How to Join
As a club, we cater for both players who wish to play competitive volleyball, as well as those who wish to play volleyball for leisure in our Development Squad. The process to join us through each of these pathways is slightly different but is not permanent. Often, we encourage Development Squad players who show potential to progress to our competitive teams, as we believe strongly in improving the skills of our entire player base. Progression is a crucial component in the core strength of our competitive teams.
If you wish to join our competitive teams, we strongly encourage that you take part in our taster week which will run from the 28th of September to the 4th of October. Here, your skills and potential will be assessed and you will be placed into a suitable team for your level. If you are unable to attend these sessions, do not fear! In this case, please attend either the first Men's Cs or Women's Bs session that you can, making sure to message the respective captains ahead of time (you can find their name and Facebook contact here, and the training times here). As would occur with the taster sessions, your skill and potential will be assessed, and you will be placed into a team suited to your level.
Once you have been placed into a team and have found that you deeply enjoy being a part of our club, we will ask you to pay a membership fee towards the end of October. This helps us afford the coaching we receive, organise events, purchase equipment and generally keeps the club afloat. We consider the pricing to be very reasonable, especially when compared to some clubs that operate within the University.
On top of our membership, to be able to access the SEH (our training location), the University requires that all our players purchase the #WeAreBristol membership (a name coined by our very own John House). This pays for our hall time and the upkeep of the facilities we use. If you already have any kind of sports pass from the University of Bristiol, you will already own this pass. This year, between the 23rd of September and the 4th of October, the SEH is allowing players who do not have a #WeAreBristol pass to use the facilities. Therefore, we heavily encourage you to come down and try out a session or two to see if you think it is worth the membership fees (we are confident that upon joining a session you will agree with us that it is worth it).
To account for the variable training hours and S&C the each team receive, we have split the membership into categories that we believe accurately represent the value returned to the players. We have also a reduced half-year membership specifically for ERASMUS or exchange students who are only with us for half a year.
We run two Development Squad sessions a week due to the large number of attendees. To be able to join these sessions, players must buy our Development Squad membership, which will entitle you to attend both the B:active session and an additional session each week. For this, you will also need to have a #WeAreBristol sports pass. As with the competitive passes, we have added a half year to cater for ERASMUS or half year exchange students.
The Development squad is the heart of our club, and we rely heavily on the progression of these players to maintain a competitive player base. Therefore, these sessions are coached by an enthusiastic core of more experienced players from the competitive teams.