The men's A squad gives players the opportunity to compete at one of the highest possible levels of English volleyball. Competing in BUCS Western 1A for the 2019/20 season and pushing for promotion back into BUCS Premiership, as well as competing in Division 2 in the National Volleyball League means that players can really play at a high standard. The team also competes in competitions such as the Volleyball England Student Cup against the best teams in the country and in the BUCS Beach Student cup at the end of the year, as well as participating in Varsity: a university-wide competition against the University of West England.
The team trains twice a week with coach Mauro Ceccarini and also has strength and conditioning sessions once a week and all players are expected to attend all of these sessions. This squad aims to push as far as we possibly can and realise that it's the small things that make all the difference. We also welcome beginners who show future potential as many of our players work their way up from beginners to starting 6 players within their time at University.
It's not all hard work however as every Wednesday, the hair is let down as we head to Sports Night with the rest of the club and all the other University sports. Being part of a University sports team is as much about making friends as it is competing and other smaller social events such as pub trips and meals are a great way to get to know the rest of the team.
Michael Wilsher, 2018/19 Men's A Squad Captain
Women's A squad gives players the opportunity to compete at one of the highest possible levels of English volleyball. Competing in Premier South league since September 2017, and keeping the highest standard not having dropped a league since. We also compete in the National Volleyball League, alongside the rest of the women's teams. The team also competes in competitions such as the Volleyball England Student Cup against the best teams in the country and in the BUCS Beach Student cup at the end of the year, as well as participating in Varsity: a university-wide competition against the University of West England.
The team trains twice a week with a fully qualified coach, and also attends a Strength and Conditioning session once a week with a fully qualified trainer. This squad aims to push as far as we possibly can. We also welcome beginners who show future potential as many of our players work their way up from beginners to starting 6 players within their time at University.
On top of all this fun, every Wednesday it's Sports day, meaning that after our matches we will rejoin the rest of the club for some friendly drinks and afterwards hit the club with the rest of the sports clubs. Being part of a University team is as much about making friends as it is competing and other smaller social events such as pub trips, meals and the winter formal are great ways of getting to know the rest of the club.
Marina Rodriguez , 2019/20 Women's A Squad Captain
The Men’s B Squad has gone from being the new kid in the room to the club's most successful team in the space of three years. The “Men’s Bs” finished top of Western 2B with a perfect record of 8 victories and no losses. In their quest for volleyball domination, only two sets were dropped against the eventual winner of the Conference Cup (Men’s B was defeated in the semi-finals this year). Next year, the squad will play in Western 1A alongside the Men’s A squad, no longer will the Bs be overshadowed by their older brother. Men's Bs also participates in Varsity: a university-wide competition against the University of West England.
The team is for players who want to play volleyball at a competitive level and improve their game to eventually join the A Squad! The team is also very involved in the social aspect of being in a University club. If there’s anything the B team likes to do after a win (or a loss, but that only happened once so we’re not quite used to it) is to dress up and go out with the rest of the club.
The team trains three times every two weeks, with S&C sessions once a week, and all players are expected to attend these sessions. The aim for the team is to maintain their newly acquired position in 1A! All in all this is an incredible way to make new friends, have a great time and to get that summer bod ready for the Portugal 2020 (the club’s annual tour!).
Antoine “Captoine” Macquet, 2018/2019 Men’s B Squad Captain
The Women’s B team is a great way to combine playing volleyball at a competitive level, while also maintaining room to greatly improve your skills and the opportunity to move up within the club. Currently competing in the BUCS Western 2B division (and having placed 3rd in the 2018/19 season), the team is coached by experienced, higher level players, giving its members the chance to advance while at the same time playing in a challenging league. They lead three training sessions every two weeks, along with one hour of strength and conditioning per week. The team also competes in the Conference Cup, and in Varsity: a university-wide competition against the University of West England.
Alongside the training, being a part of any team in the Volleyball club is a very social affair, and provides a real sense of community within your team and the whole club. Team meals are quite common, and a nice way to get to know your teammates better off court, and Sports Night on Wednesdays is always a laugh thanks to the club's two social secretaries.
Alex Steadman, 2019/20 Women's B Squad Captain
The Mixed C team is a new concept this year, providing a vital step in the development pathway and also promoting club cohesion; that’s a powerful thing. As a team made up of mostly new players, we have a tradition of playing the sport with the greatest of spirits, and we are proud of our resilience in games.
The squad trains twice a week with the objective of developing players into well-rounded and important pieces in a high level volleyball team. We are coached by our finest first team members, who are excellent at refining volleyball moves and maximising player potential. Also, the Cs have the opportunity of playing in the local BDVA league. This means that there is plenty of game time for players to pick up game sense that comes only with experience.
We also happen to have the best chant in the volleyball club. This chant has carried the team through highs and lows on the court, and has never failed to lift spirits on the dance floor. Every Wednesday night, the team gathers for a drink or two before joining the rest of the club for various social events organized by our amazing social secs.
Man Fai Ho, 2018/19 Men's C Squad Captain
Despite not having any official games, the Development Squad has made big strides this year. Garnering interest from all corners of the university and in fact the world, the beginners' team has trained hard and gained valuable skills from our coaches from the amazing UoB Volleyball teams (thank you Antoine, Davide, Anita, Maria, Charlotte and co!). With noteworthy performances from the two Dev Squad teams in the intramural competition, we can happily say that we've done our Squad proud.
UoBVC has not only made us up-and-coming players (with the opportunity to move up into the club teams), but has also given us the opportunity to make great memories and great friends. From incredible fancy dress nights to crazy treasure hunt adventures, Dev Squad has truly enjoyed being part of the club and look forward to welcoming you too!
Diksha Kundlani, 2018/2019 Development Squad Captain