East midlands training – junior girls

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.


Junior girls volleyball training in East midlands

East midlands girls at the inter-regionals

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
Ian Clews


East Midlands volleyball juniors at the Inter-regionals weekend

East Midlands Junior Volleyball - U14s team talk
IMG 5893Volleyball 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.
east midlands junior volleyball - girls in action

Teast midland volleyball junior girls - runner up medalshe 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.

East mids under 17s volleyball in actionIn 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).
We are the championsImbued 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.

Good luck to Nottm Rockets U16’s Team U16 Championships Final

Good luck to Nottm Rockets U16’s Team this Sunday in the National U16 Championships Volleyball Final.

The team have been battling out against all the top Junior club sides in the country and have made excellent progress this year. After coming through the initial rounds fairly comfortably they made their way through to the last 8 which was a first for any Rockets U16’s Team. After a slow start losing to Boswells in their first game they rallied to win the rest of their games to take their place in the semi final.

Coming second in their pool meant they would play against the winners of the other pool Wessex in the semi

final who were favourites for the title. Playing infront of a large crowd inspired the boys and in an amazing game, all of the team played at the top of their abilities to beat Wessex by 2 sets to nil 25 – 20, 25 – 17 to book their place in the final. Headcoach Paul Lamb commented….. “This is a great achievement by our U16 boys,. It is the first time a Rockets Junior side has reached the National Finals and a great reward for their efforts over the years. It is indeed 30 years since any Rocket side made an appearance in a National Final, the Senior men played in the 1982 National Knock Out Cup where they were runners up”

Paul was a member of that Cup side in 82 and he hopes that this Rockets Team including his own son Ieuan can go one better and win the title. There are still tickets available from Volleyball England if anyone wishes to go to Kettering to watch the final. Or live streaming will be available from the VE Website.

Please check the website for further details www.volleyballengland.org

Best of Luck Boys!

Team Members

Lets Play Volleyball event – Leicestershire 26th May 2012

LPV event_-Leicestershire

Since 2009 the East Midlands Let’s Play Volleyball Festival has been hosted in front of a back drop of Lincoln Castle and has attracted hundreds of junior volleyball players from across the five counties of Lincolnshire , Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire. For 2012, the festival is moving further south to Hermitage Leisure Centre and will offer a junior sitting volleyball competition as well as a grass tournament for the first time ever!

Regional Training

Local club coaches and coaches from the East Midlands Regional Talent Development team will be there to offer coaching advice and scout for talented young players in the area. So come along, have some fun playing and talk about how you can get involved more by playing in your County League or finding what you need to do to represent the East Midlands in volleyball or sitting volleyball

Whats Happening?

The day will be jam-packed with volleyball and depending how many teams enter, you could play in anything between and six and ten volleyball matches! When you’re not playing or scoring matches, you will also be able to join in drills and sessions run by the East Midlands top coaches or have a rest in the sunshine and enjoy some food from the BBQ. Bring your friends and family for a fun-filled, volleyball day!

Standing and Sitting Volleyball

Outdoors there will be 10 courts set up for a Grass Volleyball tournament; while indoors there will be 4 x Sitting Volleyball Courts. If you’ve played Volleyball, why not challenge yourself to a faster version of the game and give it a go sitting down. It takes a lot of training to learn how to move efficiently when sitting down and when you throw a volleyball into the mix as well, it will challenge even the most experienced players. Standing or Sitting?…you decide!

Event – Match Rules

All matches will be played to the ‘Let’s Play Volleyball’ rules (see attached) with a focus on fun, competitive volleyball and will provide a great opportunity for any Young Officials to practice their refereeing skills. There will separate competitions for each age group and a separate group for experienced junior players as well, so no matter if you have been playing for a few years or learnt only last week, there will be the right level of competition for you to make sure you have fun!


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Click images to see the event rules

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East Midlands Boys training sessions

The next U15 and U17 Boys training sessions will be held this coming Saturday the 11th of February at Southglade Leisure Centre from 2pm – 5pm

Further sessions have been booked for the following dates

10 March

21 April

12 May

Please try to confirm your attendance beforehand – contact us

Thanks Howard

Ps… If there any  U14 or U16 girls that would like to join of our girls sessions please get in contact as well

Englands Cadets 2012

Sparkassen-Rondo Cup 2012

The England Cadet Boys and Gilrs will be attending the Sparkassen-Rondo Cup 2012 in Austria this weekend. The competition includes Regional teams, Junior teams from Pro Clubs and National teams from all over Europe.

England has a strong history of success with a win in 2008. It is many of the young players first taste of International Competition and everyone at Volleyball England wishes them the very best of luck in the competition.

Cadet Boys Squad: Alexander Calpin, Thomas Ketley, Leon Davis – Chambers, Tobias French, James Baker, Ieuan Lamb (East Midlands), Mitchell Lawrence, Temesgen Samuel, Jake Leeks, Nathan Fullerton, Robert Poole, Joel Roberts.

Cadet Girls Squad: Jodie Amor, Olivia Beasley, Megan Cheaney, Mechell Daniel, Paige Fullerton, Samantha Latham-Talbot, Grace Lazard, Robyn Sayers, Sophie Szyszko, Molly Van Essen, Jo-Anne Wilson, Georgia Yellowley

National Let’s Play Volleyball Festival – 2012

The National Let’s Play Volleyball Festival is a two-day, all-inclusive, residential, national-level, open-entry, Volleyball competition for 7 – 17 year olds as part of the Let’s Play Volleyball series. And is open to Change4Life, Community and PL4S Teams

What is it? A two-day, outdoor, Volleyball Festival for Under 17s     

What’s included? * Friday & Saturday night accommodation   * Full board catering * Entry into any competition category * Goody bag for each entrant  * Team Building Activity at the centre


When is it? Friday 20th July – Sunday 22nd July 2012 
Where is it? Hosted at Caythorpe Court, PGL Centre in Grantham, North Lincolnshire 
How much is it? £65 per space  (£10 deposit per space payable on entry with the balance due by 1st July 2012)

Group Booking Discount: – Group of 10 or more= 1 adult goes free!  – Group of 20 or more= 2 adults go free!

How to enter 1. To enter each team, school or club needs to complete the   Group Entry Form and return to Volleyball England along with a £10 deposit per space booked as soon as possible as spaces are limited and it is booking up fast! 

2. On completion of the you will then be asked to complete a   Team Entry Form for each team entered with full details of individual players and any dietary requirements, returnable with the balance by 1st July 2012.

How to make a payment The total cost per person is £65 which covers everything except travel to and from the venue which is the responsibility of your group. 
£10 deposit is required per space to secure your booking which is non-refundable. The remainder £55 per space is then due by 1st July 2012.

Cheques made payable to ‘English Volleyball Association’ sent to the address below.

Vollleyball England


  Loughborough University 

 3 Oakwood Drive


  LE11 3QF 


For more information on the National Let’s Play Volleyball Festival contact  s.stevenson@volleyballengland.org  or z.hughes@volleyballengland.org

East Mids Juinor Training Session – Feb 2012

Attention all Junior Volleyballers aged 11 upwards our next training session is being held on Friday 24th February 2012 at 6pm at the Ashfield School in Kirkby In Ashfield (Home of the Ashfield Vipers).

If you would like to come and join us for training please contact our Head Coach…  this and all our Junior sessions are open to improvers and complete beginners alike.

So if you have never played before but would like to start let us know

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