Senior Men Profiles

Dan Hunter

DOB: 1990

Hometown: Bournemouth

Club: Wessex

Position: Outside-spiker

Height: 183

Spike Reach: 328

Block Reach: 299

Twitter Handle: @danhunter4

I started playing volleyball at Wessex Volleyball Club at 14, winning National Cups and breaking through into the England Cadet & Junior programmes. At 18 I was selected for the Great Britain Men's programme and in 2009, I got my first senior cap against Australia. I went on to compete with Great Britain over 100 times in the matches through to the London 2012 Olympics, before funding was cut. More recently I have played professionally in Holland for Landstede Volleyball Club, winning the National Cup in 2012.

Ieuan Lamb

DOB: 1995

Hometown: Nottingham

Club: Sheffield Hallam

Position: Middle-blocker

Height: 195

Spike Reach: 335

Block Reach: 318

Twitter Handle: @IeuanLamb

I got involved with volleyball through playing for Nottingham Rockets Volleyball Club, which my family was already involved in. I then went on to play for the England Juniors team at the under 19 and under 20 CEV European Championships. I am now a student at the University of Sheffield, for which I play in BUCS. I also play in the Super 8s league for Sheffield Hallam, where I played in the 2015 NVL Cup and Super 8s playoff finals.

Ryan Poole

DOB: 1998

Hometown: Enfield

Club: Malory Eagles

Position: Outside-spiker

Height: 196

Spike Reach: 330

Block Reach: 318

Twitter Handle: @ryan_poolie

I started playing volleyball when I was 12. Both my parents had played volleyball to a good level and so when we went on Holiday one year they taught us a bit on the beach. I continued to play when we got home and trained with my local club. I then came up through the England Cadets programme and also England Juniors (which I am still a part of).

One of the proudest moments of my volleyball career so far was being voted as part of the Super 7 at the U17 NEVZA competition, but being selected to play at the European Championships tops that. I have played for my country on numerous occasions and nothing has ever come close to the pride I feel when I put on the England shirt.

Philip Smith

DOB: 1986

Hometown: Haywards Heath

Club: IBB Polonia London

Position: Middle-blocker

Height: 203

Spike Reach: 342

Block Reach: 332

Twitter Handle: @PhilSmith24

I was a late starter to volleyball, playing for the first time at 22 having signed up for UK Sport's 'Sporting Giants' initiative. Having started mainly playing beach volleyball, I got my first indoor contract in Sweden with Falkenberg Volleybollklubb. During my 2 years in Sweden my club won the Swedish Championship, the Swedish Grand Prix and the Swedish Cup. I then signed with Anorthosis Famagusta Volleyball Club in Cyprus, where we finished 2nd in the Championship and 13th in the CEV Cup.

The past two years I have mostly been playing beach volleyball again, being a part of the England Senior squad that progressed through to the 4th round of the Continental Cup as well as the FIVB World Tour Grand Slam and CEV events. I am currently playing for IBB London Polonia in the Super 8s, where we have just won the 2016 NVL Cup and Super 8s Playoff Final.

Kieran Sowden

DOB: 1990

Hometown: Gateshead

Club: IBB Polonia

Position: Setter

Height: 181

Spike Reach: 321

Block Reach: 301

Twitter Handle: @KSowden88

I have been surrounded by volleyball since the day I was born as both my parents played and are still heavily involved with the sport. I began playing when I was 10 and started playing in the national league aged 15; first for Middlesbrough Mavericks, then Newcastle City, who joined with Haughton to form Team Northumbria.

I was also part of the England Juniors setup and whilst at Team Northumbria, gained promotion to the Super 8s. I continued playing whilst studying, resulting in gaining a scholarship as the team went on to win the National Cup.

More recently, I moved to London, playing for IBB Polonia, where this year we won the National Cup, the Super 8s league and the Super 8s Playoff Final. In 2015, I was selected to train with the newly formed England Seniors team, in which I played against Landstede in Holland in the Summer of 2015. I am now proud to have been selected to play at the European Championships in Norway.

Kieran O'Malley

DOB: 1988

Hometown: Halifax

Club: London Docklands

Position: Setter

Height: 188

Spike Reach: 333

Block Reach: 305

Twitter Handle: @key8701

Kieran started playing volleyball at an early age, before taking a break in his mid-teens to pursue a promising football career. He got back into volleyball age 16, going on to represent England juniors, captain the England U23 team and receive his first England senior cap age 18. Aged 19 he was selected for the Great Britain National team, eventually winning over 140 caps including matches at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Sam Shenton

DOB: 1994

Hometown: Newcastle

Club: Bellaing Volley

Position: Outside-hitter

Height: 203

Spike Reach: 336

Block Reach: 317

Twitter Handle: @Sam_Shenton

I started playing volleyball aged 12 at Madeley High School with Newcastle Staffs VC. I stayed at the club for 6 years, winning every junior title except U14. I was also part of the team that gained Newcastle Staffs men’s side promotion back to the top division in 2012. 

More recently, I attended Northumbria University on an athletic scholarship to improve my volleyball and to gain a degree in sport and exercise science. Whilst at Team Northumbria, in my four years as part of the team, we won everything possible in English Volleyball and recently came 4th at the European university games in Zagreb.

I have played for England since the age of 14. Playing for my country has given me the opportunity to play in CEV and NEVZA tournaments as well as invitationals all over Europe.

This year I begin my first professional contract in the N1 France leauge for Bellaing Volley.

Sonny Chaney

DOB: 1994

Hometown: Walton-on-the-Naze

Club: Callant Antwerpen

Position: Middle-blocker

Height: 202

Spike Reach: 343

Block Reach: 315

 

Matt Howe

DOB: 1987

Hometown: Peterborough

Club: Sheffield Hallam

Position: Libero

Height: 183

Spike Reach: 332

Block Reach: 306

Twitter Handle: @mhowe6

Liam Jenkinson

DOB: 1992

Hometown: Newcastle

Club: Team Northumbria

Position: Opposite

Height: 198

Spike Reach: 336

Block Reach: 317

Twitter Handle: @jenkinson_liam

Oliver Kimber

DOB: 1990

Hometown: Bournemouth

Club: IBB Polonia London

Position: Middle-blocker

Height: 202

Spike Reach: 346

Block Reach: 326

Twitter Handle: @Olikimber

Adam Bradbury

DOB: 1991

Hometown: Stoke-on-trent

Club: Vingkaker

Position: Outside-spiker

Height: 190

Spike Reach: 335

Block Reach: 320