Open trials for prospective England Talent Pathway athletes

10th September 2020

Open trials for prospective England Talent Pathway athletes

Talented junior volleyball players are invited to attend Volleyball England’s open trials in October as the sports body seeks to recruit the next generation of national team athletes.

Trialists will be put through their paces on two different dates at the National Volleyball Centre, in Kettering. On Saturday, 17th October, trials will be held for the U19 Juniors squads. On Saturday, 24th October, trials will be held for the U17 Cadet squads.

Successful athletes will then be asked to join the England Talent Pathway, joining the ranks of England’s most talented junior players. Many of these have later gone on to represent England at senior level or play in professional volleyball leagues abroad.

Athletes in the England Talent Pathway are invited to attend monthly training camps and also benefit from key resources and workshops to aid their development. They will also be eligible to represent England at international competitions such as the Cornacchia Cup for the Juniors and the NEVZA Championships for both the Juniors and Cadets.

Gillian Harrison, Technical and Talent Coordinator at Volleyball England, said: “We know it has not been easy for players to train during the past few months. But, if you are talented and want to represent your country, please don’t let that put your off.

“For many athletes who have progressed through the England Talent Pathway, it has helped them make volleyball part of their future, whether that is playing professionally abroad or playing volleyball alongside university studies, including at the senior academies.”

Key information

  • Trialists must be British nationals at the time of the event.
  • England Cadet (U17) trials are open to players been born in 2005, 2006 or later.
  • England Junior (U19) trials are open to players born in either 2003 or 2004.
  • The trials cost £45 per person.
  • The deadline to register for the Junior (U19) session is Sunday, 4th October.
  • The deadline to register for the Cadet (U17) session if Sunday, 11th October.

Information about how to register can be found in either the U17 Trials Information Pack or the U19 Trials Information Pack.

Special arrangements

This year we have had to introduce several special measures to ensure the trials are held in line with Government guidelines for indoor sport. If you’re considering registering your child for the trials, we would encourage you to read out risk assessment here, so you can see all of the measures we have taken to ensure the trials remain safe.

Led by national team staff, the sessions will give athletes the opportunity to demonstrate their technical skills and tactical awareness in a range of development activities and game play.

In usual circumstances we would have a range of anthropometric measurements and physical tests such as spike reach, block reach, spike jump, block jump. However, due to Covid-19 we will not be carrying out these tests this year.

As a fundamentally important part of a young athlete’s development, parents/guardians are invited to attend a meeting with Volleyball England staff, including Technical and Talent Coordinator Gillian Harrison and Academy and Technical Lead Bertrand Olie, to discuss the Talent Pathway and expectations of the athletes in the pathway. This year the meetings will be on held online the Thursday immediately preceding the trials.

Open trials for prospective England Talent Pathway athletes