Just a reminder that the U14’s and U16’s girls training is happening on Saturday 4th May at Southglades leisure centre in Nottingham. Registration is from 13.45 and start time is at 14.00 – 17.00
The U15 and U17’s boys training has also been booked at Southglade for Sunday the 5th of May 14.00 – 17.00 with registration at 13.45
Here are some key dates for your diary for the U16 and U14 girls.
Training sessions at Southglade Leisure Centre in Nottingham (NG5 5GU):
– Saturday 16th March 2pm to 5pm
– Saturday 4th May 2pm to 5pm
Each session costs £3.
For the players selected for either the U16 or U14 squad, the Inter-Regional Championships are at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May.
We are currently looking into having a training session in April at a venue in Leicesterhire.
We’ll keep you informed about this. In the meantime if you would like any more details about any of the above items, please ask the junior volleyball coaching team.
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.
2013 Inter Regional Championships: 25th-27th May 2013
The 2013 Inter Regional Championships will be held on Saturday the 25th to Monday the 27th of May 2013 at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering. The girls competition will be held on 25th-26th May, while the boys will be held on 26th-27th May.
The first session of this years training in the junior development programme for girls will be on Sunday 21st October at Hermitage Leisure Centre in Leicestershire (LE67 3FJ).
We have spent a few weeks ensuring we get a suitable venue, at a good price (we no longer receive funding from Volleyball England) in a location that is very central in the region. We have chosen this venue to encourage as many girls as possible to attend from throughout the region. The session will run from 1:30pm to 5:30pm.
We’ll meet in the bar area at the leisure centre to have a short briefing with the players before we start training.
So any junior girls aged 11 -16 that live in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire or Northamptonshire area that would like to get some volleyball training (even if you have never played before) please contact us
SESSION UPDATE – The second session will be on Friday 16th November, This will be 17.45 to 20 45 at Ashfiedl School in Kirkby in Ashfield – For more info visit the calendar
The session is open to any girl in year 11 or below. Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
East Midlands U14 Girls Coach
East Midlands Junior Development Officer
Volleyball England’s inter regional championship kicked off on the first weekend in June(2nd-3rd) at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering. This annual tournament involves all of the regions in England (Yorkshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, East, London, South West and South East) competing against each other for the title of Inter-Regional Champions.
The tournament showcased some of the highest junior volleyball talent in England as all the players had to endure a selection process to gain the opportunity to represent their region.
This year the championship girls’ competition was on Saturday 2nd June. East Midland’s Regional Squad arrived along with the other 8 regions eager to get on court and display their talents. This proved to be an exciting day with both U14’s and U16’s East Midland’s teams putting up a good fight.
The U14’s girls’ squad made a tremendous victory as they managed to consolidate a runners-up place in the U14 (B) section and respectfully a 3rd place finish in the U14 (A) section. Despite their courageous efforts the girls’ U16’s squad, featuring Rockets player Martyna Gessler, finished in 7th place. However the East Midlands’ players did their region proud; it certainly isn’t easy performing at the inter-regional championship!
The boys’ competition took place on the Sunday 3rd June with two squads representing the East Midlands (U15’s & U17’s). The U15’s boys squad had mixed results in the campaign throughout the championship.
They battled fiercely against the West Midlands and came out on top! This was a brilliant victory as the West Midlands have a reputation for being an excellent team. The East Midlands’ U15’s boys finished in a mid table position of 5th – well done to U15 Rockets squad members Adam Wake and Sam Reid for being instrumental players on court.
In the 2011 Inter-regional championships the U17’s Men’s squad
achieved a record breaking bronze medal. In this year’s championship the U17’s squad had yet even more surprises to reveal. The East region of England has always been regarded by many as the favorites to win the championship and to make this even more nerve-racking the East Midlands had to face the favorites in the first match of the day!
The two teams clashed horns, as the pressure mounted, the audience could see that both teams were a force to be reckoned with. East Midlands had taken the advantage by dramatically winning the first set, this allowed them to gain confidence and to grow as a team; the chanting could have been heard from miles away as the under-dogs(East Midlands) were beating the championship favorites(East). Thanks to some heroic defending and relentless spiking the East Midlands U17’s squad had beaten and quite frankly crushed East 2-0 (21-13, 21-18).
Imbued with complete confidence the U17’s went on to win every match in the championship except against Yorkshire, who to be fair, were brilliant on the day and defiantly made ‘friends with the floor’ as they defended every point. With 2-0 win over South East, East Midlands U17’s had guaranteed 1st place in the tournament and had made East Midlands’ Volleyball history.
Well done to all the teams and thank you to all the coaching staff who put their time into helping this squad gain this huge achievement. Last but not least – congratulations should be due to all the squads who competed at the championship at the weekend, for putting in a first class and exceptional performance.