Great Britain Sitting Volleyball coming to East Midlands


In a weekend of Sitting Volleyball at Loughborough University the Great Britain Men will play 4 matches against a Dutch representative side and the Great Britain Women will train together for the first time.

In the main sports hall at Loughborough University, the Great Britain Men have their first matches since returning from the Europeans Championships against the Dutch representative side, Sports Compass.  They will be play 4 matches throughout the weekend which will provide a number of the new players to the programme their first taste of Sitting Volleyball Competition.

Head Coach, Ian Legrand, commented on these matches that: “The squad have trained hard since the successes of the Europeans but we are still well aware that there is a long way to go.  We are looking at these matches to provide the next step in continual progress towards 2012, but also give our new recruits their first experience of match play.”   

At the same time, in the same hall, the first Great Britain Women’s specific training day will take place.  The group are coming together for a day of training that will be coordinated by Tom Middleton who will be supported by the Bronze Medal winning Head Coach from Holland in Beijing, John Bestebroer.

With the Volleyball England Sitting Volleyball Regional Centres starting to become established and some excellent talent identification work in Wales ongoing, this looks to be the first of hopefully an exciting next 3 years for the group.

Despite having 13 players attending this first session the search continues for more female players, if you personally or you know someone that may be interested please contact

Matches are confirmed as being in the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall at:

Saturday 21st November
2:30 and 19:00

Sunday 22nd November
11:00 and 14:30

The East Midlands will be represented by Andy Skinner (Lincoln Sitting Volleyball)


1 – Rakesh Maisuria
3 – Rob Richardson
4 – Anton Raimondo
5 – Adam Walker
6 – Kelvin Daniels
8 – Robbie Barrett
9 – John Munro
10 – Glynn Theobald
11 – John Worrall
12 – Andrew Skinner
13 – Justin Phillips
14 – Charlie Walker
18 – Asghar Nasimi

For more information contact

Sitting Volleyball Awareness Day


Sitting Volleyball Awareness Day – Sunday 18th October – Volleyball England National Training and Education Centre Kettering


With Sitting Volleyball continuing to develop across England in the preparation for the 2012 Paralympic Games Volleyball England are running a Sitting Volleyball awareness day for Coaches across England.

The day which is open to all with a Coaching Qualification (UKCC or Volleyball England) is set out with the following aims:

 Showcase the sport of Sitting Volleyball and raise awareness of the opportunities within the sport in England.
 Highlight the specific technical and tactical elements of Sitting Volleyball and various appropriate coaching methods.
 Facilitate one on one mentoring opportunities for developing Sitting Volleyball coaches.
 Provide resources for the coaches to take away with them around coaching Sitting Volleyball
 Increase the knowledge of coaches on working with disability athletes.
 Ensure a greater understanding of the Classification required for representation at an International Level.
 Establish an understanding of the Sitting Volleyball Centres Network and their role in developing Sitting Volleyball Players for Team GB.

The day will be coordinated by Sitting Volleyball Development Manager Matt Rogers. There will be presentations from individuals from across Europe including the Dutch Paralympic Bronze Medal winning Coach from Beijing, John Bestebroer.  Also presenting will be Steve Jones and Pete Guernari for all the practical sessions, Gordon Neale OBE (a former WOVD International Referee) and Jun Ming Zhang (Jamie) on classification and working with disabled athletes.
The plan for the day is:

Time Content
10:00-10:45 Introduction to Sitting Volleyball, Game Characteristics and differences from standing Volleyball
10:45-11:30 Warm-up and Movement Fundamentals
11:30-12:15 Technical Development 1 – Dig and Volley
12:15-12:45 Lunch provided
12:45-13:30 Sitting Rules Interpretation and Application
13:30-14:15 Technical Development 2 – Serve and Smash
14:15-15:00 Technical Development 3 – Game Based Learning; attacking
15:00-15:45 Working with Disabled Athletes and Classification
15:45-16:45 Application of Rules and Tournament; Offensive and Defensive Structures

If you are interested in attending please contact Matt Rogers ( with the following information:

Coaching Qualification:
Phone Number:
Dietary Requirements:
Postcode of Residence that you will be traveling from:

There is no cost for the day and 50% of travel expenses will be reimbursed through Volleyball England and lunch will be provided.

There are 30 spaces available and they will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Ian Legrand (GB Sitting Head Coach) commented that “It will be a great day that will start to open coaches eyes towards the Sitting discipline of Volleyball.  I have now worked with it for 3 months and the sport is so fast with so many of technical and tactical complexities it makes for a very interesting area of Volleyball to work in.  I look forward to seeing many of the volleyball community there and working with them to develop our knowledge of the sport”.

East Midlands to become part of Volleyball England Sitting Centre Network



It has been confirmed that East Midlands has been selected to be part of the new Sitting Volleyball Club Network designed to increase the number of people playing sitting volleyball and help provide further support to the ever growing Great Britain Programme.

The exact implications of this are still to be confirmed but there are looking to be sessions run through the week at 3 locations.

Tuesday – Lincoln
tbc – Nottingham
Friday – Loughborough

For more information about this exciting development please contact

Many Thanks

Lincoln Imps sitting volleyball club

Lincoln Imps sitting group photoLincolnshire Sitting Volleyball Association was founded in December 2008, and gained Sitting Volleyball Centre status in 2010. Initially funded by the National Lottery through Awards for All our priority is to develop, promote and provide guidance accessing suitable Sitting Volleyball facilities not only Lincoln City but throughout Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.

We are a non profit organisation managed and administered by our members, working closely with selected partners and like minded organisations. We hold regular weekly training sessions in Lincoln, supported by Volleyball England Level Two qualified coaches. Some of our members have been, or are, part of the British Sitting Volleyball Squad and represented Great Britain in international tournaments in Europe.

Training Sessions
Every Tuesday from 7.00pm to 9.00pm

The Priory City of Lincoln Academy
Skellingthorpe Road

First session is free then £3 per session

No special equipment is needed just a tracksuit or shorts & T-shirt and a drink of water

Website – Lincoln sitting volleyball club

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