Masters Volleyball Tournament 2012
15th March 2012
Nurtured as an idea last season, a group of volunteers lead by Ian Towers are putting on the first ever Masters Volleyball Tournament on the weekend of the 15th and 16th September 2012 at the EIS Sheffield.
“During last years Richmond International Tournament, a few of us sat around a dinner table and started to discuss what its like to attend a tournament as a plus 40 something, and we all had the same answer. Monday morning is going to hurt and where did all these 23 year old 6ft 5 players come from. It’s a long way from the legendary Ounsdale and Sandwell tournaments of the 80’ and 90’s. So as the memories started to flood back of watching Liverpool City in every Sandwell final for ten years we thought about the idea of an over 40’s tournament and seeing if any of those old players were still hanging around.”
“The major issue we thought was how many teams are going to have six players over 40 all still able to get through a weekend of volleyball. Lets not rely on full teams coming then was the idea. Let players enter individually and then we can have a draft to select the teams. The mind started going into overdrive and the Masters tournament evolved”.
“I can’t wait to see some of the old rivalries coming back into the game. It’s been too long since the great Phil Newton has locked horns with Jefferson Williams and thanks to this tournament it wont be long until we see it again but this time in relative slow motion.”
The event is open to everyone with one simple rule - entrants must have been born prior to January 1st 1973. There will be a men's competition, women's competition and a mixed tournament.
Even if you are no longer playing, it is hoped this event could bring together a whole new community of people who may have been out of the game for some time, back in to the sport they all love.