Biggest ever West Midlands LPV Festival @ ‘Castle! Number 46 June 2010
Welcome from the Chair This year’s “Let’s Play Volleyball” Festival, organised by NSVC on behalf of the West Midlands Volleyball Association was a great day for all those involved. The sun was in the sky, the barbecue was on form and lots of young players from across the Midlands and North of England came together to play this great sport. For NSVC though, it was just great to see so many local youngsters involved, some old faces coming back after year of not playing and others brand new, whether the under 11s or from schools that Ant has recently started coaching in. Colin Roberts, NSVC Chair
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News Updates from ‘Castle! NSVC links with City of Stoke-on-Trent 6th Form College For the past 4 years NSVC has developed a fantastic relationship with City of Stoke-on-Trent College in Fenton, seeing the growth of the Talented Athlete Programme (TAP) at the college to provide three training session per week for players. In 2010-11 we will continue to work closely with the college to further develop this programme which is unique in North Staffordshire, to provide daily opportunities to train through a partnership between club and college. Whilst many ‘Castle Juniors will always opt to attend other colleges, the 6th Form College in Fenton is the only one with this formal link to the club, and is the only place where players will get the chance to train on a daily basis locally. Junior Boys Head Coach Will Roberts said, “The link with Fenton is fantastic for our young players. I did my ‘A’ Levels there back in 1998-2000 and only wish I’d had the chance to train for volleyball at college as often as they now offer through TAP. It wasn’t until I started my degree at Loughborough that I got anywhere near the quantity of training needed to play at a decent level so I hope that by strengthening the link to Fenton we are able to help our young players progress and keep up to speed with their studies.”
Men 1 in Division 1 The NVL Fixtures are now almost finalised, so to through a spanner into the works NSVC Men 1’s first opponents of the season Manchester have withdrawn from the league. This has happened too late to make changes to the make-up of the divisions so this division will now only have 9 teams! More news will follow in the July edition of ‘Castle News regarding NVL fixtures for the 2010-11 season
New coaches needed! With the continued growth of our club, particularly in the junior ranks (!) Newcastle (Staffs) Volleyball Club is seeking new coaches for the following squads: • Senior ladies – playing in NVL2 North in 2010-11 season • Junior girls – leading/ supporting specific squads following discussion with girls head coach Ant Viggars
News Updates from ‘Castle! National Volleyball Academy to be launched in Loughborough Volleyball England has announced that the new National Volleyball Academy programme will be based at Loughborough College in Leicestershire. NSVC juniors from both the boys and girls sides have been invited to be part of this innovative programme which begins in September 2010 for 16-19 year olds. Few details have been provided to clubs, but at this stage it looks as though players will still be able to represent their clubs in both the National League and National Junior Competitions. With a full-time residential training programme and full-time coach, this programme will help accelerate the development of players within the National Junior Teams and help England to compete with other European Nations who have had such programmes for many years. Belgium for example now has a full time programme for 14-16, 16-18, and 18-23 year olds, so there are high hopes for this programme.
‘Castle Boys at Chester LPV On Saturday 19th June a committed band of ‘Castle-ites made the trip to Chester to take part in the outdoor Volleyball Festival up there – clearly inspired by a full day of volleyball at the ‘Castle LPV the previous week! Jen Bellamy and Jordan Adelburgh acted as coaches for the teams, and Libby Bekllamy submitted the following report and photos from the day: “The boys did us proud on Saturday, Connor Grimes, Zakk Hadgett & George Webb played u13’s (all year 8), while Rob Bellamy (yr 8), Rich James (yr 8), Dan Arme (yr 9) & Will Richardson (yr 9) played up in u15’s. We were offered to play down in U13’s with two other 14 teams but we all felt they would have more of a game playing up (and although Jordan was now eligible to play it was decided to keep him in a coaching capacity!!) I was really pleased we’d made the effort to go they all played so well , Connor & Co played a pool of 7 ( 2 sets to 21) and only lost one match all day and as that team was u14’s they ended up winning the U13’s boys. They improved so much over the day . Rob, Rich, Dan & Will played really well as a team they had some good teams to play and had a really good days volleyball there was no weak link in their team . All matches were 2 sets only to 25 (no clear points) no play off just done on points , standard was good and having dropped one set to Weaverham u15’s after some dodgy scoring they needed to win final match against Wallasey unfortunately they just missed out and it finished one set all and as we’d had two draws we lost on points to finish runners up U15’s.”
News Updates from ‘Castle! ‘Castle on the beach Summer 2010 Every Monday night throughout May and June ‘Castle juniors have been learning the art of Beach Volleyball on the grass and in the sportshall of Madeley High School. It is central to the Club’s philosophy for players to become all round volleyballers, skilled and experienced in playing a number of positions and all forms of the sport, so it is great news that such large number of young players turned out each week to train and will now focus on performing at the focal point of the their beach volleyball season – the Sandbanks Beach Fest and Volleyball England Beach Tour (VEBT) event in Dorset on the 17-18th July. Good luck to all of the teams taking part, full report in the July edition of ‘Castle News.
Men 1 squad for 2010-11 season The men’s first team held a formal pre-season meeting in mid-June to thrash out plans for their promotion campaign in 2010-11. This led to the start of pre-season training on the 21st June and the confirmation of the playing squad. After losing Chris Anderson (Warwick), Roman Nevetykin (Sheffield) and Andy Riding (to his golf handicap!!) the squad will be largely home grown with only 3 players of the 13 man squad not having come through ‘Castle’s junior ranks!
Rod’s 2012 Dream moves closer Back in August 2007 ‘Castle stalwart Rod Stockwell made his debut as an official statistician at the UK School Games, and he has now moved a step closer to being part of the team of stattos for the 2012 Olympic Games in London by operating as lead on ‘DataVolley’ at the recent GB internationals in the Euro League in Crawley.
Well done Rodders, ‘Castle is proud of you! More on Rod’s road to 2012 in the next edition of ‘Castle News!
My Perfect team Nobody submitted a ‘Castle dream team this month, so none has been published (booooo!!). Please remember that this is your newsletter so you need to contribute by emailing your selection to Will Roberts on email@example.com - please note there have been no ladies/girls teams submitted yet!!!
Junior Invites to National Summer Performance Camps The England Cadet and Junior squad summer performance camps (‘High Peaks’) have been confirmed for late July and early August with large numbers (15!!!) of young ‘Castle players invited... Meg Viggars, Harriet Roberts, Mollie Boughey, Sophie Plant, Lizzie Stuart, Jordan Adelburgh, Roo Scott, James Goodwin, Chris Ashton, Sam Shenton, Alex Liebeck ,Stewart Ross, Iain McKellar, Kacper Stefanowicz and Michal Hawiar! In additon to this Roo, Goody, Alex and Sam will all not only attend a 2 week High Peaks but also travel to Sweden for the week prior for a shared training camp with the Swedish squad!
West Midlands “Let’s Play Volleyball” Festival 2010: 12th June at Madeley High School For the fourth successive year Newcastle (Staffs) VC hosted the West Midlands "Let's Play Volleyball" Festival and with 55 junior teams entered it was around twice the size of any previous edition of the event, seeing 223 players in action on 15 courts. NSVC has produced a five minute highlights clip of the day which is a mixture of photos, action Video clips and interviews – this can currently be viewed on the home page of our website (see image, right) which links back to our You Tube channel if you would like to view more ‘Castle videos. Included in the video is a memorable clip of an u13 boys match where NSVC Madeley D were playing NSVC Madeley E and one of the boys produced a stunning jump serve! Perhaps the best evidence of the growth of the event was the sale of more burgers in a 75 minute period around lunchtime than there had been throughout the whole day in 2009! Teams were attracted from the event from across the West Midlands, East Midlands, North West and as far afield as the North East, with competitions at under 11, 13, 15 &17. Newcastle (Staffs) VC hopes to again host this event in 2011 on behalf of the West Midlands Volleyball Association with the aim of again growing the number of entries, especially from local teams, and to combine this with a concerted fundraising effort for NSVC through things like a car wash for vehicles parked on the day – based on attendance this year at £5 per car and £10 per minibus this could have raised about £500 for club funds! We hope that you enjoy the photos and reports across the next few pages – they certainly reflect a fantastic hot day of volleyball!
The queue builds at the barbecue!
“Let’s Play Volleyball” Festival 2010 Under 11s This 2v2 event was split into two halves, with Premier and 'Come and Play' Divisions on offer. Tameside beat teams from Thelwall and Tettenhall in a great competition, whilst local teams took to the court for one of their first volleyball experiences under the coaching of local Community Development Coach Ant Viggars. Under 13s Entries for the girls event were phenomenal, requiring a Premier Division of 10 teams and Division 1 of 8 teams. The 3v3 competition was fast and furious with Tameside A beating Tameside B in the Premier Division final, and Tameside D beating Haughton the Division 1 final. The boys event was equally competitive as 9 teams took to the court to battle it out. After a close group phase the semi finals saw NSVC Madeley A play NSVC Madeley B, and Redhill A play Redhill B. The NSVC Madeley B team upset the odds to first win the semi and then the final against Redhill A!
“Let’s Play Volleyball” Festival 2010
“Let’s Play Volleyball” Festival 2010 Under 15s The girls competition was one large league of 7 teams, meaning a total of 21 matches to be played and it was 5pm by the time the last of these was finished to allow NSVC Painsley to be crowned the winners and Tameside in 2nd place. The boys event was dominated by teams playing on home turf and once NSVC Painsley had beaten NSVC Madeley B in the final group 2 match the final was confirmed as NSVC Painsley v NSVC Madeley 1. It was the power of NSVC Madeley that won out 25-17, 25-17 in an excellent final. under 17s The girls competition was sadly cancelled in the week before the event due to the organisation of England Central girls training, but the lads were out in force as a variety of home town teams played some entertaining volleyball. Entries came from: Redhill (WM), Tettenhall (WM), Tamworth (WM), Ashfield Vipers (EM), Wirral (NW), Birchwood (NW), Thelwall (NW), Tameside (NW), Bolton (NW), Haughton (NE) and from 4 NSVC satellites
“Let’s Play Volleyball” Festival 2010
“Let’s Play Volleyball” Festival 2010: The Painsley perspective A particularly exciting development for NSVC is the development of satellite clubs around North Staffordshire, and whilst Clayton and St John Fisher are certainly on the map, Painsley in Cheadle is going from strength to strength and were well represented at the LPV. Here’s the article written by Painsley teacher and NSVC Management Committee member Dawn Roberts ofr the school newsletter. Dawn leads volleyball at the school assisted of course by Ant Viggars as Community Development coach. “Towards the end of a busy season for the Painsley Volleyball teams, on 12 June the players took part in the annual West Midlands Let’s Play Volleyball Festival at Madeley High School. For the fourth successive year Newcastle (Staffs) VC, our link Volleyball club, hosted the Festival and with 55 junior teams entered it was around twice the size of any previous edition of the event, seeing 223 players in action on 15 courts. Teams were attracted from the event from across the West Midlands, East Midlands, North West and as far afield as the North East, with competitions at under 11, 13, 15 and 17 level. The Boys were up against tough opposition in the under 15 competition, with Sam Marlow, Chris Ryan and Stephen Sammons, three of the Painsley lads, joining up with Volleyball players from Tamworth to make an unusual ‘Painsworth’ team! The boys event was dominated by teams playing on home turf and once NSVC Painsley had beaten NSVC Madeley B in the final group 2 match the final was confirmed as NSVC Painsley v NSVC Madeley A. It was the power of NSVC Madeley that won out 25-17, 25-17 in an excellent final. The lads were facing opposition from players that had all represented the West Midlands. Well done to Bartosz Wozniak, Nick Litchfield, George Pauley and Lewis Wattley. The girls competition was one large league of 7 teams, meaning a total of 21 matches to be played and it was 5pm by the time the last of these was finished to allow NSVC Painsley to be crowned the winners and Tameside (the National Under 15 6 a side champions) in 2nd place. Congratulations to Molly Boughey, Sally Dunn, and Danni McCormack. Special thanks to Harriet Roberts, Mrs. Roberts’ daughter, for joining the Painsley girls. For a video of the day’s action go to nsvc.co.uk – you could be there next year! Congratulations must also go to Molly Boughey who has been selected by England Junior Girls for a week’s summer training camp at the national Volleyball centre at Kettering. Four of our Junior players will be representing Stoke City in a national Premier League Volleyball Festival on 2 July 2010 in Birmingham. We wish Danni McCormack, Amber Johnson, Richard Williams and Jacob Lovatt good luck at this event. Painsley Volleyball club is open to anyone from Years 7-11 and takes place on Wednesday after school. See Mrs Roberts if you are interested in learning to play this exciting game.“
Stay in touch with ‘Castle: online The club’s communications strategy (part of the four-year club development plan) is now very well advanced following the launch of our You Tube channel and Wikipedia page in the first few months of 2010. These additions to the existing ‘Castle News, www.nsvc.co.uk and Facebook group give us what is hopefully excellent connectivity to our members through whatever medium they prefer. Soon to come on board is the final piece in the jigsaw for now! Happy browsing! www.nsvc.co.uk The club website gives regular updates of information on both the home and news pages,, team and player profiles, plus carries all club match reports and an up to date club calendar
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