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 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 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 – Kettering (14)
4th – Wrenn (6)
– Darkstar (6)
6th – Ashfield Vipers B (3)

U17s boys grand prix

In a high quality boys competition, where all teams have shown great progress since the start of the season, the final standings were as follows:
1st – Hermitage (8 points)
2nd – Wrenn (6)
3rd – Rockets/Darkstar/Northants (4)

This leaves the current standings for the season as:
1st – Hermitage (24)
2nd – Wrenn (16)
2nd – Rockets/Darkstar/Northants (14)

The final Grand Prix of the season will be at Loughborough College on Saturday 4th March, 12pm until 5pm.

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 to be held in Loughborough on 1-4 September at the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall, the competition is sure to be entertaining, with tickets currently on sale and selling fast. Spectators can currently use the discount code, ‘2016SGEARLYBIRD’ for £2.50 off all listed ticket prices here.

England Junior Men

Jack Arnold               Ed Van Windergen (C)

Austin Pearce            Ashley Toomey

Reggie Lathbridge      Jacob Jones

Zak Chambers           Dan Sach

George Longmore      Theo Lucas

Joe Polombo              Jack Williams

England Junior Women

Lucy Blick                  Amy Lane (C)

Nicole Short              Rebecca Fallow

Lauren Short             Katie Keefe

Hannah Monks          Megan Lakeman

Siobhan Watson        Martha Bullen

Izzy Popiolek            Chloe Ward-Cochrane

England Cadet Boys

Ali Ahmed                Noah Goalen

Yoan Kuzmanov        Ruben Forde

Freddie Bialokoz       Iraj Safaee

Adam Ketley             Sam Marsh

Ben Lucas                Daniel Thompson

Joaquin Bello            Javier Bello (C)

England Cadet Girls

Isobel Russell           Tejah Mossman-Jolley

Zsofia Omoshebi       Ellie Austin

Anna Keefe (C)         Lauren Huggins

Holly Bentley            Georgia McGovern

Mattea Goalen         Katy Murmanis

Saskia Schoeffel      Charlotte Wittram

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

East Mids juniors competing on the national stage

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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 of pride from finishing 5th in the country.

The Vipers based at Ashfield School also compete in the NVL DIv 3 and heavily feature in the East Mids junior development squads.

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 1pm
Elizabeth 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.



East Midlands Volleyball – Juniors Regional Training 2015-16

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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 for further details.

Girls volleyball training (Yr 7 to 11)

Sunday – 18/10 at Ashfield School, Notts 1000 – 1400

Further dates to ba announced

East midlands junior volleyballBoys volleyball training (Yr 7 to 12)

The following bookings at Hermitage leisure centre, Leics are confirmed.
Sat – 31/10 – (1130 – 1430)
Sun – 29/11 – (1200 – 1500)
Sat – 19/12 – (1200 – 1500)

On their first training they need to bring with them…

Training kit and trainers
Water bottle
Knee pads
Parent/Guardian details (Name, Mobile, Email address)

The cost per player per session is £3.00


U15 Inter county Grand Prix – Saturday 17/10 at Ashfield School, Notts 1200 – 1600

U17 East Midlands League – Saturday 7/11 at Loughborough College 0900 – 1230

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