Young Coaches and Officials Programme 2015-16

In partnership with Youth Sport Trust, Volleyball England are once again opening up a fantastic opportunity for young coaches and young officials aged 15-19 to be part of an exciting development programme! The applications are now open and the full programme prospectus can be found here.

Building on the success of the 2014-15 programme, the starting event will be a unique 4 day residential camp, based at Loughborough University, which will bring together 350 of the country’s most talented young sports people, to take part in a number of practical based workshops. The camp will test and challenge the attendees in an intense multi-sport environment and prepare them for the programme that is to follow

Junior volleyball – Senior Academy Prospectus is now available online

The Volleyball England Senior Academy Programme has been established to extend the England Talent Pathway, allowing talented athletes to continue to develop as Volleyball athletes whilst continuing with their education. The Senior Academy network is the natural next step along the talent pathway from the established junior academy network. The Senior Academies will be hosted by a network of partner Higher Education institutions (Universities) that provide volleyball programmes for talented English athletes. More information on the Senior Academy Programme can be found here

Celebrating England’s Juniors NEVZA All Stars

The recent NEVZA U19 in Denmark and U17 in Kettering tournaments saw no less than three English players named on the tournaments’ Super 7’s all-star squads. Nathan Fullerton and Cameron Carrington made the Super 7’s at the NEVZA U19’s in Denmark, while Ryan Poole made the tournaments’ all stars for the U17’s in Kettering. In addition, Nathan was named the U19’s male MVP for the entire tournament, in essence making him the number 1 ranked male U19 player in Northern Europe.

This is an incredible achievement and is testament to not only the talent and dedication of the players, but also the skill and knowledge of the coaching staff of the boys Cadet and Junior squads, the players’ club- and academy coaches and the Volleyball England Talent Team. The support of family and friends also needs to be recognised with a big thank you!

For more info visit Volleyball England

Youth Sport Trust – volleyball talent camp

Volleyball England was represented superbly by 38 young people at this weekend’s Youth Sport Trust Talent Camp. The camp, which lasted four days, saw coaches, officials, and athletes brought together for a unique learning experience that promoted individuals to share experiences from their sports and their role within it.

Team Volleyball was made up of 23 coaches, 5 officials and 10 athletes – the talent camp was a huge success, with the sportspeople taking part in everything from early morning circuits to a fantastic Christmas dinner. Throughout the four days, the atmosphere was electric, and the Volleyball representatives conducted themselves superbly.

For more info visit – Volleyball England

Junior Volleyball – Inter-county competitions (East Mids)


7th December saw Nottinghamshire host the first East Midlands Inter-county Junior Competition, featuring teams of U15’s teams representing the 5 counties in the East Mids. There was some great volleyball on show throughout the event, with Northamptonshire taking victory having remained undefeated throughout.

The final standings were:

1 – Northamptonshire

2 – Nottinghamshire A

3 – Leicestershire C

4 – Nottinghamshire B

5 – Derbyshire

6 – Nottinghamshire C

7 – Leicestershire B

8 – Leicestershire A

9 – Nottinghamshire D

(Unfortunatelly Lincolnshire wasn’t able to submit any teams)

The next tournament is on Saturday 10th January at Castle Rock High School in Leicestershire from 10am until 1pm.

And there will be more events through the season.

For further information, please contact

Calling all potential junior volleyballers in the East Midlands

East midlands junior volleyball training

The East midlands volleyball junior development team is on a recruitment drive for the coming season.

What is junior volleyball?

Volleyball is a fun and easy to learn team sport that can be played socially on grass, beach or a court.

It requires between 4 and 12 people (split into 2 teams) to be able to play and requires no previous training to start a game.

Who can train at a regional level?

Absolutely anyone, you don’t have to be a natural athlete to enjoy volleyball and we can help you to improve your core skills that are required for other sports too. We will start with the basics and develop you to a point that you are comfortable with. This may mean you just become a more confident and able player that just plays socially or you may end up playing in one of the local teams. If you show real potential national league awaits you.


Because its a fun game to play, and when you are on holiday (especially on a beach) there is most likely an opportunity to join in a game and get to know others more easily. Where ever you move to in Britain during your life there will be a club close by that you can join. Most colleges and universities have teams and there are competitions for all skill levels and age groups throughout the year but especially during summer.

How can I improve?

The East Mids development squad training occurs once a month for 3hrs at a weekend usually from October to April with opportunities to play in competitions towards the end. We have four squads, Girls u14 & u16, Boys u15 & u17. You can be absolute beginners or someone who has already played a bit at school.

Where can it lead?

Volleyball groups are very social and its a great way of making friends now and in the future. For those who show potential as volleyball athletes you will be given the chance to train in the national junior team programme and then into the cadet system where our future national teams are drawn from. There are also several national leagues for both men and women to compete in.

Not only that there are training courses for coaching and refereeing that can progress you to an international stage if so desired.

How do I apply or find out more?

Contact the junior volleyball development team



Volleyball Tournament – Ashfield – Nottinghamshire – 12th July 2014

Vipers Tournament_July_2014

A volleyball tournament is being held at the Ashfield School near Kirkby in Ashfield , Nottinghamshire on the 12th July. 

It is open to both adults and juniors and the deadline for entries is July 7th. To enter a team contact

Its a 4 aside competition and is on from 10am to 4pm.

Ashfield is home to the Ashfield Vipers.. a school club that has consistently supplied girls and boys to the East Midlands development team and this resulted in the Vipers joining the National volleyball league system last year when they entered a womens team into Div 3. The team consisted entirely of U16’s.

East Midlands juniors are preparing for the Inter-regionals


The East Midlands junior coaching team are in final preparations for this years Junior Inter-regionals and are gearing up to travel with 4 teams (Boys U17/U15’s and girls U16/14’s) to the event in London at the start of May.

The Inter Regional Championships is the competitive outlet for junior volleyball players currently part of Regional Talent Development programmes. The competition also provides an opportunity for players to be scouted by Divisional and National Squad coaches.

The 2014 Championships will take place from 3rd-5th May at the University of East London SportDock, Docklands Campus, University Way, London, E16 2RD.

Please click here for directions.

Junior volleyball training season about to start

Ashfiled vipers-east mids womens volleyball champs
If you are a school or club that is looking to start a junior section get in touch because Volleyball England are looking to increase junior participation as part of the Olympics legacy. This can help schools and clubs join together to start up satelite clubs with outside support.

The East Mids Volleyball Association have a junior development program in place that comes together once a month to improve all levels (absolute beginner upwards) and at the end of each season enters the Inter-regional competition.
We enter teams for Boys U15s /U17s and  Girls U14s / U16s so if you have any Junior players (12+) of any ability level get in touch
The photo shows Ian Clews teacher at Ashfield Comprehensive (Kirkby in Ashfield) and head coach of  Ashfield Vipers (school club) with 2 of his junior players (Alice & Paige). They have just received the trophy for winning the East Mids Women’s league 2012-13 and have been an integral part of the East mids juniors training program
For the new season Ashfield Vipers has entered into the national league.
Interested in junior volleyball then contact the Junior volleyball coaching team for more info
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