Hull juniors take on charity challenge
16th October 2019
Hull Thunder VC juniors will take on two great volleyball challenges as they look to gain a cash boost.
Tomorrow the club will do a sponsored 1000 spike challenge, as well as a 14-hour non-stop volleython match in the next weeks.
The first challenge will see the Hull Thunder juniors attempt to complete 1000 successful spikes in less than an hour. While the 14-hour volleython will the club play a match for over half a day straight!
Why are Hull Thunder juniors taking on these two crazy volleyball challenges? Well, it is of an attempt to raise money that would not only benefit them but wider junior volleyball in Yorkshire.
Hull Thunder VC junior team have been selected for local radio station Viking FM’s charity ‘Cash for Kids’ to take part in their Sport Challenge. The campaign sees 30 local team selected in which they compete to raise as much money as possible in four weeks. The club which raises the most will receive an additional £5000 on top of what they’ve raised. The charity campaign helps local clubs raise money and awareness of how sports have a positive impact on young people.
“This is potentially massive for not just our club but volleyball in the Yorkshire region with the things this money could enable us to do,” explains Hull Thunder VC secretary Wayne Barber. “We have been drumming up support from other local clubs to get enough players for the volleython and our pledge is to have at least one junior on court at all time, with each junior pledging to play a set number of hours and generate sponsorship.
“Both the 1000 spike challenge and volleython will be streamed live on Facebook so people can watch and hopefully, we will be able to gain extra donations too.”
The 1000 spike challenge will take place tomorrow (Thursday 17th October), while the volleython will be on the 27th October and the culmination of the clubs fundraising efforts. And even if the club don't top the charts in money raised, every penny will be a welcoming boost to a growing junior club.
“On average, we have between around 15 kids coming along to training sessions," says Wayne. "This is the second season – we started with free sessions in parks, which brought six kids into the club. Since then we have grown to 25 young people, of a variety of nationalities and backgrounds, in the junior club. Many of them represent Yorkshire and train with the England team.
“The money raised will allow us to look for a hall with two courts or have the ability to book extra sessions so we can have split boys’ and girls’ sessions. It will hopefully allow us to make closer links with schools to boost local participation from an early age.”