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6 Aug 2022

Volleyball for beginners: how do I start playing?

Volleyball for beginners: how do I start playing?

Inspired to get involved after watching beach volleyball at the 2022 Commonwealth Games? You've come to the right place.

Has beach volleyball at the 2022 Commonwealth Games inspired you to get involved?

You’re not alone. England has experienced a surge in people playing volleyball in recent times, awakening what is a sleeping giant in this country.

Across the world volleyball is one of the most popular sports around and when you start to play, you’ll find out why. Long rallies and awesome feats of athleticism make it great fun to play. It’s also an excellent workout and there’s a vibrant community with a warm and welcoming culture wrapped around it all.

Here in England, there are 3 recognised disciplines:  

  • volleyball, a game played 6 v 6 in sports halls or on grass;  
  • beach volleyball, the beautiful game you’ve seen played at Birmingham 2022;  
  • sitting volleyball, one of the most inclusive team sports around that sees disabled and non-disabled athletes as well as men and women play side-by-side.

Whether you’re an adult or a junior, if you’re raring to pick up a volleyball and join in the fun here are some of the ways you can get started:

Play at home

All you need is a ball – ideally a lightweight volleyball (we recommend buying via our partners Sportset) – to get started.  

There are some cool drills (such as these demonstrated by 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sarah Pavan) you can try if you’re playing solo. If there’s more of you, why not take inspiration from the Poole Family's inventive ideas to create your own makeshift volleyball courts at home.

If you’re a younger budding player or want to build up some more confidence first, try playing ‘don’t let the balloon touch the floor!’ at home. Simple to set up, lots of fun!

Taster sessions 

Our awesome network of clubs are running volleyball taster sessions before, during, and after the Commonwealth Games to help beginners play for the first time. Check out our interactive taster session map over on our Birmingham 2022 homepage to find a session near you and if there aren’t any close by, punch your postcode into our Club Finder tool

If you’re in and around Birmingham during the Games, make sure you head over to Smithfield, the site of the beach volleyball arena, to see how fast you can spike a volleyball. The ‘have a go’ activities are part of a huge festival where you’ll get the chance to meet England athletes and maybe even Perry the Bull! 

Want to find out more? Visit the ‘Get Involved’ section of our website.

Photo: Phil Gibbin.