As promised, here is an update on the 2022-23 season.
10th July Sitting Volleyball and Beginners Volleyball:
On Sunday 10th of July, we return to Dean Trust Ardwick 10:30 - 12:00 for the resumption of our Sitting Volleyball trainings. Sitting Volleyball will then take place every Sunday morning in July, 10:30-12:00. With a less crowded schedule this year and more volunteers involved at the Club, we hope to attend a few sitting volleyball competitions. On Sunday 10th of July, we will also be starting Beginners volleyball sessions alongside sitting volleyball; this is a great opportunity for people new to the sport to brush up on the basics. Again this will take place every Sunday 10:30-12:00.
- Sitting volleyball will cost £3 a session on a pay-as-you-go basis (or included in your Club membership if you have one)
- Beginners volleyball will cost £4 a session on a pay-as-you-go basis (or included in your Club membership if you have one)
Team plans and Training Schedule (as discussed at the Captains' meeting yesterday): This upcoming season, our Club will have three men's, three women's and one mixed training group. Attached to this email is the training schedule for the upcoming season August - May. Open sessions will be changing slightly this year. There will be an Open Training session on Saturdays and a Beginners Training session on Sundays alongside Sitting Volleyball. We will also be running Under18 Open Training on Thursday evenings and some sort of open tournament or event every month. To attend Open Training you need to be aged 16 plus (school year 11 upwards); if you are unsure if you are allowed to attend, just drop us an email or a message. We will be entering the following teams in the following competitions for men and women:
1/2 training group = Two National League teams and one National Cup team
2+ training group = One National League team and one Local League team (can play in the National Cup with 1/2 group)
Local League/Under18 Development training group = One Local League team, one Under18 or Under16 National Championship team
Mixed local league training group - One Local League team
We will be hosting team tryouts at Dean Trust Ardwick School on Tuesday 19th of July 2022. Women's team trials will take place 19:00 - 20:30, followed by Men's team trials 20:30 - 22:00. Don't panic if you can't make it; just come down to our open training every Wednesday at Alexandra Park and let us know you are interested in playing for a team. Teams will be finalised at the end of July and pre-season training will start the first week of August.
Provisional Training Groups:
Provisional training groups will be announced on Monday and are based on the following criteria (decided at the Captains' meeting). These groups are provisional, players need to pay fees and register in order to secure their place.
Throughout July, players have the opportunity to prove their case to join a different training group (using the below criteria). We will also be holding trials and/or promoting academy players to fill teams*.
1/2 = Physical ability (fast enough, strong enough, tall enough) to play division 1, plus availability for matches and team balance/cohesion
2+ = Technical ability to play division 2, plus availability for matches and team balance/cohesion
Local League/Under18 Development = Potential to be a National League player or experience and personality to support developing younger teammates
Mixed Local League = Adults from the Local League/Development team plus Adult Open Members from open training