Boost for sitting volleyball in Hull, Leeds and Manchester
5th February 2021
Congratulations to Hull Thunder, Leeds Gorse and Manchester Marvels volleyball clubs on successfully applying to the Volleyball England Foundation for support in creating new sitting volleyball teams.
Up to £1,000 funding will now be made available to the three clubs, covering the costs of new posts, nets and training for coaches and officials as restrictions on the sport are lifted.
Further opportunities to apply to the Foundation for sitting volleyball grants are expected to open in 2021.
Simone Turner, Chair of the Foundation, said: “Well done to Manchester Marvels, Leeds Gorse and Hull Thunder. All three clubs produced impressive plans for setting up new sitting volleyball clubs and attracting new players to the sport.
“We look forward to seeing those clubs grow and, when restrictions allow, watching them compete at the Sitting Grand Prix.”
Hull Thunder, Leeds Gorse and Manchester Marvels were able to apply for funding from the Volleyball England Foundation as they are affiliated to Volleyball England. The two organisations are closely aligned and work together to lead the growth of all disciplines of volleyball in England.
Wayne Barber, Secretary of Hull Thunder, said: “We have had plans for some time now, in conjunction with Hull and East Riding Volleyball Association, to start a sitting volleyball club and now we have been awarded this grant it will mean we can now progress our plans as soon as lockdown and restrictions allow.
“We are delighted we will be able to offer the opportunity to play our fantastic sport to even more people in our local community and hopefully we will be able to progress on to representing our community in national competitions in the not-too-distant future.”
Elaine Brown, Coach at Leeds Gorse, added: “Before going into lockdown last March, we were planning to launch a new sitting volleyball programme across The Gorse Academies Trust and Leeds Gorse Volleyball Club as we had interest from many students and club members. This support will go a long way and is a great help to launch the programme.
“We believe everyone should have the chance to play and are happy to provide the opportunity for youngsters who otherwise might not be able to partake in sport.
“Moving forward, sitting volleyball will be taught as part of the primary PE curriculum across the Trust, and will be supported by extra-curricular clubs along with a central Leeds Gorse sitting volleyball club which will be open to juniors and adults.”
Tom Atkinson, Chair of Manchester Marvels, said: “Thank you to the Volleyball England Foundation for putting together this initiative and all of the work you're doing for the volleyball community.
“We're really excited to have been selected and can't wait to get into sitting volleyball. Our club's mission is to provide volleyball opportunities for everyone, this is a massive step towards doing that.
“We hope that we'll be able to take part in the Sitting Grand Prix in the future and really grow this format of the sport in Manchester.”
This sitting volleyball project followed a period of renewal for the Foundation, with a new cohort of board members and a refreshed website in 2020.