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Try out for the England cadet and junior squads

2nd January 2018

Try out for the England cadet and junior squads

Representing your country is the ultimate honour for any sportsman or woman. Talented young volleyball players now have the opportunity to reach that achievement as trials are now open for the cadet and junior National Squads.

Hosted at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering, the trials take place on Saturday January 27, 2018 for the Cadet Girls (under 17) and the Junior Women (under 19) squads. While try outs for the Cadet Boys (under 17) and Junior Men (under 19) are the following day, Sunday January 28, 2018.

The trials are for athletes who are not currently in the England Talent Pathway. All athletes are welcome to apply to trial for the pathway, provided they fulfil the following criteria:

  • The holder of a British passport
  • Committed to train three times a week at a club
  • Able to attend weekend training camps, longer camps during school holidays and travel abroad for training and competition
  • For Junior aged athletes: under 19 on 31st December 2018, i.e. born 2000 and later
  • For Cadet aged athletes: under 17 on 31st December 2018, i.e. born 2002 and later

During the trials, athletes will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and tactical awareness in game play. There will also be a range of physical tests. All athletes will receive the results of these tests which will highlight each player’s physical profile.

To give potential trialists an indication of the physical profile of international players, the data below highlights the physical profile of the current England cadet and junior players:


Height:              Average – 174.9cm        Smallest – 162cm          Tallest – 190.5cm             

Spike Reach:     Average – 279.4cm        Lower – 264cm              Higher – 299cm

Block Reach:     Average – 265.5cm       Lower – 249cm              Higher – 288cm

Spike Jump:      Average – 49.2cm          Lower – 40cm                Higher – 66cm

Block Jump:      Average – 38.6cm          Lower – 28cm                Higher – 52cm


Height:             Average – 184.4cm        Smallest – 169.6cm       Tallest – 200cm

Spike Reach:    Average – 312.8 cm       Lower – 288 cm             Higher – 332 cm

Block Reach:     Average – 291.1 cm       Lower – 259 cm             Higher – 314 cm

Spike Jump:      Average – 69.2 cm         Lower – 40 cm              Higher – 82 cm

Block Jump:      Average – 50.6 cm         Lower – 41cm                Higher – 62 cm


To apply to trial, athletes or their parents/carers need to complete the online registration form. It costs £25 to try out. There is a link at the bottom of the registration form to the online shop where the payment can be made.

The deadline for registering is Sunday January 14, 2018. Those selected for trials will receive confirmation of their places on Tuesday January 16, 2018.

Try out for the England cadet and junior squads