Talent shines at Inter Regional Championships
30th May 2018
The bank holiday weekend saw a thrilling Inter Regional Championships.
A showcase of the best junior volleyball talent in the country, the competition saw U15 and U17 teams battle it out to see their region crowned champions. Players pushed aside any local club rivalries to enjoy the honour of representing one of the nine volleyball regions in England.
In the girl's competitions, the North West maintained their tradition of developing excellent junior talent as their teams reached both the U15 and U17 finals. They took glory in the older age group as they beat the South East in the Under 17 final, lead by the competition's MVP Lily Gellard.
In the younger age group, North West had to settle for silver as London took the U15 title. The quality of the two teams was underlined as one player from each team shared the MVP award, Leah Garvey for North West and Anna Bempedel for the champions London.
The boys competitions took place on the Sunday and Monday and were just as competitive.
London made it a clean sweep of the U15 age group as they defeated the South East in the final. The fact that three players shared the MVP award proved just how much talent there was on show. The award was shared by South East's Luke Honeybun with two stars of the championship-winning London team, Wiktor Szatanski and Wajhe-wi Hassan.
After several years of trying, the West Midlands finally bagged themselves a national title as they charged to glory in the boys U17 competition. They saw off the South West in the final to claim the gold medals. The MVPs were the South West's Iraj Safaee and Raz Lucaci who was vital in leading the West Midlands to glory.
You can view the full results of the Inter Regional Championships.
A future in volleyball
The weekend also saw athletes have the opportunity to discover how volleyball could play a big part in their academic future. Universities which are senior volleyball academies were present to give information about their volleyball programmes, while for younger athletes information was available about the Diploma in Sport Education which is studied alongside further education and teaches students about life as a performance athlete.