Squads

Men's A

"The men's A team offers players to play in two high-level leagues; starting in late October the men's A will be playing in the National Volleyball League Division 3, aiming to be promoted back to division 2. In January we start our defense of the BUCS Western 1A title where players can expect to play some very high-level volleyball. Alongside these leagues, the players can also have the opportunity to compete in Varsity against UWE, friendlies against our very own B's, and C's as well as BUCS beach.

Players are expected to be some of the most committed members of the club, showing up to two trainings a week with our coach Mauro Ceccarini and a strength and conditioning session once a week. The team aims to push players to play to the best of their ability and improve throughout the season to reach their full potential.

As serious as we take our volleyball, we wouldn't be a uni sports team without the social side. Having both smaller team socials such as team meals and a weekly wednesday night social with the whole club."

Sjoerd Peijs, 2020/21 Men's A Squad Captain

Women's A

"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

Men's B

"As newcomers to the Western 1A division, there were doubts if the squad could maintain their position as they competition got fiercer and the spikes got harder. However, I’m happy to say that the Men’s Bs silenced the haters and, with the grit and determination, have managed to stay in 1A! This makes our goal for this season to improve on our position in the league table by notching up some more wins!

The team is perfect for players who want to play volleyball at a competitive level and improve their game to eventually join the A Squad! The squad also has a proud tradition of being involved and enthusiastic in the social side of the club, showing up in big numbers no matter the costume and no matter the weather!

The team trains two times a week, with S&C sessions once a week, and all players are expected to attend these sessions. 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 annual club tour!"

Ari Biggart, 2020/21 Men’s B Squad Captain

Women's B

"The Women’s B team allows members to compete at a competitive level in the BUCS league and the Conference Cup, and players continue to be challenged in training as well as matches. The team currently competes in the BUCS Western 2B division, placing 2nd in the 2019/2019 season, and is coached by higher level players within the club. This encourages players to develop their skills in a fun environment, as well as competing in a challenging league. Alongside training sessions, the B team attend strengthening and conditioning sessions held at university facilities, where supervised workout routines designed to help volleyball players take place. In addition to this, they also compete in Varsity, a university wide competition held against the other university in Bristol, the University of the West of England.

The club is a very social society and we continue to adapt to COVID regulations so we can create and maintain a strong sense of community within your team and across the whole club. Our socials range from crazy nights out to cosy board game nights and, most recently, a wide variety of Zoom activities, including competitive pub quizzes. Attending our socials is a great way to get to know your team and other members across the club and are always very enjoyable due to the hard work of our great social secretaries!"

Eve Kimber, 2020/21 Women's B Squad Captain

Mixed C

"The Mixed C Team combines the best of both worlds, an important link between our Development Squad and the extremely competitive A and B squads. That role is at the heart of our very foundation, developing new players and infusing the resilience and enthusiasm that will make them go to ever higher spikes.

We train twice a week with our set objective in mind, to develop players as versatile and important pieces on the volleyball court. We are coached by our best first team members, who are excellent at refining our volleyball skills and tactics, whilst imparting those little titbits that come only with experience. We too get the chance to hone that innate game sense, as the Cs compete in the local BDVA league, meaning there is plenty of game time for us to enjoy.

And to relax after a long week of being amazing, we meet for a drink or two before joining the rest of the club for the awesome Wednesday night socials that are organised by our amazing social secs. We are all really looking forward to meeting you, be it on the dancefloor or the volleyball court."

Alisa Schmieg, Eoin Rollins, Theo Snelson, 2020/21 Mixed C Squad Captains and Vice Captain

Development Squad

"Have you ever wanted to start a new sport or society but been too nervous? Nervous that you won't be good enough? You need a completely open and encouraging place to just try something new! Thats what the development squad is all about. The university's most wholesome and inclusive team (self-proclaimed) is the perfect opportunity to play so beginners volleyball and to meet amazing people! If you just want casual exercise or your looking to progress into the competitive squads then this is the place for you. The development squad also takes part in intramural tournaments and various beginners tournaments. We are the heart and soul of the great University of Bristol Volleyball Club."

Wilf Stoddard, 2020/2021 Development Squad Captain