Senior Academy Programme

Talented athletes aged 18+

The Volleyball England Senior Academy Programme has been established to extend the England Talent Pathway, allowing talented athletes to continue to develop as Volleyball athletes whilst continuing with their education.

The Senior Academy network is the natural next step along the talent pathway from the established junior academy network and will be hosted by a network of partner Higher Education institutions (Universities) that provide volleyball programmes for talented English athletes.

The University partnerships mark a key milestone in Volleyball England’s continuous ambition to develop talented volleyball athletes. This step offers an opportunity to continue in a volleyball programme for those exiting the already established junior academy network.

Each university offers a wide range of academic options and provide a fantastic opportunity for aspiring athletes to continue to develop within a performance environment.

To be involved in a university programme, athletes would need to complete the UCAS application process as normal. The deadline for university applications, to start in the 2020/21 academic year, has passed.

The universities and their most appropriate contact details are outlined below. 

For any questions relating to the process and the Senior Academy Programme itself please contact Bertrand Olie, Academy Coach and Technical Lead via email or on 01509 227722

Bournemouth University - Silver

Sport BU and scholarships


For more information contact: 

Martin Wells
Sports Performance Manager

Northumbria University - Silver

Team Northumbria and Scholarship


For more information contact: 

Heather Steel
Performance Sport Manager

Sheffield Hallam University - Silver

Performance Athlete Support Programme


For more information contact:

Helen Roberts
Performance Athlete Support Officer

University of East London - Silver

scholarship programme


For more information contact:

Matthew Tansley
High Performance Sport Officer

University of Essex - Silver

performance sport programme and scholarships


For more information contact:

Susy Davies
Performance Sport Manager

University of Nottingham - Silver

Performance volleyball

For more information:

Head coach: Rogerio Ponticelli

More information

For more information please contact Bertrand Olie, Academy Coach and Technical Lead Lead, via email or by phone on 01509 227722