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‘Castle News

Number 56 April 2011


Welcome from the Chair To all who have 'Castle at heart, a BIG THANK YOU for making the 2011 National Finals such a success. Since March 2008, 'Castle teams have played in 12 Junior Finals......REMARKABLE!! Special thanks to Ant Viggars and Will Roberts for their coaching expertise - and congratulations to Will on his National 'Coach of the Year' Award.

The Club is ambitious, and will work for more success. A place in the Super 8s for both the Men and Women would reflect the true position of 'Castle as a leader in English volleyball. To achieve this, our young players need to be retained. NOW THERE'S A CHALLENGE!!" Colin Roberts NSVC Chair

Contents

Main sponsor www.marangoni.com

3 – Let’s Play Volleyball Festival

4-7 – ‘Castle News Updates

8 - ‘Castle Social Volleyball

9– Sportset advert

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10-17 – National Cup Finals

18-20 – Spotlight on... Roo Scott

Sponsors 21 – Men 1 promotion play-off

22– Castle online

23 – ‘Castle shop

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MATRIX AGGREGATES


News Updates from ‘Castle! London 2012 update The 2012 Olympic Games ticket applications may now have closed but you can register your interest in Paralympic tickets at the 2012 website with the tickets themselves going on sale in September. Olympic tickets were as expected in great demand: over 20 million tickets were applied for, with around 1.8 million people submitting requests for tickets Applications were received for every session in every sport, and across every price category, with over 50% of the 650 sessions oversubscribed, meaning tickets will be allocated via ballots. A total 6.6 million tickets went on sale to the public as part of this process, with over 95% of applications coming from the UK. Track Cycling, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Triathlon, Modern Pentathlon, Equestrian (cross-country) and both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies are the first sell-out events from the initial public application process. This means these events will go to ballot – ensuring the fairest possible ticket distribution – along with the majority of the sessions in Swimming and Tennis. This should mean good news for those of us that have applied for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball tickets!!!

‘Castle Ladies Receive League Trophy At the Volleyball England annual awards dinner ‘Castle had success too! The Ladies team was represented by Helen Britten ,Meg Viggars and Jen Bellamy who picked up the award on behalf of the team for winning the NVL Women 2 North League . Having played 18 league matches they only lost one match all season, a women’s league record only bettered by Leeds Carnegie this season who never lost a match and only dropped 2 sets in the whole season – something to aspire to! Next season ‘Castle will play in ladies NVL1 against the likes of Salford, Leeds, Portsmouth, South Hants, Devon and Reading – some longer trips and lots of new opponents for ‘Castle!

GB Women’s Volleyball: 2012 players club As part of their attempt to retain “Plan A” for their preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games the GB Women’s programme have launched an opportunity for members of the volleyball public to support them directly and help raise the finances required to prepare to the best standard possible for the world’s greatest sporting event. If you want to be able to watch GB play in the Olympic Games and think “I helped them to get here” then go to the following website and look into it in more detail www.gbwomensvolleyball.co.uk


News Updates from ‘Castle! ‘Castle Wiki-pages hacked! Amazingly in April it was discovered that ‘Castle’s wikipedia pages had suffered a hack. Not quite on the proportions of cyber crime, or even a wiki-leak – more of a humorous few edits on the contents of the pages. As you can see below this mainly focussed on a mickey-take of the role of current men’s first team captain Will Roberts!

More Awards for ‘Castle! The Volleyball England Annual Awards Dinner not only saw the ladies presented with their league title but a number of individuals from ‘Castle nominated for other awards. Jen Bellamy was nominated for Young Volunteer of the Year and Ant Viggars for one of the coaching awards but unfortunately neither was successful. Will Roberts, however was fortunate to scoop the ‘High Performance Coach’ award, after leading numerous teams to national finals, the ‘Castle lads to the European Cup, and being the club coach to 6 of the 12 players that were in the England Junior Men’s squad that competed in the European Championships in Latvia this January. As one of the category winners, Will then went onto the shortlist for the prestigious ‘Coach of the Year’ award, and was announced as the winner! Will was presented with his awards by GB Men’s coach Harry Brokking at the Cup Finals the next day, and said, “this is really unexpected and a massive honour for me, you don’t go into coaching to win personal awards but to help other people to enjoy and develop in their sport, but to get this recognition is fantastic!”


News Updates from ‘Castle! Welcome Isabelle Rose Roberts! On Saturday 23rd April Isabelle Rose Roberts was born to proud parents Becky and Will. Isabelle weighed in at 7pounds 6 ounces and currently has a strong resemblance for her Dad with a head of dark hair. Her arrival was well anticipated within the club especially due to the proximity of the due to date to the National Cup Finals, Will’s regular checking of his phone whilst on the sidelines of the junior boys’ teams finals showing his nervous anticipation. Mum and baby are both doing well and Isabelle has already booked her ‘Castle season ticket for the new season!

Inter Regionals

Help out at the LPV Tournament in June

With all of the Cup Finals coverage in this edition of ‘Castle News, a full report on the ‘Castle junior players’ performance in the Inter Regional Championships will follow in the May edition of ‘Castle News. The event itself took place on the 30th April, 1st and 2nd May, with 16 ‘Castle players involved playing for both West Midlands and North West teams.

The club needs as many pairs of hands to help with this tournament as possible, so please make sure that you let us know if you are able to lend a hand. The men’s first team will be running a fundraising car wash, but we need further support with... putting the courts up... running the BBQ.... running the shop... managing results... refereeing courts... court management... competition management...Please get involved, the LPV has been a great club day for the last few years and with more hands helping out there is less work for everyone!

City of Stoke-onTrent 6th Form College: Volleyball Academy For the past 5 years NSVC has developed a fantastic relationship with the 6th Form 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 2011-12 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 unless invited to the National Academy in Loughborough.


News Updates from ‘Castle! Potters ‘Arf: Get Involved Sunday 12th June is not only the day after ‘Castle hosts the West Midlands “Let’s Play Volleyball Festival at Madeley (sunshine please!!) – it is also the day of the Potter ‘Arf – the ½ marathon around the streets of Stoke-on-Trent. The players of the men’s 1st and 2nd teams have decided to enter teams in the relay races that go on as part of the ½ marathon – at the moment it looks like three teams – each of which will campaign to raise the most money for club funds – and of course be the winning team. Entries are being centrally coordinated so if you fancy signing up or getting a team together to add to the fundraising effort please let Will Roberts know on willroberts1981@hotmail.com

Relay Distances • Stage 1 3.3 Miles (Probably the easiest stage) • Stage 2 3.4 Miles (Involves climb up Anchor Rd) • Stage 3 4.7 Miles (Mainly flat, hilly finish) • Stage 4 1.7 Miles (Includes Milton Road) In addition the men are planning to run a car/minibus wash at the LPV festival on the 11th June so why not get your car cleaned and raise some £’s for the club?!

Ugandan Eastern Volleyball League As per previous editions of ‘Castle News, NSVC has established links with Ugandan Volleyball Clubs through club chair Colin Roberts. The latest report came from Eastern League vice chair Moses Perez with some great pictures of the teams in action. The TEVOL (The Eastern Volleyball League) took place on Easter Monday (25th April) where Kumi Team Town Volleyball Club beat Nyero Rock Painters Volleyball Club 3-2. There are a total of five sides in the league Kumi Team Town, Nyero Rock Painters, Kumi Hospital, Termites and Kumi Red Cross, and the league runs during school holidays every term.

Kumi Team Town

Nvero Rock Painters


‘Castle’s National Cup Finals 2011 Story! The weekend of the 16th and 17th April 2011 was an historic one for NSVC as we took 4 teams to play in National Cup finals at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering – there are only 9 finals in total so to have teams in four of these is a fantastic achievement. In addition to the ‘Castle teams the Saturday finals saw former ‘Castle members in other games – Richard Dobell took Gold in the Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix, Scott Robson won the Men’s Shield for Danes Watford, Rosie Mankee was in the Leeds Carnegie squad that lost in the Ladies Cup Final, and Roman Neveykin’s Sheffield team won the men’s cup! The ‘Castle contingent provided amazing vocal and visible support all weekend with a total in excess of 100 ‘Castle members and fans present! This made for a fantastic occasion for the club and helped the teams all feel very much at home! The weekend provided a number of special moments for the club too, with best of mates James Goodwin, Will Roberts and Roo Scott (pictured right) celebrating the end of their incredible junior volleyball careers in the best way possible win another title. The girls and ladies Squads took time Viggars and Martin Mierwza for all of their support and guidance throughout the season – a season of unprecedented success on the ladies side of the club, winning a great treble: the NVL2 North title, Ladies National Shield, and the u18 women National Title. First up on the finals front for ‘Castle was the ladies Shield against scratch team (i.e. made up of players from a number of non-NVL sides... how is this allowed?), Surrey Orcas.


Ladies Shield... The girls do the double! The ladies had had an ‘interesting’ journey to get through to the National Shield Final – given a walkover by Brentwood who didn’t fancy the trip north in January (a trick they repeated in the NVL sadly) , and then by Tendring (but not until NSVC had wasted money on non-refundable hotel rooms in Essex), they only had to play Nottingham Rockets meaning that their semi-final was also their first round ! For the final they came up against Surrey Orcas, a side made up of the best players from the Surrey and other south east local leagues – and a team that had beaten a number of NVL sides to make this final. ‘Castle looked much the stronger side in the warm-up with Surrey seemingly not settled on who their setter would be whilst our girls were jumping high and hitting hard – clearly enjoying the atmosphere and the opportunity to play on the show court. As the match started the ball went to the ‘Castle big hitters Meg Viggars, Paige Nelmes and Charlotte James with good regularity, setter Jen Bellamy playing superbly in the opening exchanges. Our girls looked to be the superior outfit in all departments although Surrey Orcas were providing a tougher opposition than many sides that ‘Castle had take on in the league this season. The Orcas defence was particularly well set with a number of overseas players having clearly played at a higher level in the past and enjoying the opportunity to defence hard hit ball, particularly from Viggars and Nelmes who were becoming the more prominent players. The first set was a ‘Castle blitz, winning 25-12 in great style and causing their opponents with a lot of concerns – what could they do to turn this around? Sadly for ‘Castle they weren’t able to retain the same level of play and dropped their tempo significantly. This prompted coach Ant Viggars to call in the changes and Izzie Fumagalli and Lucy Preston got a taste of the action. Although Surrey Orcas had clearly settled into their game better and ‘Castle were unable to re-establish their tempo the game was always under the control of our girls and they cruised their way through the rest of the match to win 3-0, 25-12, 25-22, 25-18. The MVP was awarded to Meg Viggars whose overall presence was superb, although as with many occasions this season the contribution of Paige Nelmes should not have gone unnoticed.

Well done ‘Castle on securing our first Ever Ladies Senior National Cup Title!


Under 16 Boys... so close but yet so far... The ‘Castle under 16 boys reached the final in great style having turned over all of their opponents this season in straight sets and flown through the Last 8s. In between then and the Cup Final the squad suffered three key injury blows, to James Chadwick (ankle ligaments), Cameron Rhodes (hairline fracture of the foot), and Dan Arme (broken finger) – this left coach Will Roberts with a real dilemma in preparation – the full squad was only confirmed a week prior to the final and the only training sessions that were able to feature all players took place on the two days prior to the final.

Ultimately Will chose to stay loyal to the team that has played so well at the Last 8s for the start of the match – why change a winning formula? The ‘Castle lads started the game very nervously with all players taking a while to get into their groove but with Elliott Francis proving rock solid in the libero shirt the team slowly but surely started to pick up. Chris Ashton made a couple of great kills but when Boswells MVP Toby French went to the service line he gunned down a succession of big jump serves. Although the video of the match shows that Elliott Francis in particular passed these serves well, ‘Castle just couldn’t side out and lacked real cutting edge at the net, and the score went from 16-13 to 21-13 and the set was gone in the blink of an eye. Bart Wozniak and Ross Thompson were introduced to the line-up but ‘Castle were unable to turn the set round losing 25-17, so managing to side-out well once French was off the serve. ‘Castle reflected on the first set with disappointment, knowing that just one rotation had cost them dearly. The same line-up went out for the start of the second set with a clear message: attack!


Sadly for ‘Castle they weren’t able to break free from the consistent high quality play of their opponents. Boswells have had a daily training programme in place since the start of the season under the expert coaching of Darren Lewis and this really showed – their players were able to deliver consistent quality at a level that kept ‘Castle under constant pressure, whilst our players were suffering under the pressure of the final. ‘Castle trailed 8-5 at the technical time-out but with lots of changes to the line-up through out the mid-period of the set ‘Castle came into the second technical 16-15 up. Boswells upped their game and French again used his power to blast past ‘Castle’s defence. Ross Thompson was again in the action, and both Al Donaldson and Cameron Rhodes were also given a chance to impress but ‘Castle weren’t able make a difference and lost out 25-20. The ‘Castle coaching team of Will and Colin Roberts, and Rod Stockwell felt that the team may have turned a corner and the team went out for the third set with an adjusted line-up with James Chadwick opposite, and Al Donaldson and Ross Thompson starting – sadly for Dan Arme and Al Cope they’d not been able to impact on the game and so did not start. however it seemed destined for failure by trailing 8-4 and 16-12. ‘Castle were in touching distance but seemed unable to truly step-up and make the difference, and after a tough talking time-out the subs were again brought into action. Will Richardson replaced Ross, and Cameron came on for James to provide a two setter system, and something clicked. ‘Castle started to fight and got back to 21-20. A clever switch block saw Chris Ashton roof Toby French emphatically and ‘Castle believed! The fans gave great support and after an epic period of play ‘Castle claimed the set 31-29! The same team started the fourth set with Will Richardson blocking well, and Cameron Rhodes playing a crucial role allowing Jordan Adelburgh to hit, and provide a great left handed hitting option himself. Al Donaldson was well used in the middle and ‘Castle looked like they might be able to take the match to five sets as they trailed just 21-19, but sadly as Boswells upped the pressure slightly ‘Castle could not respond and lost the set 25-21, and the match 3-1. The team had worked incredibly hard throughout the season but were not quite able to do the job on the day – they will have learned plenty to go forward with into the next season – well done lads.


Under 18 Girls... ‘Castle win battle of the West Midlands! ‘Castle against Redhill – its’ as regular a match-up in junior volleyball as any other, but this was the first time that the two clubs had come up against each other in a National Final. These two sides had met in the second round in January with Redhiil coming out on top 2-0, but ‘Castle always felt that they had their powder kept dry given that Paige Nelmes had not played that day due to illness and setter Jen Bellamy had got injured and had to be withdrawn from the action. For this final ‘Castle were feeling confident after the commanding display that so many of them had put in the previous day in the Shield and had plenty of experience from their NVL season. Paige Nelmes and Meg Viggars dominated the serve receive, ably supported by Harriet Roberts and this allowed ‘Castle’s middle players Lizzie Stuart and Katie Lomas to be brought into the game early on and show that ‘Castle had all of the options available for them. Redhill are a good team and Gemma Beddows, Jade Butcher, Becky Jones and Katie Bennett were all playing well, and attacking with confidence, when the pass was there. This was a good indication to ‘Castle that they must continue to serve well if they were going to take real control of the match and put it beyond the reach of their opponents. The first set went ‘Castle’s way 25-20 and the girls changed ends full of confidence with a 1-0 lead in the bag. Under the leadership of French coach Bertrand Olie, Redhill rallied themselves well and made it clear to ‘Castle that they weren’t going to roll over and take defeat. Beddows and Bennett in particular were looking strong, but they were not able to contend effectively with the range of shots available to the twin attackers


Nelmes and Viggars had at their disposal. These two were imperious, killing the ball cross-court and down the line, deploying power and roll shots to great effect. The second set was incredibly tight and Redhill fought hard, with great jump float serving from Butcher in particular. ‘Castle’s Zoe Rogers won a couple of crucial points for ‘Castle and the girls held on to win 27-25 and take a 2-0 lead. The third set followed the pattern of the previous two, with Redhill refusing to accept their fate but ‘Castle had just too much for them and won 26-24 to seal a straight sets win! This was a superb performance from ‘Castle – a squad that will lose only two players next season and will surely look to defend their crown!


Under 18 boys... Defend their title! The under 18 boys took on Boswells in their final, giving ‘Castle the opportunity for immediate revenge for the under 16 boys defeat earlier in the day! For ‘Castle, this was the opportunity to defend the title that was won in 2010 against Wessex with a fantastically talented team that had played some sparkling volleyball. This year’s side had retained the majority of the squad including key players Roo Scott, Will Roberts, James Goodwin and Michal Hawiar (who were all playing in their fourth consecutive national cup final) plus the emerging tall talents of Sam Shenton, Iain McKellar and Stew Ross. All of these core 7 players have plaed with ‘Castle since being in their first years in the sport so it really was a home grown side that had developed well together, and they were looking to put in a performance that would make them stand out as the class under 18 team for many years. As clear favourites going into the match, ‘Castle were well aware that Boswells would come at them hard and attack aggressively both at the net and from the service line – and the this they well and truly did. Coupled with this the Essex side defended with an amazing intensity that showed the hard hours they had put in on the training court. Boswells raced into an emphatic early lead, serving tough and making sure that ‘Castle were challenged hard to fight for every ball. This worked well for Boswells and they were 8-3 up at the first technical time-out and retained this lead through to the second. ‘Castle were starting to flow better and with Alex Jenkins introduced to give ‘Castle the ‘power play’ of having a back court setter for extra rotations in place of Michal Hawiar they drew themselves back into contention. Despite not getting into 4 th or 5th gear, ‘Castle had got Boswells on the ropes, they had shown their hand and had little more to offer in the set allowing ‘Castle to sneak through and get an opportunity to pick-pocket the set. Boswells fought hard and forced ‘Castle into a soft ‘downball’ attack, Boswells had all options open and the setter put the ball out to the left side giving a free swing to their passer-hitter against just one blocker, but that blocker was Roo Scott who absolutely roofed him to take the set 25-23.


For the 2nd set, everyone knew the Boswells would take confidence from their opening performance and although they hadn’t managed to finish the job off they knew that ‘Castle weren’t infallible. Sure enough, Boswells continued to fight well with GB senior libero Chris Frost providing a virtuoso performance in reception and defence in this set. ‘Castle were left shell-shocked by losing the set convincingly 25-20. This was as good as it got for Boswells though, and the class of ‘Castle shone through in sets three and four which were won to 19 and 18 respectively. When ‘Castle really clicked they were irresistible playing great combinations between front and back court attackers, and Roo Scott and Iain McKellar gunning down powerful jump serves time and again. Whilst Boswells continued to strive for the winning performance they were not able to maintain their mental intensity and ‘Castle were able to blast them away. Sam Shenton, who played as a middle blocker in the finals of the last two years successfully made the transition to passer hitter and although targeted by the Boswells servers stood up to the test very well, and took the majority of the hitting load in what was an excellent performance – especially for a player who was in his own year group’s ‘B’ team when an under 14 and in the same season did not make it into the 12 players squad for the u15 National Title winning side!

The ‘Castle players were understandably overjoyed with the win and celebrated in style for the loyal supporters who had sung and chanted their way through their third consecutive match on the day. MVP went to Roo Scott – a great way to end his ‘Castle Junior career!


Britain loves its Olympic heroes By Mark Wright We lapped it up as Dame Kelly Holmes pounded round the track at Athens 2004 on her way to double Olympic gold and we oozed at the sight of Sir Steve Redgrave powering his way to five gold medals. We love our young stars too; think Rebecca Adlington becoming an instant national treasure with her performances in Beijing three years ago. So how about a teenager who could well feature at London 2012 and who has represented England since the age of 15? Rupert Scott, 17, is one of British volleyball’s brightest talents, captaining his country’s Under-15, Under-16 and now the Under-19 sides. Outside of the volleyball world, though, his talents have gone largely unnoticed. For most Brits, the extent of their volleyball knowledge begins and ends at admiring the talents of several bikini-clad beach-babes as they pat a ball back and forth on their holidays. For Rupert, this is a major frustration. He says: “It’s a really good sport and people in this country don’t realise it. “They think of girls in bikinis and messing about on the beach, but volleyball is a lot harder than people think. It is such a physical game and is without doubt the hardest sport I have ever played.” Though Rupert enjoys the beach version, and was a junior champion at it, he found his calling in traditional indoor volleyball. It is a high-powered, six-a-side contest, in which, like badminton or tennis, the aim is to ground the ball on the opposition’s side of the court. Each team are permitted to touch the ball up to three times before returning it – though players must not catch or throw the ball. “It is much quicker and more dynamic than beach volleyball.” It’s the second most played sport in the world – after football.” He adds. “Brazil are the best team in the world but it’s really popular in places like Poland, Japan, Italy and Russia. Almost every country has a volleyball team. “It takes good hand-eye coordination and you need to put some effort in,” he explains. “But I just wish people would give it a try.” Surprisingly, Staffordshire-born Rupert, who attended Madeley High School in Crewe, only began playing when he was 13-years-old after he went along to his school volleyball club. He says: “At the end of Year 7 the school started a volleyball team. My sister played for them so I thought I’d give it a go and went along. “We trained twice a week and after only playing for a year I won a WestMidlands tournament and got into the England Under-15 team. I just kept playing and at 16 I was in the England Under-19’s team – which I now captain. There is no team in between, so the jump was quite big.” He continues: “I was so shocked when I was first called up to play for England that I wasn’t really that nervous. I was so excited I couldn’t get nervous. “In my first year *for England+ we travelled around and played lots of club sides from Germany and Austria but I didn’t make my proper international debut until I was 16 years old and we played Sweden. “We lost but I really enjoyed it.”


Rupert has also played for Newcastle Staffs Volleyball Club (NSVC) since he began playing and recently helped them retain the Under-18 championship title for the fourth straight year. “Four years and four titles,” he smiles. “You can’t get much better than that. “In fact I would say I get more nervous playing for the club team than England because we’ve been so successful there is such pressure on us to keep winning.” It was a successful tournament all round for NSVC as they also claimed the Women’s U18’s title, Women’s Shield and were runners-up in the U16 boys tournament. Volleyball has now become the mainstay of Rupert’s life as he has moved away from home to attend the national academy at Loughborough, where he is studying alongside an intense training schedule. “I train twice a day every day now and about five or six times each week,” he says. “I go to the gym about twice a week too, lifting weights in order to improve my strength – it’s about 25 hours a week in all. “I don’t really like getting up at 6.30am every morning and being on court at 7am but it helps me to improve, which leads to winning trophies – and that is what it’s all about really. So it’s worth it for what you get out of it.”

Roo at his first Pontins tournament in July 2006

Rupert, who stands at 6 foot 3 inches tall, added, without a hint of irony; “I’m quite powerful for my size but I regularly play with really tall guys who are around 6 foot 7. They are really strong but I can hold my own and compete with them. “I play in the ‘setter’ role,” he continues. “Which I describe to people who don’t know volleyball, as the quarter-back in American football terms. I am basically the brains of the team and it is my responsibility to put the ball up for the big guys and give the ‘hitters’ the best possible opportunity to score.” “I am not the quickest or the strongest but I can be just as effective by using my brain. “Ricardinho is my idol in that position. He played for Brazil and is the greatest setter of all time.” In fact, Rupert has just linked up with Brazilian coach Rogerio Ponticelli at Loughborough, who has had a positive impact on the team. “He teaches us to play the Brazilian way; with a smile on your face and to have fun with the game, like the Brazil football team. “The Brazil volleyball team are amazing too; they are so far ahead of everyone else.” Rupert hopes to be facing up to those Brazilians come the 2016 Olympic Games – which, rather ominously, will be held in the Brazilian capital of Rio de Janeiro. He hasn’t given up on featuring in London in just over a year’s time though, he says: “My next big ambition is to get into the Great Britain squad.

Captain of the ‘Castle under 15s team aged 14 in 2008 – this team won the first of Roo’s four consecutive national junior titles

“The GB coach has been to watch me play recently and I still believe there is an outside chance. It’s only really my age and lack of experience that counts against me. “If I continue developing at this rate then nothing can stop me and I know I can make it.” He does, however, worry that UK Sport budget cuts could scupper his 2016 dream. He explains: “The Olympics is my ultimate dream but the funding has been a problem. We have had cuts from the London 2012 budget and I worry that if we lose it all together then there won’t be a team at the 2016 games.”


Rupert is certainly not afraid of a challenge and, not to be perturbed, he has big ideas for his future. “All I can do is keep going,” he says. “The funding could stop me but if it does then I’ll concentrate on a pro career. “Abroad they play at such a good level, they hit it so much faster and the intensity is really strong. It was overwhelming at first but I'm fine with it now, I enjoy it. So I would definitely like to move abroad to play. “I want to go to Holland, which has one of the weaker professional leagues. I want to start there and get some experience before hopefully moving to Italy or one of the stronger European countries where I can make a professional career. “I’ve already had the experience of leaving home. It was strange at first but without your parents to rely on, you have to work harder. “I have to rely on myself and that works best for me.” His determination to succeed matches his talent and though London 2012 may come too soon, you might care to remember the name Rupert Scott – future Olympic hero?

“Abroad they play at such a good level, they hit it so much faster and the intensity is really strong. It was overwhelming at first but I'm fine with it now, I enjoy it. So I would definitely like to

move abroad to play.

In action for the ‘Castle under 18s team that Roo captained to his fourth consecutive National Junior Title in April 2011


Promotion Play-off Saturday 7th May Whitechapel Sports Centre 1pm

London Lynx v ‘Castle This is a winner takes all one-off match with the winners going into the 2011-12 season Super 8s, and the losers playing in NVL1.

Go ‘Castle!


‘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, plus a Twitter feed. 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.

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

‘Castle News The club’s unique monthly e-newsletter is now available only as a download through the club website’s news pages at www.nsvc.co.uk/latest-news Reader numbers from recent editions: - January 2011 – 803 - December 2010 – 701 - November 2010 – 601 - October 2010 - 364

Facebook Sign up to ‘Castle at www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=12327566316

Twitter We have an active Twitter account for those of you who want up to the minute information on the club. Go to Twitter and search for us

Wikipedia The NSVC Wikipedia page was launched in March 2010 and will provide a great historical record of the club and its’ achievements over the past 30 years and the years to come http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newcastle_(Staffs)_Volleyball_Club

You Tube Match videos can be posted online at our very own You Tube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/NSVC1 All this season’s NVL highlights are now on there, as are highlights of all of the ‘Castle Cup Finals appearances!


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Castle News 56 - April 2011