Volleyball Celebrates a Fantastic Year

26th April 2015

Volleyball Celebrates a Fantastic Year

Players and clubs from across the country gathered at the Annual Awards gala dinner on Saturday [25 April] at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering where more than 50 trophies were awarded to players, coaches, officials and volunteers who have made the season such a success..

Most Valuable Players (MVPs) from all divisions were honoured as were winners from the leagues, the Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix and the Beach Tour Champions Race. Coaches, referees and volunteers who made the leagues such a success were also recognised, in addition to a number of special awards.

Geoff Allen, President of Volleyball England, presiding over the awards for the first time said: “I was delighted to see so many at the event: more than 230 players, coaches, referees and volunteers which made for a great atmosphere. This demonstrates how the sport is growing and what a fantastic year we’ve had. Congratulations to all the award winners and nominees who I hope have all left the event considering themselves winners.”

Many of the awards went to the unsung heroes who underpin the success of the teams and players. They included Volunteer of the Year which went to Beverley Cooper of South Hants Volleyball Club who was described as an “inspirational character” in her nomination. Receiving the award for Volunteer of the Year doesn’t begin to do justice to the enormous contribution that Beverley has made to the club and volleyball in her local area. Her long list of achievements include setting up club/school links, running Go Spike sessions, founding the junior section of the club, visiting schools to introduce volleyball and creating a new league to broach the gap between local and national league.

The evening ended with a number of volunteers receiving special awards for their huge contribution to the sport. Former board member, Janet Inman, was honoured for her “special contribution” in driving forwards Safeguarding; Steve Evans received the Services to Refereeing award; Keith Trenam and Carol Gordon were inducted into the Dr Don Anthony Hall of Fame for their contribution to international coaching; and Paul Bohannan was the final recipient, receiving the Peter Wardale Trophy from the Honorary President, Richard Callicott OBE.

The Peter Wardale Trophy is a unique award and the most prestigious one in the sport. It’s not awarded every year - only when the board feels that someone special deserves the accolade – and is given in recognition of extraordinary contribution over a long period (normally 30 years+) of time, without any other thought than to advance the sport.

Full list of winners

Young Coach of the Year – Matt Rhymer (Academy of Beach Sports)

Children’s Coach of the Year - Jim Keating (Wigan Seahawks)

Participation Coach of the Year - Howard Ainsworth (Manchester Marvels)

Performance Development Coach of the Year - Nick Davies (Tendring Volleyball Club)

Overall Coach of the Year - Jim Keating (Wigan Seahawks)

Young Official of the Year - Will McDonald (Ashcombe Volleyball Club)

Referee of the Year - John Michael Roffey

Services to Refereeing – Steve Evans

Young Volunteer of the Year - Stephanie (Hoi Ki) Fu (Nottingham Rockets)

Volunteer of the Year - Beverley Cooper (South Hants Volleyball Club)

Long Service Award - David Speers (Leeds Volleyball Club)

Long Service to the Board – Janet Inman

HEVO of the Year - Holly Mowbray (University of Derby)

Event of the Year - University of Nottingham - Wollaton Hall Park

Play of the Year –Team Northumbria's Kick.Set.Spike https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNJUlNPqKkc

Club of the Year - Wombourne Volleyball Club

Special Contribution to Volleyball – Janet Inman (Cherry Willingham VC)

Peter Wardale Award – Paul Bohannan (Chemlsford Volleyball Club)

League Winners

M1          Leeds VC

M2N       Team Birmingham VC

M2S        Solent 2

M3N       City of Sheffield 2

M3C        Peterborough Harriers Men

M3SW    Arun VC

M3SE      EBC Greenhouse (London)


W1          Tendring Ladies

W2N       Team Durham

W2S        Worthing VC

W3N       Darkstar Derbyshire

W3C       Oxford Ladies

W3S        Bristol 2

MVP Winners

MS8        Nathan French (Nortumbria), Keiran O’Malley (London Docklands), Taylor Wilson (London Lynx)
M1          Marcio Silveira (London Knights), Roland Herczeg (Leeds VC)

M2N       Nick Shardlow (Loughborough Students), Callum Currie (Northumbria / Middlesbrough Academy)

M2S        Aaron Robertson (Solent)

M3N       Mateusz Krzyzanowski (Blyth Valley)

M3C        Michael Grainger (RAF Harriers), Rory Kelly (Oxford Students), Jack Burvill (Nottingham Rockets)

M3SW    Josef Antos (Wiltshire Mavericks)

M3SE      Javier Bello (Richmond)


WS8        Mara Mata (Team South Wales), Virag Farkas (City of Salford), Megan Jean- Ann Hodges (City of Salford)

W1          Malgorzata Kowalska (Team Birmingham), Andrea Lei (Oxford)

W2N       Nicola Breaks (Leeds)

W2S        Blanka Wood (South Hants)

W3N       Angelo Leo (Manchester Marvels)

W3C       Sonia De Munari (Oxford)

W3S        Laura Konopecka (Richmond)


Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix MVP

Darryl Tring (Lincoln Imps)

Danni Hampson- Carroll (BattleBack)

Junior VEBT Player of the Year

Ryan Poole (Malory Eagles)

Harry Jones (Wessex)

Ellie Austin (Devon Storm)

Volleyball England Beach Tour Champions Race Winners

Jessica Grimson (Wessex)

Phil Smith (Wessex)

All photo's will be uploaded to our Facebook page during this week.

Volleyball Celebrates a Fantastic Year