30 Aug 2022

Slovakia training camp for England Senior Men

Slovakia training camp for England Senior Men

The England Senior Men's Volleyball Team is flying out to Central Europe for a 5-day training camp.

Known as the ‘England Lions', the development squad will play teams from Austria, Czech Republic and the host country Slovakia during their trip from 31st August to 5th September.

The 16 players called up by Head Coach Simon Loftus to play for the ‘England Lions' are:

  • Chester Searle (Libero), Malory Eagles UEL
  • Conor Reeve (Libero), Essex Rebels
  • Thomas Graham-Jones (Libero), Sheffield Hallam
  • Stefan Cowley (Outside Hitter), Newcastle Staffs
  • Jordan Dalrymple (Outside Hitter), Malory Eagles UEL
  • Ben Osborne (Outside Hitter), Essex Rebels
  • Christian Christie (Outside Hitter), Essex Rebels
  • Jacob Jones (Outside Hitter), Essex Rebels
  • Nathan Fullerton (Opposite), Malory Eagles UEL
  • Calum Sage (Outside Hitter), Sheffield Hallam
  • William Evans (Middle Blocker), Sheffield Hallam
  • Zak Hadgett (Middle Blocker), Newcastle Staffs
  • Thomas Jefferson (Middle Blocker), Essex Rebels
  • Noah Sykes (Setter), Team Sunderland
  • Adam Baiza (Setter), Malory Eagles UEL

They will be joined by:

  • Head Coach: Simon Loftus
  • Assistant Coach: Marcel Sivak
  • Team Manager: Chris Jones

Playing schedule:

  • 01/09/2022, 4pm " England Lions vs. Black Volley Beskydy 
  • 02/09/2022, 6pm " England Lions vs. VKP Bratislava 
  • 03/09/2022, 11am - Tournament: VKP Bratislava vs. Sokol Vienna vs. England Lions
  • 04/09/2022, 6pm " England Lions vs Team Slovakia U21
  • 05/09/2022, 5pm " VKP Bratislava vs England Lions 

Andy Jones, Talent Coordinator at Volleyball England, said: “This development camp is an excellent opportunity for the Senior Men's programme. This will be the England players' first competitive outlet since the Novotel Cup in 2020 while emerging juniors will be given their first international playing experience.

“Thank you to those who have made this possible, especially to Marcel Sivak for drawing on his contacts. Good luck England Lions!”