London Giants: the NVL newcomers with lofty ambitions
13th May 2021
With the excitement around volleyball’s long-awaited return building, the 2019/20 Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball League (NVL) title winners from each league are taking a trip down memory lane to reminisce on their triumphant season.
Orhan Colak, Head Coach of London Giants Women’s Team, outlines the club's ambitions – in England and abroad – after storming to the Women’s Division 3 South East title on their NVL debut.
Tell us a bit about your club, its ambitions and history.
As a club, we are relatively new with only six years of history. For our senior squads, our ambitions are to get to the Super League and to represent England in international competitions in the future.
More importantly, we are looking to contribute towards developing junior volleyball in the country so players can get to a level that they can play the sport professionally. We are determined to overcome the challenges in developing junior volleyball in England.
How does your team’s 2020 title win rank against your club’s other major achievements?
It was the first year we competed in the NVL. Our Women’s team in the NVL remained unbeaten all season, only losing one set, while our NVL Men’s side finished second place in the Divisions 3 (South). In the local London league, our league teams have achieved a number of promotions, bringing home a trophy almost every year.
Aside from winning the league, tell us about some of your favourite memories from the 2019/20 season.
We didn’t know our opponents too well and so some of the games have been challenging with close scores. Also, our players have shared good experiences travelling to and from the games, becoming one team on and off court.
How would you describe your side’s style of play and greatest strength? Did you have a star player?
Our team members have been present at almost every training session and are determined to win each game and win their league – so I congratulate each and every one of them for their commitment. It is hard to determine a star player. Without each member of the team, they wouldn’t have been as successful in the league.
Who was your toughest match against and what made them formidable opponents?
Richmond would be the toughest to compete against and hence our favourite to play against. It also helped to travel to their venue as it’s a neighbour club which didn’t require as much travelling.
If you could pick any player, past or present, to join your team, who would it be and why?
Richmond girls had an outside spiker that I would love to have in my team.
What are you most looking forward to about the NVL’s return?
We are looking forward to higher level competition and hence good games.