MVP Pawel

What a delightful surprise. Our governing body, Volleyball England has presented the Club, and infact our Players’ Player of the Year 2018, with a fantastic recognition. The actual award was bestowed with these kind words:

“Congratulations! As part of the 2018 Annual Awards, we’re delighted to announce that one of your team members, Pawel Wisniewski, has been awarded MVP for Men’s Division 3 North 2017-18. Once each club has presented the MVP trophy to their winning team member, then the full list of MVPs for the 2017-18 season will be posted on the Volleyball England website. 

Congratulations once again to Pawel Wisniewski!”

Pictured here with Head Coach, Rafal and Tomasz.

American Starlets to take on the S’PORT

Stockport Volleyball Club is delighted to be welcoming our first ever touring team opponents to play in a commemorative match later this Year.

The Event has been Organised by Tour Manager, Jeremy Mannino and our Chairman, Adrian Stores.  Jeremy says: “NBC Camps has been established for 45 years and is the biggest overnight camp organisation in the World.  Players coming will have attended Camp last summer and will have applied for the overseas tour coming to the UK. They are a Christian sports organisation touring the Country looking for amazing games and opportunities to meet great people along the way.”

NBC Camps began as Northwest Basketball Camp in Cusick, Washington in 1971. Coach Fred Crowell had a dream to partner intensive basketball skill development with the importance of encouragement, enthusiasm, self-discipline, and gratitude.  Since then, hundreds of thousands of campers have come to camp. Northwest Basketball Camp has become Nothing Beats Commitment Camps focused on helping campers find the courage to be committed to a life of excellence.  What is an excellent life– a life that isn’t about perfection or external success as much as it is about the internal qualities of living life with gratitude, mental toughness, strength of character, grit, and the will to overcome any difficulty with dignity and confidence.  NBC Camps offers intensive training for basketball, volleyball, and soccer.

What a Week!

In its first ever Season in the elite, National Volleyball League, Stockport Volleyball Club has been promoted after final fixtures against Nottingham and Darlington.  Clinching promotion, away, against Darlington 3-0 was sweet, after losing 2-3 earlier in the Season.

Competing against high-profile clubs this Year including Manchester, Newcastle and York, Stockport’s own Team, nicknamed the S’PORT, clinched promotion alongside Doncaster.  Stockport will play in Division 2 in 2018-19 as a result of this success.  The Season has been truly memorable with the Team also getting to the semi-finals of the National Shield Competition, where the Final was  held this weekend at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering, and won by London Aces Volleyball Club.

Chairman, Adrian Stores, who set up the Club with Son, Kaya only two years ago, has had even more reasons to stand tall.  Adrian has just been awarded the prestigious accolade of being named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ by Volleyball England, the National Governing Body for the Sport.  It said:

“Here at Volleyball England, we would like to thank you for your outstanding contribution to volleyball. Both we and the independent judging panel have taken great pleasure in reading the high-quality nominations that fellow members of the volleyball community have submitted in your favour. As a category winner, we have invited you to attend the National Cup Finals, hosted at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering, on Saturday 14th April, where you will be presented with your trophy.

After receiving your award in front of the Cup Finals crowd, you will also be given the opportunity to take part in the presentation for either the Men’s and Women’s Cup or Shield Final.

Once again, congratulations and thank you for your outstanding contribution to volleyball in England.”

Plans are already a foot for the next Season and the next part of Stockport’s journey.  Anyone interested in joining Stockport Volleyball can contact the Club through www.stockportvolleyball.com. Promotion naturally brings with it more expenses for sports hall hire, referees’ and scorers’ matchday fees, coaches and training equipment.  For a low investment compared to more established sports, the S’PORT seeks a local or national brand that might want to become main Club sponsor with an array of partner benefits for the next 12 months.  Informal contact from any interested parties to: adrian@stockportvolleyball.com.

The S’PORT secures promotion

And now you’re going to believe us….the S’PORT is going up.

STOCKPORT VOLLEYBALL CLUB is promoted after its first successful season in the National Volleyball League (NVL). This after defeating Darlington (away) in the penultimate match of the season 25-15 in all three sets.

We now join our friends from Doncaster Miners as automatically promoted to Division 2 and await confirmation of the additional winner of the play offs.

An incredible journey with only four defeats all year in our inaugural season amongst the elite of the National Volleyball League. Particular praise to Head Coach, Rafal, but an all round team effort. Congratulations everyone.

How far we have come

Unfortunately, the S’PORT bowed out today in the National Shield Semi Finals held in Media City. We were beaten by a resolute Intervolley Team 25-22 20-25 20-25 19-25. Stockport weren’t at their best today, but can hold their heads up high. Reaching the Semi Final in our first season as an NVL team is an achievement that makes every one of us at the Club proud. Tomorrow is another day as we go again this time to take on both Darlington and Doncaster in fixtures that might well determine the Champions of the League where presently the S’PORT sits in pole position. #c’montheS’PORT 🏐👏👏👏

Best dressed boys?

Time for a change.  Arguably our new kits, courtesy of Kappa UK, are one of the best in UK volleyball.  This kit replaces the initial ‘stock’ one bought, where all adults received XXL irrespective of size (we are a start up club after all!).  The kits will be allocated to NVL players after a memorable first season, however it finishes.  And we are looking to hopefully acquire replicas for all our juniors and have an application in for funding towards. #fingerscrossed

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

Music Magpie 

ACROBAT FCSM

In My Bag *

SunSense

Life Leisure

Greenfields

Jim Hall Sports *

Istanbul Grill

Seashell Trust

Key: * = speak to adrian@stockportvolleyball.co.uk as offers or discounts available to S’PORT members.

Stockport shining through the media

Always nice when the achievements of Stockport Volleyball Club, ‘the Sport’ are recognised.  Please find the images and articles from the latest edition of the Stockport Mail.  The newspaper goes on to say:

“From tiny acorns, mighty oaks can grow.  That is exactly, what has happened, since Father and Son, Adrian and Kaya Stores, established Stockport Volleyball Club, a couple of Years ago.  The Club, affectionately known as “the  S’PORT” started around creating community activities.  It runs from the Seashell Trust in Cheadle Hulme, and if the master plans for site redevelopment are granted planning approval, would have a new sports hall as its base.  Presently, training is alternate weeks, adults and juniors. The former allows people of all abilities to come and try courtesy of collaboration with Life Leisure and its’ ‘I Wish I’d Tried’ scheme.  Last Week the juniors played in a tournament at Frodsham Volleyball Club and youngsters from Year 4 to Year 8 managed to get into two finals as runners up.

At the other end of the spectrum, a little known secret is that Stockport, the S’PORT, plays in the National Volleyball League (NVL) and is presently top of the League having lost only two games all Season; and is still in the National Shield playing Black Country in the next round.  The standard is exceptional with some players for the S’PORT of international calibre.  The NVL Team plays at Life Leisure Priestnall. Admission is free for spectators.

The ambitious plans for this growing Club includes a Women’s Team for next Season and coaching in the Borough’s Schools thanks to a grant which will part fund this initiative from the David Hopkins Foundation.

Local Stockport businesses have got behind this success story and this not-for profit venture, including: Music Magpie, Sun Sense, Greenfields, ACROBAT FCSM, Cheadle College, Snowden Wilkinson  and Jim Hall Sports.”

Anyone wanting to give the sport of volleyball a go check the website for details and timings: www.stockportvolleyball.com or any Stockport companies that want to become partners please contact Adrian direct at adrian@stockportvolleyball.com

Marvellous

National Shield. Stockport Volleyball Club – the S’PORT take on Manchester Marvels first team in this established Volleyball England Cup. Some times the ‘underdogs’ come out victorious!

Sponsorship opportunities available for 2018? Join this exciting new Team.

Aiming High

To further enhance the impressive development of Stockport Volleyball Club, we have decided to work towards “Clubmark” status.

What is Clubmark?

Clubmark is the universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports Clubs.

It stands for:

  • Higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management in community sports clubs
  • Making sure the Nation’s sports club infrastructure is safer, stronger and more successful.

It shows that a Club provides the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.

An accredited Club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages as well as helping parents and carers know that they’re choosing the right Club for their young people.

Naturally, we will keep you informed as the process progresses.  More information: info@stockportvolleyball.com

Thank you to Ross McGuigan of Life Leisure for his guidance and encouragement in this respect.

 

Girls just wanna have fun

Stockport Volleyball Club is now actively looking for more females as we plan to introduce a girls/women’s team shortly to the Club.  Interested parties to contact the S’PORT initially via info@stockportvolleyball.co.uk  All ages welcome.  In the email please share your background and level of participation.