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Corona Cycle

Everything we do, we do for you. And we did it on two wheels, with a charity bike ride!  Our World in 2020 has been turned upside down with the pandemic of  coronavirus (Covid 19).  Of course, we have religiously clapped for the front-line workers, the NHS, who put their lives on the line day-in, day-out, for the health of the Nation.  To that end it was only correct that the first beneficiary from Stockport-businessman, Adrian Stores and Son, Kaya, pupil of Cheadle Hulme High School (Laurus) should be Stockport NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund (Critical Care Unit – and also Tree House Paediatric Unit [Registered charity number 1048661]).

As well as families and lives being decimated by the virus – individuals and communities nationwide have felt isolated and in fear of lockdown, as they anxiously await for some kind of normality to resume.  Volleyball clubs thoughout the Country have naturally ceased all activities, and we have witnessed the social-exclusion and damage to health and welfare, when for some volleyball is their escape and only social interaction in daily lives and routines.  The landscape has suggested that some clubs may never return from this challenge, as it was both unexpected and unprecedented for any organisation.  Thus, Volleyball England Foundation [Registered charity number 1138864] is the second beneficary.

Finally, continuing the theme of keeping it local, we have selected our very own, not for profit enterprise, Stockport Volleyball Club, started by Adrian and Kaya in 2015, as a recipient of an equal share of any funds.  It is one of the fastest growing clubs in the Country, uses four venues throughout the Borough, bringing exercise and recreation to children and adults of all ability, people of varying genders, ages and ethic origin.  A phenomenal ‘vehicle’ for bringing joy and structure in lives in Stockport and Manchester.

The monies raised were through Adrian Stores and Kaya Stores embarking on an estimated forty mile commitment (around 20 miles each) this Weekend. Neither are cyclists, so this ‘My Corona Challenge’ really was that, a challenge!

The route was topical and embraced a start at Cheadle Hulme School where our National Volleyball League (NVL) Men and Women train. From their we travel to The Seashell Trust. The locality where Stockport Volleyball all started in 2015, and still home to our comunity adults and juniors.  A bit of a trek follows to Edgeley Park (Home of Stockport County), a logical stop given its pivotal position as the main sporting venue in the Borough.  The challenge reaches its peak, at least in height, with an ascent up to 475 feet to Life Leisure’s Brinnington Park Leisure Comples, where our NVL and Local League Teams compete. Life Leisure was generous sponsor to the cycle ride.

Then on the homeward-straight via the ‘real heroes’, Stepping Hill Hospital, before completing the circuit where we started.

All proceeds, 100%, will be forwarded to the three beneficaries without any deduction for administration or transaction fees.  Do please remember every little really does help.  Still time to make a donation to these worthwhile causes.

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S’PORT Roster 2020-21

Roster for coaches for 2020-2021 season announced. Cemal and Rafal will lead the men in Division 1 of NVL. Cemal a recent recruit to the S’PORT has an impressive CV including Turkish National Junior Teams, Super League Karsiyaka and Fenerbache. Rafa returns having coached in our inaugural season and promotion from NVL Division 3N.

After leading S’PORT Women last year, Ant and Adam retain coaching positions as #1 and #2 respectively. Last year they had taken an ever improving squad to top of the GMVA table. They hope to pitch their wares in Women’s NVL 3N (awaiting Volleyball England ratification).

Finally, Academy and Juniors will be ran again by Diona after a superb last year which witnessed u15 Boys getting to Final 8s and Girls played in a joint-team with Frodsham gaining valuable experience in the National Cup. Cemal and Adrian supplementing resources, as required, with new and innovative additional services in the pipeline.

Volley Round The World

Volleyball England threw down the gauntlet and asked Stockport Volleyball Club to take part in a social media ‘chain reaction’. Well this is what it came up with. #staysafe #volleyballfamily #coronavirus 2020


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Furloughed brow

It’s become a topical issue, so thought I’d add my pennies worth. I refer to the ‘should they-shouldn’t they’ debate, surrounding whether professional football should furlough employees, thus taking advantage of the up to £2,500 incentives per person.

I have just listened to former club-owner, Simon Jordan, on TalkSport, slatting the sport for taking the the Government handout, arguing such a stance was almost unethical or immoral given their traditionally cash rich industry. I personally look at it from a business perspective and say that running a business is running a business, so decisions are taken around what has most beneficial commercial returns for any enterprise including survival. That is not to say that it would be unappreciated if these same EPL clubs might make donations or CSR payments to help fight this covid 19 pandemic. I say EPL, in that apparently some clubs, lower down the pyramid, now find themselves in so-called intensive care with matches and cashflow having dried-up.

This debating stance is separate from discussions around whether footballers should take paycuts. I’m with Gary Lineker on this. Footballers are an easy target due to the profile and popularity of the sector. There are other industrial sectors and leaders that perhaps should be targeted before this game, in order of priority. Pay reduction is a matter for individual clubs and players. Of course, those that can afford to lead by example will be recognised by their actions at this time of crisis. I understand Manchester United have agreed to 30% reductions under squad stewardship of Captain, Harry Maguire.

A political hot potato and people will have differing viewpoints. These are financial debating points, yet I seek to end with repetition of actions that apply to everyone. #staysafe #stayathome #protectourNHS 💙💙💙


Adrian Stores is CEO of ACROBAT FCSM, a sub-contract commercial resource available to sports clubs nationwide and globally; and FA Registered Intermediary at Ballon Sports Agency.