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.