Keith Nicholls

Vice Chair 

Keith's first encounter with volleyball was in 1965 and he was hooked immediately. Since 1966, he has held roles with the Amateur Volleyball Association, English Volleyball Association and Volleyball England.

As a player, Keith competed at all levels of the game. Over the years, he has been secretary, coach and player with seven NVL clubs and has coached at levels from local league to national teams, which have competed in European, Commonwealth and World Championships. He is immensely proud to have been inducted into the Volleyball England Hall of Fame. 

Throughout his career, Keith has always helped the sport grow and thrive. He has been involved with the Yorkshire, South West and Eastern regions in various capacities and at a local level, he is president of Norfolk Volleyball. 

With all his experience and expertise, Keith's influence on the volleyball goes right down to the foundations of the sport. His books on volleyball have been widely used by teachers, coaches and players. 

He wrote the Technical Guidelines for equipment and facilities and the Volleyball England design specification for Beach Volleyball. Keith was also fundamental in the creation of the National League with three divisions for men and women and started the Student Cup, which has been a major factor in the development of the sport in Higher Education.

As technical director, he developed the wall slider as a multisport teaching/training aid for schools and clubs. Over 500 have been installed in sports halls. Through the Ruth Nicholls Volleyball Foundation, of which Keith is a trustee, he also designed the Multisportbase for sitting and primary level volleyball.

His dedication and remarkable achievements were recognised when in 2016, Keith received the Peter Wardale Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to volleyball.