19 May 2022

NVL: Champions, promotions, and relegations

NVL: Champions, promotions, and relegations

The completion of play-off matches at the weekend marked the official end of the 2021/22 National Volleyball League season.  

Old rivalries were reignited and new friendships forged when the league, the highest competitive level for teams in England, bounced back in October for its first full-season since the Covid-19 pandemic began.  

James Murphy, Competitions Working Group Lead, said: “There have been many excellent displays of volleyball throughout the entire pyramid of volleyball competitions. 

“Congratulations to our league champions and those successful in their bid for promotion. And commiserations to the relegated teams, I know you can come back stronger next season. 

“Our attention has already turned to the 2022/23 season. As well as the usual planning, I am delighted to say we are working with an unprecedented number of new teams who have shown an interest in entering.” 

Below is an overview of the league winners, promoted sides, and relegated teams for each division. Please note league tables are yet to be finalized for 22/23. 


Women’s NVL

Super League

  • Champions: Durham Palatinates 

Division 1

  • Champions: Bristol VC 
  • Promoted: Leeds Gorse Women’s 1 
  • Relegated: Richmond VB 

Division 2 (North)

  • Champions: Leicester Athena 
  • Promoted: MK City 
  • Relegated: Black Country VC 

Division 2 (South)

  • Champions: Wessex W2 
  • Relegated: Cardiff Falcons and Reading Aces 

Division 3 (North)

  • Champions: Everton Belugas 
  • Promoted: Stockport 

Division 3 (Central)

  • Champions: Coventry & Warwick Riga 2 
  • Promoted: Tamworth Spartans 

Division 3 (South East)

  • Champions: Northampton 
  • Promoted: Rhino's Cambridge 

Division 3 (South West)

  • Champions: Urbond VC Portsmouth


Men’s NVL 

Super League

  • Champions: Durham Palatinates 

Division 1

  • Champions: University of Nottingham 
  • Relegated: Cambridge ARU, The Miners Doncaster VC 

Division 2 (North)

  • Champions: Derbyshire Darkstar 
  • Promoted: Black Country 1 
  • Relegated: York VC 

Division 2 (South)

  • Champions: Coventry & Warwick Riga 

Division 3 (North)

  • Champions: Lincoln Cannons 
  • Promoted: Wombourne VC 

Division 3 (Central)

  • Champions: London Baks 
  • Promoted: Norwich Spikers 

Division 3 (South)

  • Champions: Surrey Spikers

Photo: Tamworth Spartans