NEWBURY VOLLEYBALL CLUB
WHO WE ARE
Formed in 1994, we started as a handful of locals. The following year we registered with Volleyball England and joined the local league as competitive play is the best way to excel at any discipline!
Since 2012, Trinity School Sports Hall is our home venue where we train twice a week.
Over years, our head coach, Sue, by partnering with local schools, passionately encourages young people to volleyball. In 2005 we launched the junior section which at the moment is strongest it has ever been. The league trophy has stayed with our juniors for the second consecutive year. Some of the juniors have already made their appearances in the senior teams.
2018 marks the beginning of our cooperation with the local A.C.O Volleyball Club who introduce players of all abilities and disabilities to the sport we all love so much! Scroll down for more details.
We train all year round. We also verify our skills on court, grass and sand, entering various competitions of indoor, outdoor and beach volleyball.
Be part of the game!
It doesn’t matter how old you are, how fit you are or whether you’re able bodied or disabled. Volleyball is loads of fun and a very social game. It’s the only hi-energy, zero body contact, mixed team sport you can play indoors and outdoors - whatever your ability. Volleyball can enhance your life, improving fitness and coordination.
Give volleyball a go and find out why it is one of the top three most-played sports in the world! (source http://www.volleyballengland.org/)
When it rains, you can always sit at home and watch some high class volleyball on YouTube. Full games like this one from men's World Championships 2018 available (although the semi-final USA vs Poland was actually way more exciting, just a hint).
COME AND JOIN US
We have recently come back to Trinity Sports Hall to resume our training sessions. We run two sessions per week (see below).
We currently train:
7 - 8:30pm Juniors
8 - 9:30pm Beginner Adults
7 - 9pm Experienced Adults
£4 - Juniors
£6 - Adults
ADDRESS: Trinity School, Love Lane, RG14 2DU
Sue Sayers - Head Coach
We are hoping the 2021/2022 Berkshire Volleyball League will come back and we will soon be able to compete against other teams from Autumn this year. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
In the meantime, we are taking part in some outdoor volleyball tournaments and organising some club beach volleyball games in Bournemouth.
We have an active junior section within the club, with the junior league starting on the 24th October. We are hoping to send teams to the Nationals in the new tier 2 format (explained bewlow) under 15, 16, and 18 boys and girls teams. We are looking for new players who would like to play in a team. There will be local friendly competitions for the younger and beginner players to gain experience.
The new tier 2 format is a development competition, open to all juniors playing volleyball in England. By introducing tier 2, the aim is to alleviate concerns off opposition being exceptionally strong in the first round, which puts many teams off from entering.The intent for tier 2 is that games are played much more locally than tier 1, with the aim to balance the need for travel and the opportunity to play different teams.
Previous season our Newbury Ladies got promoted to Division 1 and performed really well throughout 2019/2020, finishing mid table. We saw great performance from a number of our junior players supported by more experienced players. This is what we do!
In 2020/2021 the BVA league was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Newbury Hurricanes compete in Mixed Division, Berkshire League. Mixed games is always a good opportunity for our players to get some extra on-court experience.
Third year running, Newbury Juniors came top of their league. If they were to choose their anthem, it could be 'We Are The Champions' or 'You're Simply The Best'!
Some of our juniors develop and compete further through South East Volleyball Association in U17 & U15 categories, or join our adult teams for that extra thrill.
After a couple of years the men's team returned to competitive play and in 2019/2020 they were placed mid table.
What makes our team stand out from other teams in the league is the high volume of young players who started their adventure with volleyball in our junior section.
RETURN TO PLAY GRANT
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport England has started a new scheme called Return To Play. This scheme aims to help sports clubs with funding and guidance to ensure they are able to stay running. Fortunately Newbury Volleyball have been awarded a grant of just under £5,500! This will assist us in buying new equipment and upholding the quality of our current equipment, as well as allowing us to pay for the court rental and for coaches.
A SPORT FOR ALL AT NEWBURY VOLLEYBALL CLUB
We were featured in Volleyball England Time Out! Newsletter (Oct 2019 issue)!
Volleyball is one of the most inclusive sports there is. It is enjoyed by both genders, all ages, and players with and without disabilities play together too. Even with the sport placing inclusivity at the heart of its values, what Newbury Volleyball Club is doing is truly remarkable. The club runs sessions for players with disabilities that require one-to-one care, including cerebral palsy and autism. They began over 18 months ago and now see between 6-10 players coming along to sessions with their carers and volleyball has had a profound impact on their lives.
Go below to the ACO section to read the whole article!
NEWBURY JUNIORS - STRONG PRESENCE
Newbury Juniors have become our pride. We are one of very few teams in the UK who support junior development. Volleyball is a great sport to teach young players team work, responsibility and respect. It satisfies the thirst of competition while sportsmanship is at the heart of volleyball. Just bring your positive attitude and enjoy the game!
BE PART OF THE GAME!
We always welcome new players. Contact us if you would like to join us for recreational or competitive volleyball. Or simply come to our Tuesday session! We do train during holidays and school terms.
A.C.O VOLLEYBALL CLUB
ACTIVITY, COMMUNITY & OPPORTUNITY
Offering fortnightly sessions for group with disabilities.
Training run with support from a qualify coach and members of Newbury Volleyball Club.
For more Information contact:
Haddon Macdonald - firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Jo Macdonald 07796188368
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A SPORT FOR ALL AT NEWBURY VOLLEYBALL CLUB
Read a feature on NVC and ACO cooperation - source: Volleyball England Newsletter Oct 2019
A sport for all at Newbury Volleyball Club
Volleyball is one of the most inclusive sports there is. It is enjoyed by both genders, all ages, and players with and without disabilities play together too. Even with the sport placing inclusivity at the heart of its values, what Newbury Volleyball Club is doing is truly remarkable.
The club runs sessions for players with disabilities that require one-to-one care, including cerebral palsy and autism. They began over 18 months ago and now see between 6-10 players coming along to sessions with their carers and volleyball has had a profound impact on their lives.
“It’s amazing to see the players come out of their shell,” says Sue Sayers, the coach of the team and chair of Newbury Volleyball Club.
Setting up a team for players with disabilities was not part of Newbury’s plans but came about by chance.
“We had an email from young man who wanted to come along to the club, who had been playing at college,” explains Sue. “Haddon came along to our Tuesday session and has cerebral palsy. He struggled to pick up a ball but carried on the session and came to the next two sessions. He wanted to stay but it was getting to the point where it wasn’t safe for him to be part of the group.
“Haddon was keen to keep playing so I said that if he could find more people of similar ability then I would put on a session for them. To his credit, Haddon got a few people and we put on a taster session of one hour.”
The sessions have become regular every other week, in the hour before Newbury’s usual training session and the club has gained financial support. They received a grant of £3,800 to help cover the costs of hall hire, equipment and coaching courses.
“The players have different disabilities,” says Sue. “We have players with downs syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and some I am not even sure what it is – but they all rely on one-to-one carers. All of the games are adapted and we use different balls, beach balls, soft balls and volleyballs, with each of our players.
“A lot can catch it off a bounce. One woman was terrified of giving the ball to anyone and over the weeks she learned to pass it over, which was a huge achievement. Nathan and Luca can pair up together and play a game together. We play King of the Court and the sessions are really varied – it’s amazing to see. Many of the carers will say ‘I didn’t think that was possible’ about some of the things the group achieves.”
Nathan has excelled so much that he now also goes along the Newbury junior sessions, where the players can catch, throw, spike, block and dig the ball.
“I would happily put Nathan in a team but unfortunately there would be moments when the ref would pull him up,” says Sue. “If there was a development league where they could let certain things go, he could definitely play.”
The club has become an established part of Newbury VC and hasn’t just seen the players improve on court but benefit off court too.
“After the sessions the group will go to the pub and have a drink,” says Sue. “There is also no trouble getting volunteers to help deliver the sessions, as people from the club will come down before the usual club session.
“Haddon named the club ACO. That stands for Activity Community Opportunity. We always advertise ACO as part of Newbury Volleyball Club. There is no other reason that other clubs couldn’t do it.”
Newbury have had to begin to charge the players for coming to help cover the costs and there are some challenges which will need to be overcome so the incredible sessions can continue.
“The question is how we will manage when the grant money runs out,” says Sue. “If we had a long net we might be able to take more people which will help to cover costs.”
With the incredible impact the team has, everyone connected with ACO will hope a way can be found and continue what Sue reflects on as an incredible journey.
“I am impressed with Haddon,” says Sue. “I gave him a route to create something and I am impressed that he found people to come along. Being part of it gives me a big sense of satisfaction – it is hard work but it is rewarding.
“It is amazing to see the impact of these sessions - sport has an incredible power to connect with all different types of people.”