Youth Sport Trust Talent Camp a Huge Success!
23rd December 2014
Volleyball England was represented superbly by 38 young people at this weekend’s Youth Sport Trust Talent Camp. The camp, which lasted four days, saw coaches, officials, and athletes brought together for a unique learning experience that promoted individuals to share experiences from their sports and their role within it.
Team Volleyball was made up of 23 coaches, 5 officials and 10 athletes – the talent camp was a huge success, with the sportspeople taking part in everything from early morning circuits to a fantastic Christmas dinner. Throughout the four days, the atmosphere was electric, and the Volleyball representatives conducted themselves superbly.
Day One kicked off with an Official Opening Ceremony, headlined by GB Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson. The action packed day focussed on developing a philosophy, working towards dreams, and team building.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson was just one of a host of big names who attended the Talent Camp, with athletes, coaches and referees from a variety of sports inspiring the future stars, including Maggie Alphonsi MBE (Rugby Union), Casey Stoney (Football), Mike Mullen (BMX), Jeanette Kwakye (Athletics) and many more.
Day Two focused on honesty and ethics, and included a unique live observation of a Loughborough University basketball game, which allowed the participants of the camp to analyse behaviour of a great coach, hard working group of athletes and the officials present. This an invaluable experience that was the highlight for many at the camp.
Day Three looked at social media training, and the responsibilities of young sportspeople when dealing with social media. This included a fascinating talk by Premier League Referee Jon Moss. Team Volleyball also looked at their own support networks and who can be utilised in order to keep progressing within our sport.
On the final day there was still enough left in the tank for some more early morning circuits! The representatives from Team Volleyball and the other sports then enjoyed a final day of reflections and Christmas dinners, before the Closing Ceremony featuring Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, and Baroness Sue Campbell from the Youth Sport Trust.
The icing on the cake of a fantastic camp was volleyball coach Rob Bellamy, of Newcastle Staffs VC, receiving the Talent Camp “Team Maker” Award – a fantastic achievement. ‘It feels humbling to receive this award, there are a lot of great coaches, officials and athletes at this camp, so it’s an honour’. Great words from Rob and it is a pleasure for Volleyball as a sport to have all of these 38 individuals going out into their local communities. The youngsters will be displaying much more than just proficiency in what they do, but also promoting the right ethics, values and most of all showing their hunger to always learn more.
At the end of Day Four, Team Volleyball made their way home, amassing new friendships, new knowledge, and, if Twitter is anything to go by, a phone full of new selfies! The representatives for Volleyball England proved to be, as expected, a fantastic bunch of motivated young individuals, and we would like to thank them wholeheartedly for all their hard work and enthusiasm over the four days.
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