serve made for a nerve wracking finish but an excellent corner shot from Ailis gave Rockets the set 25-23. The second set started much better; confident serving from Lauren, Stephanie and Courtney put Barton under pressure as they struggled to form a three touch attack. However, some receiving errors kept Barton close and there was a big cheer from the home bench when they overtook York’s point score and claimed the second qualification spot. However, Rockets girls kept their concentration and finished off the match with a powerful cross court kill from Ailis.

Nottingham Rockets now go on to the next round on Sunday the 16th of January, where they will face Tameside, who took last years U16 Girls title, Wigan Seahawks and the winners of the Northern qualification group.

Squad: Courtney Dilks (Captain), Sarah Howsam, Melissa Large, Lauren Bell-Brown, Stephanie Hoi Ki Fu, Ailis Hunter, Enya Powell, Chloe Marriott, Jade Thompson and Vicky Johnston. Coaches: Kate Rothery and Marta Larraona-Puy

U16 Boys and U18 Men

Both junior boys’ squads are also successfully through to the second round of the National Championships. The U16 boys put in a confident performance on Saturday to win their qualification group outright and will now be placed with London team, Boswells A in the next round on Saturday the 15th of January.

The Under 18 Men had a tougher time in Barton upon Humber, with strong opposition from Newcastle Staffs ‘B’ who won the group overall. Victory against the hosts Barton Blockers and a withdrawal from John Cleveland College ensured they took the crucial second qualification spot. Next round sees them face Team Northumbria. Bolton VC and the winners of the Eastern group. The date is to be confirmed shortly.

For more information on Nottingham Rockets Volleyball Club visit

Worksop Volleyball Club 2009

Worksop Volleyball Club are celebrating success at both Senior and Junior level. Worksop Volleyball Club have been in existence for over 20 years, and recently have had the most successful period in the clubs long history. The club are developing well and are now working towards the E.V.A. 123 accreditation. The club offers an outlet for competitive and social volleyball for all ages from 12 upwards and play in the Mens East Midlands Division 1 and the Notts Mixed League.

This season has seen a determined push to develop the club with a thriving junior section at last having there own session. Having worked closely with Portland school developing young players over recent years, this is the first time that sessions for juniors have been run at an after school session and their own club training session.

Earlier this year a total of 12 players from the Club represented the East Midlands in the Regional Finals Competition at Loughborough University where 450 of England’s most talented young players played competitive matches against each other. This year Northern Ireland and Wales were also taking part. The East Midlands had a successful tournament thanks largely to the stars who have come through the Worksop Volleyball Clubs development programme.

The players to take part from the club were:

Under 17 Boys – Ryan Heath, Josh Stansbury ,Stefan Cowley, Liam Kelly, Liam Gabbitas, Artemis Mita,  Ben Tomlinson

Under 16 Girls – Claire Stevens, Molly Taylor, Pillipa, Lee, Kirsty Smith, Casey Harper


In the summer tournament season Worksop Juniors again proved very successful as they took on players from all over the North to win competitions at Whitby, Leeds and Hull. There has been more great news for Ryan Heath as he has not only been chosen as part of the England squad but has also been nominated for a Coaching scholarship with Volleyball England. This is recognition for his own hard work and determination, and for the school and the club for the partnership developing talented young Volleyball players. Congratulations to all! The 2009/10 season is going to be a very exciting season for all the Juniors as they have been entered into the Yorkshire Junior League and the U18’s National Volleyball Championships.



The past few years have proved very successful for the Men’s team who play in Division 1 of the East Midlands League. Some hard training sessions and committed play over recent years has lead them to win the 1st Division twice, and runners up twice. This year the standard of play throughout the league improved considerably with the influx of foreign talent and it has been a transitional year for the team as some of the old hands slowly gave way to the younger players, the team finished in a very creditable third position.


Last summer saw more success for the men as they took part in the Yorkshire Premier Tournament. A gruelling 6 Hours of competition at a very high level at the Gemtec Arena Hull. The tournament highlighted the progression the club have made over recent times as they went through the day unbeaten to win the tournament. The team also enjoyed successes over the summer tournament season with strong showings at Whitby and Cleckheaton and Plate winners in York.


The club train and play matches at Portland School Sparken Hill Worksop Notts S80 2SF on Wednesday evenings 7-10pm

To get involved or for further information contact

Howard Tomlinson Telephone: 01909 518851 (h)  07983 411368 (m)

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