Q & A
In order to find out more about the club, we have answered some of the questions that we often get asked.
Q. I have never played before, will I be able to learn the game ?
A. Yes of course, come along to one of our Sunday evening sessions, the basics of the game are easy to pick up and our coaches will be there to teach you the necessary skills. All the sessions end with some game play so you will be able to join right in.
Q. Do you run any courses ?
A. See out Beginners Course running during September.
The way that Sunday evening training sessions are structured means that a broad range of skills are coached in each session so if you miss one week you will quickly be able to catch up.
Q. I have played a bit before, but not for a few years, I am interested in starting playing again, what should I do ?
A. Your best bet would be to come along to one of our Sunday evening sessions to ease yourself gently back into the swing of things. Take the opportunity to chat to one of the coaches or existing club members about the club and what you want to get from volleyball, it very much depends on you.
Some people may want to exercise and play with a group of friendly people but cannot make a regular commitment to a team. While others will relish the the excitement of competitive sport and will be looking to join one of our teams.
We like to think that we can offer something for both of these groups and anyone in between.
Q. I have played before and would like to play in a team.
A. Great ! - We run 5 teams in Local and National League competitions for both men and women so it is likely that we will have a team suitable for you. Either come along on a Sunday to the Open Session or contact us to for a chat.
Q. What can I expect at a training session ?
A. Most of our sessions are run along similar lines. We start with a warm-up and stretching then move on to working in pairs with a ball. The coach might well spend some time working on a specific skill, or more likely a combination of skills, progressing to working in a small group.
Very often we will run a controlled drill concentrating on a specific phase of play (serve reception, to first attack,or defense to attack). At the end of the session we will play some games.
Q. What should I wear, do I need any special equipment ?
One of the great things about Volleyball is that you don't need any expensive equipment to get started (the nets and posts are already setup and the club provides the balls**). You just need a pair of training shoes - non-marking with reasonable grip, shorts or tracksuit bottoms and a T shirt.
Apart form that the only thing you may eventually need is a pair of knee pads and the club usually has a stock of these when you decide you need to buy some.
** We only use balls which are approved by the International Federation (FIVB) for use in the highest levels of competition.
Q. How much does it cost ?
A. Your first session is FREE and then sessions are £8 (£6 for unwaged) per 2 hours for the open Sunday session.
Once you become a club member sessions go down to £5 (£4 unwaged) and when you reach a suitable level you will be able to attend our other midweek sessions.
We encourage club members to pay for their match and training fees by a monthly standing order.
Q. Do you offer any reductions for unwaged / juniors ?
A. Yes - Generally we offer a 33% discount.