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The S’PORT is going up

What a week.  In its first ever Season in the elite, National Volleyball League, Stockport Volleyball Club has been promoted after final fixtures against Nottingham and Darlington.  Clinching promotion, away, against Darlington 3-0 was sweet, after losing 2-3 earlier in the Season.

Competing against high-profile clubs this Year including Manchester, Newcastle and York, Stockport’s own Team, nicknamed the S’PORT, clinched promotion alongside Doncaster.  Stockport will play in Division 2 in 2018-19 as a result of this success.  The Season has been truly memorable with the Team also getting to the semi-finals of the National Shield Competition, where the Final was  held this weekend at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering, and won by London Aces Volleyball Club.

Chairman, Adrian Stores, who set up the Club with Son, Kaya only two years ago, has had even more reasons to stand tall.  Adrian has just been awarded the prestigious accolade of being named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ by Volleyball England, the National Governing Body for the Sport.  It said:

 “Here at Volleyball England, we would like to thank you for your outstanding contribution to volleyball. Both we and the independent judging panel have taken great pleasure in reading the high-quality nominations that fellow members of the volleyball community have submitted in your favour. As a category winner, we have invited you to attend the National Cup Finals, hosted at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering, on Saturday 14th April, where you will be presented with your trophy.

After receiving your award in front of the Cup Finals crowd, you will also be given the opportunity to take part in the presentation for either the Men’s and Women’s Cup or Shield Final.

Once again, congratulations and thank you for your outstanding contribution to volleyball in England.”

 

Plans are already a foot for the next Season and the next part of Stockport’s journey.  Anyone interested in joining Stockport Volleyball can contact the Club through www.stockportvolleyballclub.com. Promotion naturally brings with it more expenses for sports hall hire, referees’ and scorers’ matchday fees, coaches and training equipment.  For a low investment compared to more established sports, the S’PORT seeks a local or national brand that might want to become main Club sponsor with an array of partner benefits for the next 12 months.  Informal contact from any interested parties to: adrian@stockportvolleyball.com.

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Devils and Wolves

With ACROBAT | FCSM undertaking more and more work in rugby (both codes – RL and RU!), it is with great pleasure that we share, courtesy of leading accountants and business advisors, SEDULO, the following article related to two of its RL clientele. Interestingly the latter was introduced to them by us and former is a brand that we have pleasure in working for at the moment with its impressive ‘Club13’ sports and commerce forum.

“With the recent World Cup occupying the minds of rugby league fans over the close season, as well as England’s brave attempt to conquer the southern hemisphere just falling short in the final against the Aussies, attention now turns to the start of the domestic season.

Salford Red Devils had an impressive season last time out, in what proved to be the last under owner, Marwan Koukash. The season saw a run to the semi-final of the Challenge Cup, only to suffer a narrow defeat to Wigan and the club holding 4th place at the end of the regular season. Unfortunately, Salford ran out of steam and a disappointing Super 8 stage saw the club slide from the last play-off spot to finish 7th. Now under fan ownership, and numerous ins and outs, a transitional season is beckoning, though the signing of Jack Littlejohn from the NRL could prove shrewd business if preseason form is anything to go off.

Success this year is likely to be proving the bookmakers wrong though with a top 8 finish and avoiding the dreaded Qualifiers. That is exactly where the Toronto Wolfpack intend to be come September however. After expectedly sweeping all before them in their debut season in League 1, a sterner challenge awaits the Wolfpack in an increasingly international Championship. Their match against Toulouse has been added to the Super League magic weekend – the first time a Championship fixture has appeared at the annual rugby league extravaganza. Playing all 11 away games back to back in the first half of the season will be demanding, but anything other than a top 4 finish and a shot at promotion to Super League will be seen as a failure for the ambitious Canadian outfit.

With Leigh Centurions and London Broncos looking to bounce back to the top division and clubs such as Featherstone and Halifax eyeing another top 4 finish, they won’t have it all their own way. Could this be the year more than one club earn promotion in what is likely to be a very competitive round of end of season qualifiers? What odds on the ‘Million Pound’ game promotion shoot out being held in North America come October – the RFL certainly hope so for interest across the Atlantic. The Wolfpack have other ideas and will be aiming to secure promotion before then, with the opening game trip to Leigh will give us an early indication.”

Any one interested in sport and business would be most welcome to attend the ‘go to’ forum that is Club13. It promises to be the premier networking lunch and knowledge exchange . More information and booking form from adrian.stores@club13.biz

How far we have come

Unfortunately, the S’PORT bowed out today in the National Shield Semi Finals held in Media City. We were beaten by a resolute Intervolley Team 25-22 20-25 20-25 19-25. Stockport weren’t at their best today, but can hold their heads up high. Reaching the Semi Final in our first season as an NVL team is an achievement that makes every one of us at the Club proud. Tomorrow is another day as we go again this time to take on both Darlington and Doncaster in fixtures that might well determine the Champions of the League where presently the S’PORT sits in pole position. #c’montheS’PORT 🏐👏👏👏

C’mon #STOCKPORT

This Saturday is the momentous fixture when Stockport Volleyball Club features in the semi final, yes semi final of a National cup competition. 10.30am FREEAdmission. Oasis Academy Media City. Come on down and support the S’PORT 👏👏👏 🏐🏆