Entries open for U16 and U18 national championships
14th September 2018
Playing in the National Championships is often one of the highlights of a junior volleyball player’s season.
With early rounds welcoming teams of novice ability and the best teams fighting it out to play on the big stage at the Cup Finals, every youngster gets to enjoy competitive volleyball in the premier competitions for juniors.
Entries are now open for the U16 and U18 competitions and teams must register before the deadline of Friday 12th October 2018 to be part of these excellent competitions. Entrants need to complete the online U16 entry form and/or the U18 entry form.
Enjoyment for everyone
Each competition features a preliminary round which teams of any ability are encouraged to enter. Travel is also reduced as much as possible and it is contested in a round robin format, so teams get multiple matches.
Teams that progress into rounds 1 and 2, which are also based regionally and hosted by entrant teams, will then look to advance to the last 8s. This sees the best sides head to the National Volleyball Centre to battle it out in the quarter-finals and semi-finals to see which two teams will earn the right to play the final on Cup Finals day.
“Last year, 108 teams entered the U16 and U18 National Championships,” says Volleyball England Competition and Events Coordinator Jonathan Moore. “As well as the prestige of being national Champions, the competitions have an emphasis on providing competitive volleyball for all entrants. The way the format works, there is no risk of having to travel to the opposite end of the country to play a team that you’re a complete mismatch with.
“Hosted locally on one day with multiple matches, the earlier rounds are a great experience for everyone involved. There is also the chance for officials to gain experience as in the early rounds, participating teams are required to provide referees or officiate neutral matches.”
“Of course, the best teams rise to the top and advance to the last 8s at the National Volleyball Centre, and then the showpiece of the Cup Finals. Many of stars of the sport have featured in the junior National Championship finals.”