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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.

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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.

Volleyball is coming home

Couldn’t resist a World Cup Football jingle! We are delighted to announce that the S’PORT will play its’ NVL, Manchester League and Juniors competitive matches in 2018/2019 Season at Stockport’s brand new facility, Brinnington Park.

It is a fantastic Complex, operated by Life Leisure. Home to fantastic new sports amenities and programming, the Centre provides us with an array of opportunities to play in a state-of-the-art building with our own changing rooms for the S’PORT and Visiting Teams.

Fixtures: http://www.stockportvolleyball.co.uk/events/

This is how it feels

In the name of a famous Inspiral Carpets song ‘ this is how it feels’…to be happy. I could not be more proud of our combined Stockport Volleyball and Frodsham Volleyball clubs. They rose to the challenge in a galant performance against a strong US/Canada squad.

Let’s put things in perspective. Never before had ‘Frodport’ (name conjured up by Jane) played together and on such a big court with official National Volleyball League Referee, Abdul. Our opposition as well as being older, train four times a week and had been playing for 4 years. We, in comparison, around 6 months to one year with occasional training.

NBC were a credit to their Organisation. The girls showed personality and dedication against clear ‘under dogs’. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and one that our young people can only benefit from. A big heart felt applause to each and every player. Culmimated by the clear , MVP, Ruby from Frodsham, handing a commemorative trophy to the victors Coach, Morgan.  Thank you to Life Leisure, all parents and our reliable volunteers, Matt, Seb and Tim. The final set allowed teams to be mixed up for a closer scoreline. Morgan completed with an inspirational chat and encouraging words for our beginners.