Juniors take part in Volleyball Futures

Posted by Winchester Eagles Volleyball Club on May 21 2023 at 10:43AM PDT in 2022/2023

Yesterday, two of our Under 14 players went all the way to the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering to take part in the Volleyball Futures event – an all-day volleyball camp led by national team volleyball coaches.

Our Eaglets had three very inspiring practical sessions. The first one, run by England Cadets’ coach Carol Gordon, was about movement and balance, with some very challenging activities (some even with your eyes closed!) to perfect the ready position and transition movements.

This was followed by a presentation by Bertrand Olie on the Talent Pathway to join the junior national squads. Bertrand also led a workshop on the importance of nutrition and sleep and information on this will soon be shared with all club members.

The second practical session was also led by Carol and included some very interesting drills aimed at perfecting your pass (we might sneak in some of these in our future sessions so watch this space).

Then our juniors had a chance to interview the Under 17 women squad before joining the last practical session of the day: “Learn to spike powerfully” led by Senior England Men’s Assistant Coach Jeff Williams. Our young athletes were blown away when Jeff bounced the ball to the ceiling with just a flick of his wrist and they had a lot to take away as they were shown the building blocks of a powerful spike.

It was a challenging but fun-filled volleyball day, which gave our youngsters a unique opportunity to get advice from some of the best coaches in the nation and meet young talented players from all over the country.

At the end of the day they were happy but exhausted and they even managed to take home a Coaches’ Award.

Our club has now sent a total of five young players to Volleyball Futures and we are hoping to increase this number next season.

What a great achievement for our growing youth section!


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