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.

New Year New Sport

#WeStandTogether as a hashtag, represents memory to the injured, deceased and indeed all suffering from the atrocities at the Manchester Arena. This community fund was created to support local people affected by the Manchester attack on 22nd May 2017.
The Fund has enabled the S’PORT (Stockport Volleyball Club) to be proactive and to welcome with open arms people of all backgrounds, ages and ethnic groups to taster sessions throughout January 2018.  Please share this good news initiative wide and far and what a great way to see in the New Year.

Thank You David

We are delighted to announce that the S’PORT has been successful in another grant application.  This time to deliver extended outreach activities into Stockport’s primary schools to help children experience a taster of the wonderful sport of volleyball – and no doubt bring new recruits into our Club for those that seek to continue and have interest in playing.

The Grant came from the David Hopkins Foundation, a Trust established in memory to the former Chairman of Life Leisure whom our Chair, Adrian Stores, had the pleasure of serving on that Board of Trustees and Directors whilst representing Stockport Sports Trust/Life Leisure.  The award letter commented: “It is a very worthwhile activity for the young people and their families”.

The David Hopkins Foundation accepts applications from any individual, group or organisation in Stockport for funding that will benefit their sport and help to make a difference to the provision of sport and physical activity, enabling more children and adults from any background to become more active and participate in their chosen activity.

 

Goodbye Howard, Bienvenue Sebastien

Sebastien (‘Seb’) Serayet, our talented NVL Libero, will take over responsibility with immediate effect for Coaching our community adults (male and female) in training. He took practice tonight with his usual dedication, charisma and made a refreshing change.

We had a good turn out to welcome Seb who received applause at the end of the Session. Seb already has coaching experience, but will be supported on achieving coaching qualifications via Volleyball England. This something a previous club promised, but didn’t deliver, and we at the S’PORT recognise the need for both CPD and NGB recognitions.

Howard Ainsworth is replaced by Seb. He left Stockport Volleyball Club with mutual consent. In recent months, Howard admits himself he has missed several bookings with other commitments at a School and University and we agreed we need greater reliability with our professional support team. Howard said on departing: “you seem to have loads of capable volleyball players/coaches on board so you don’t really need me anymore”.

We wish to put our thanks on record to Howard, who was introduced by our contact at the time in Volleyball England and supported our community development plans from the beginning. We wish him well in his future roles.

Chairman’s plea for main sponsor

With the S’PORT continuing its amazing start to the Season perched on the ‘Top Rung’ of the National Volleyball League (NVL) table, our Chairman recognised the generosity of sponsors to date and outlined future plans for which another partner is sought.  Arguably after Stockport Metro with things looking bleak at Stockport County and Sale Sharks having left the Borough, it is Stockport Volleyball Club that carries the flag for our Town and its pride in sport.  Please watch the match versus Nottingham, listen to the Chairman’s message and do get in touch if you know anyone that can take the S’PORT on its next stage of progress. Contact: info@stockportvolleyball.com

Juniors Buzzing

Our Year7s (u12s) entered a Tournament organised by Coach Howard.   It was a fabulous spectacle, hosted admirably by Urmston Grammar with 56 children taking part.  Gratitude must also go to the School, St Francis Primary and Frodsham Volleyball Club.

Two Teams entered named: ‘Stockport Bees’ and ‘Stockport Wasps’. The S’PORT finished in 2nd and 3rd place in a 4 team tournament. Boys played well and one team just lost 23-21 in the Final. All other teams were one year older than our Boys, Year 8s, so a remarkable feat and once again encourages us to recognise the potential! Thank you to the Boys and Parents that gave up their time to come and support!

We Stand Together

#WeStandTogether is a hashtag synonymous with remembering the atrocities at the Manchester Arena. A community fund has been created to support local communities affected by the Manchester attack on 22nd May 2017. The Fund will assist local groups and organisations to host events and manage initiatives to counter hate and emerging unrest and should look to promote cohesion within communities.
 
The S’PORT (Stockport Volleyball Club) has embraced this Initiative and is delighted to announce through liaison with THE GREATER MANCHESTER HIGH SHERIFF’S POLICE TRUST, it has been granted funding to progress further more inter-faith and recruitment of ethnic minorities.
 
Volleyball is already an international game and we are proud of the mix of cultures among our members. This Grant will allow us to spread the word to introduce new people, both adults and juniors.
 
More details will be announced shortly. But people interested in knowing more and being registered for this initiative can email Neil or Adrian at info@stockportvolleyball.com.
 
Find out more about the High Sherriff’s Police Trust here: www.gmhspt.org #WeStandTogether

Howard’s Way

It was nice to return to community matters last night as we hosted our first adults training of the Season.  Welcome back Coach Howard Ainsworth.  A fun session with new tactics employed, some of which our Chairman struggled to get his head around!  Several new faces from Stockport and Romania (!).  Enjoyment had by all – come on down to our next ones – dates all below.

Howard has also kindly invited the S’PORT and its Year 6,7 and 8 Juniors to play in a three-club Tournament on Saturday 7th October 2017.  Parents have been asked to confirm availability via the WhatsApp Group so that our Chair, Coach Rafal and Coach Matt can make the appropriate preparations.  Alternatively, just drop us a line on info@stockportvolleyball.com

Magnificent 17

The ‘old-timers’ may recall the great western Movie called ‘The Magnificent Seven’.  The Film was recently remade and relaunched after its 1960 origin. A cowboy film at its best, the characters were seven gunslingers hired to protect a small village in Mexico from a group of marauding bandits and their leader.  Sounds just like the volleyball landscape (note from Ed. “Only joking!”).

Anyway as an anecdotal introduction, this preamble serves to introduce the 17 players (so far!) that have completed Registrations to represent, Stockport Volleyball Club, ‘the S’PORT’ in 2017-2018.  Some names to faces and we hope that our members and newcomers will give them a warm, Stockport welcome.

 

Our first National Volleyball League (NVL) Home fixture is at the Life Leisure Priestnall Centre starting at 1.30pm on 22nd October when we take on both Nottingham and York.

Main sponsor: ACROBAT | FCSM

First ever adults match

The S’PORT played its first ever adults volleyball match this Weekend.  What a place to start with an away fixture against Newcastle Staffs – a Club established in 1980 and one of the Country’s leading organisations.  Whats more, the Match was against a Division 1 side and Stockport Volleyball Club has started in Division 3 North.  So the background was set.

The Day didn’t start well with a Rail strike affecting transport and one player didn’t make it to the Venue.  Nevertheless, the players did the S’PORT proud.  The final result was a defeat but with Stockport showing real promise and winning 15, 21 and 22 points respectively in each game. Indeed, in the second Game, the S’PORT were winning 16-10 at one point!

We thank Newcastle Staffs for its hospitality and welcoming and wish them future success in the forthcoming rounds of this National Cup.