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The S’PORT is going up!

The S’PORT is PROMOTED 🎉🎉 to Division 1 in National Volleyball League.

Two consecutive promotions since our Men’s formation.

Didn’t need the Play Off Final in the end, as Volleyball England confirmed:

“Southampton Volleyball Club have withdrawn their team from the Super League for next season. As we now require both of the teams in the Super League vs Division 1 playoff to take a place in the Super League, this opens up an additional spot in Division 1. As a result we intend to keep/promote all three teams from the Division 1 vs Division 2 playoffs, as we had originally needed two from three to be promoted.”

Academicals

This is the next stage in our development of juniors. Stockport Volleyball Club is delighted to announce it will run and resource an Academy for 2020. Training to commence Q4 2019. This decision relects the good crop of young people who we want to assist and for them to reach their full potential and develop within the sport. We welcome any new boys u16s for next Year, initially to join: Rio, Arian, Matt, Billy, Kaya, Will and Oli.

This cohort will seek to join the National Cup u16s next Season.  All the competitions form part of the Junior Competition Pathway.

In addition the Club will fund all these participants to attend the training of North of England Volleyball under the auspices of our NVL player, David Roberts (a former Volleyball England, Juniors Coach).

Exciting times ahead investing in our youngsters.

These Girls Can

Could not be more proud in our inaugural Stockport Volleyball Club Women’s Team fixture against Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

The first time we had ever played together, Head Coach, Seb, assembled a combination of seasoned volleyballers and newcomers. Our Chair, Adrian watched the first two sets, both narrow defeats at 25-19.

A commendable performance – and pride in that MMU said more than willing to play us again as we prepare for a first season in local league. — at Manchester Met’s Platt Lane Sports Complex.

Sporting Director

The S’PORT is delighted to welcome Kevin O’Malley to the role of ‘Sporting Director’ at the Club.  With an ever impressive Men’s NVL Team, Women’s/Mixed Local League, talented Juniors and thriving community activities, to secure someone of ‘Kev’s’ pedigree is a major statement of intent and ambition.  Chair, Adrian Stores, states “Kevin’s CV is incredibly impressive and we are proud to have secured his services.  He will assist me Club-wide, especially with juniors, to try and nurture a sustainable Club throughout the Borough, North West and volleyball world”.

So what has he done – or what hasn’t he, more to the point. In his own words:

“I started playing (volleyball) at school and joined with a group of old school friends to start a team (Greetland Volleyball).  We played West Yorks League, which we won 3 times before moving to the old YHVA (Yorks and Humber) League which we won 3 times also. My position was Setter and Coach/most other duties. I also joined the West Yorks VB committee as Secretary, where I ran the leagues and at the high point had 4 leagues with about 50 teams in total playing in just West Yorks.

My ambition was to move to National League (NVL), but the club couldn’t commit to that so I moved to Bradford Mythbreakers and as a squad player won promotion to the old Div 1 National League, where I played for 2 years before we were relegated. At this point I took over the Chair at WYVB and continued in that role for 8 years.

Next I moved to join with some old friends and rivals and was a founder member of Boathouse (Batley) where I played for the rest of my career, becoming a Player/Coach then concentrating on coaching. The team won back to back promotions into National Div2 (there were 4 National divisions in those days).

The club also went from strength to strength and we eventually had both Men’s and Women’s National League teams as well as Yorks and Humber and West Yorks teams junior teams and fun league teams. I was at this time the Chair at the club, but always kept my hand in with playing and coaching. Eventually I did the Chair and Coaching role together.

Our final season before the club disbanded after 25 years, we won promotion to Div 1 and we reached the plate final 2 years in a row, but due to work commitments and lack of resources I had to fold the club.  I continued working with youngsters as Coach for Yorkshire boys U17 and then Coach with North of England.    At that point I joined the National set up as Manager of the England Junior Men, a position I still hold after 5 years, and for the last 2 seasons I have been an assistant coach at Sheffield in the Super 8s.  My Son followed me into the sport, also as a setter and played for Team GB in the 2012 Olympics gaining over 100 caps and became the 2nd highest capped player.”

Welcome Kev from everyone at the S’PORT.