Volley2s: Our new national programme for children aged 7-11

27th May 2021

Volley2s: Our new national programme for children aged 7-11

Volleyball England is proud to launch Volley2s, our new national volleyball programme for children aged 7-11.

This adapted 2v2 version of the game helps to gradually develop volleyball fundamentals by taking players through four key stages: Red, Amber, Green, and Gold.

Development focuses on a simple throw and catch game in the first stage and progresses to introduce more advanced volleyball techniques such as serving, digging and blocking.

Supporting the coaching and teaching of this new programme is a detailed, free-to-download guide, which has been developed by Volleyball England in collaboration with some of the best volleyball coaches in England over the last three years.

Gillian Harrison, Strategic Manager (Volleyball for Life), said: “We’re really proud and excited about the launch of our new national volleyball programme for children aged 7-11.

“Through its roll out to volleyball clubs and schools across the country, Volley2s will become a pillar of the first phase of our Volleyball for Life player pathway.”

Feedback from a survey in support of Volley2s revealed that 62% of clubs currently support volleyball for 7–12-year-old players, compared to 95% for 13–15-year-olds. Volley2s aims to help more clubs create opportunities for our youngest players and, so far, it has been warmly welcomed by affiliate clubs, with 91% of those who responded to our survey reporting an interest in Volley2s.

Volley2s’ debut

Today, Year 5 pupils from Regents Park Community Primary School, Birmingham, will be among the first children to officially try Volley2s at a Travel to Tokyo outreach event organised by Team GB and Paralympics GB.

The youngsters won’t be the only ones to have their very first taste of volleyball, Olympian swimmer Jazz Carlin, who won a silver medal for Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, will also be in attendance. So will Volleyball England Talent Pathway athlete Carla Hulme, who will also be there to encourage and help inspire the next generation of junior volleyball players.

Travel to Tokyo is part of the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association’s youth engagement programme Get Set, which was originally created as the official London 2012 education programme, to deliver against Lord Coe’s vision to use the Games to inspire a generation of young people.

Join our Volley2s webinar to find out more

The team behind Volley2s will be hosting an introductory webinar on 10th June from 7pm to provide further information and answer questions.

To join the session, which is expected to run through until 8.30pm, please click here at the designated time.

The webinar will: 

  • Explain how to play Volley2s – and the rules and organisation for each of the four progressive stages: Red, Amber, Green and Gold.
  • Run through ‘Volley2s: The Guide to Teaching and Coaching’, how to use it to plan sessions and organise Volley2s festivals. 
  • Share ways of adapting the game so that everyone in your session can take part successfully. 
  • Encourage you to embrace the Volleyball England approach to teaching children. 
  • Answer your queries and questions about Volley2s. 

Download your free guide 

To download your copy of the Guide to Teaching and Coaching Volley2s, please click here, fill out the short form and submit your answers to receive a link to download the resource. 

If you have any questions about Volley2s or would like some help, please email coaching@volleyballengland.org. Alternatively, visit www.volleyballengland.org/volley2s for more information.

Volley2s: Our new national programme for children aged 7-11