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WELCOME TO VOLLEYBALL DEVELOPMENT CAMPS

Volleyball Development Camps ran its first event in 2005, a week-long day camp for two dozen local athletes ranging from beginners to teens who practiced with their parent’s club. Two years later there were more camps, for introducing the sport to first-timers, for adolescents who needed help learning to handle the volleyball, and for teen-agers who were beginning to play year round at higher levels.

Today there are seven levels of training in the VbDC curriculum, along with one-day workshops for positional players, programmes to help mature recreational players enjoy the game more, English language tuition for athletes from abroad, and outreach activities for schools and leisure centres. A VbDC event takes place every month. Young athletes aged 8 to 22 participate in training tailored to a particular level of ability. Aspects of the game covering players’ technical form and game tactics are introduced from early ages. Guest speakers discuss the game during lunch breaks, professional and national teams have joined the training sessions, and sports science specialists analyse individual performance. Many athletes return year after year and progress through the range of camps. Some have become friends in whom VbDC has taken an active involvement in helping them chart their sports future.

Activities have grown off court, too, with VbDC assisting athletes in their search for scholarships to US and Canadian universities, organizing courses for the qualification of game officials, and sponsoring local clubs. A sister company, Top Flight Volley, retails training equipment, balls, shoes, accessories and clothing.

But the founding guideline on which VbDC was founded has not changed over time: Assemble highly qualified coaches in the best facilities available and create a course of instruction that will help disciplined, dedicated volleyball athletes take their performance to a higher level.

Welcome to the VbDC website. Please explore it and read about our approach to volleyball training, how we structure our camps and when various programs are scheduled, who we are and the support services we offer, and the latest developments in the lives of VbDC athletes of note. You’ll quickly see how VbDC has become not only a good training programme, but a community of volleyball enthusiasts.

Enquiry Form

Would you like to learn more about Volleyball Development Camps programmes, or about one camp in particular? The form below can be used to send us an enquiry.

The form asks for a few general details, which help us be more accurate in our response to your enquiry. This information is kept only for the purpose of providing a reply. In keeping with new data protection regulations, it will not be shared with any outside organisation. It will be removed from our database after our initial contacts if you wish it to be removed.

Why do we ask for this information?

  • Very general personal details, such as age and gender, enable us to know who we are discussing.
  • If we know the athlete’s location and dates of availability, we will have an idea whether the athlete is likely to require a residential or language option, and for us to be prepared to help with transport and tutoring arrangements, if necessary.
  • Some questions we ask about the athlete’s playing history and club association enable us to make a better recommendation on the type of camp they will benefit most from attending.

Please take the time to fill out the form if you wish to learn more about VbDC activities. The data will be used only to help you make the right choice for the athlete on whose behalf you are enquiring.

ONLINE ENQUIRY FORM

ONLINE EQUIRY FORM

WELCOME TO VOLLEYBALL DEVELOPMENT CAMPS

Volleyball Development Camps ran its first event in 2005, a week-long day camp for two dozen local athletes ranging from beginners to teens who practiced with their parent’s club. Two years later there were more camps, for introducing the sport to first-timers, for adolescents who needed help learning to handle the volleyball, and for teen-agers who were beginning to play year round at higher levels.

Today there are seven levels of training in the VbDC curriculum, along with one-day workshops for positional players, programmes to help mature recreational players enjoy the game more, English language tuition for athletes from abroad, and outreach activities for schools and leisure centres. A VbDC event takes place every month. Young athletes aged 8 to 22 participate in training tailored to a particular level of ability. Aspects of the game covering players’ technical form and game tactics are introduced from early ages. Guest speakers discuss the game during lunch breaks, professional and national teams have joined the training sessions, and sports science specialists analyse individual performance. Many athletes return year after year and progress through the range of camps. Some have become friends in whom VbDC has taken an active involvement in helping them chart their sports future.

Activities have grown off court, too, with VbDC assisting athletes in their search for scholarships to US and Canadian universities, organizing courses for the qualification of game officials, and sponsoring local clubs. A sister company, Top Flight Volley, retails training equipment, balls, shoes, accessories and clothing.

But the founding guideline on which VbDC was founded has not changed over time: Assemble highly qualified coaches in the best facilities available and create a course of instruction that will help disciplined, dedicated volleyball athletes take their performance to a higher level.

Welcome to the VbDC website. Please explore it and read about our approach to volleyball training, how we structure our camps and when various programs are scheduled, who we are and the support services we offer, and the latest developments in the lives of VbDC athletes of note. You’ll quickly see how VbDC has become not only a good training programme, but a community of volleyball enthusiasts.

Enquiry Form

Would you like to learn more about Volleyball Development Camps programmes, or about one camp in particular? The form below can be used to send us an enquiry.

The form asks for a few general details, which help us be more accurate in our response to your enquiry. This information is kept only for the purpose of providing a reply. In keeping with new data protection regulations, it will not be shared with any outside organisation. It will be removed from our database after our initial contacts if you wish it to be removed.

Why do we ask for this information?

  • Very general personal details, such as age and gender, enable us to know who we are discussing.
  • If we know the athlete’s location and dates of availability, we will have an idea whether the athlete is likely to require a residential or language option, and for us to be prepared to help with transport and tutoring arrangements, if necessary.
  • Some questions we ask about the athlete’s playing history and club association enable us to make a better recommendation on the type of camp they will benefit most from attending.

Please take the time to fill out the form if you wish to learn more about VbDC activities. The data will be used only to help you make the right choice for the athlete on whose behalf you are enquiring.

ONLINE ENQUIRY FORM

ONLINE EQUIRY FORM

Welcome

Forthcoming Events

Volleyball Development Camps ran its first event in 2005, a week-long day camp for two dozen local athletes ranging from beginners to teens who practiced with their parent’s club. Two years later there were more camps, for introducing the sport to first-timers, for adolescents who needed help learning to handle the volleyball, and for teen-agers who were beginning to play year round at higher levels.

Today there are seven levels of training in the VbDC curriculum, along with one-day workshops for positional players, programmes to help mature recreational players enjoy the game more, English language tuition for athletes from abroad, and outreach activities for schools and leisure centres. A VbDC event takes place every month. Young athletes aged 8 to 22 participate in training tailored to a particular level of ability. Aspects of the game covering players’ technical form and game tactics are introduced from early ages. Guest speakers discuss the game during lunch breaks, professional and national teams have joined the training sessions, and sports science specialists analyse individual performance. Many athletes return year after year and progress through the range of camps. Some have become friends in whom VbDC has taken an active involvement in helping them chart their sports future.

Activities have grown off court, too, with VbDC assisting athletes in their search for scholarships to US and Canadian universities, organizing courses for the qualification of game officials, and sponsoring local clubs. A sister company, Top Flight Volley, retails training equipment, balls, shoes, accessories and clothing.

But the founding guideline on which VbDC was founded has not changed over time: Assemble highly qualified coaches in the best facilities available and create a course of instruction that will help disciplined, dedicated volleyball athletes take their performance to a higher level.

Welcome to the VbDC website. Please explore it and read about our approach to volleyball training, how we structure our camps and when various programs are scheduled, who we are and the support services we offer, and the latest developments in the lives of VbDC athletes of note. You’ll quickly see how VbDC has become not only a good training programme, but a community of volleyball enthusiasts.

Enquiry Form

Would you like to learn more about Volleyball Development Camps programmes, or about one camp in particular? The form below can be used to send us an enquiry.

The form asks for a few general details, which help us be more accurate in our response to your enquiry. This information is kept only for the purpose of providing a reply. In keeping with new data protection regulations, it will not be shared with any outside organisation. It will be removed from our database after our initial contacts if you wish it to be removed.

Why do we ask for this information?

  • Very general personal details, such as age and gender, enable us to know who we are discussing.
  • If we know the athlete’s location and dates of availability, we will have an idea whether the athlete is likely to require a residential or language option, and for us to be prepared to help with transport and tutoring arrangements, if necessary.
  • Some questions we ask about the athlete’s playing history and club association enable us to make a better recommendation on the type of camp they will benefit most from attending.

Please take the time to fill out the form if you wish to learn more about VbDC activities. The data will be used only to help you make the right choice for the athlete on whose behalf you are enquiring.

ONLINE ENQUIRY FORM

ONLINE EQUIRY FORM

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Busy summer for Emerging Elite head coach

Clayton Lucas, who this year is head coach for the June Emerging Elite Camp, will be flying into the camp from China, where he will be covering the FIVB Volleyball Nations League games as a broadcaster. Before that he was in Brazil to cover the new series, which began 15 May, features 12 core teams and four challenger teams for each gender. The finals are in early July, with the women’s final in Nanjing, China, on 1 July and the men wrapping up their competition in Lille, France a week later.

Lucas will be fitting in his coaching between broadcast sessions in a busy 260-match series. We know he’ll be bringing some remarkable stories to share with campers. The question is, will he be able to get enough rest to recover before his next round of broadcasting? To help, he’s been loaned a VbDC staff member’s house a short distance from the gym so he can unwind from working on one of the most exciting recent developments in international volleyball.

Ohio university gives Losada first-year court time

Former VbDC camper Alejandro Losada, who hails from Ludo, Spain, near Santiago de Compostella, has been given more court time than usual for a freshman, as he wraps up his first year as a member of the Wittenberg University men’s varsity team in Springfield, Ohio.

Losada took part in 42 sets in 21 matches of the mens’ 25-game season, and put six services aces, two blocks and 16 points on his personal scoresheet. Most first-year athletes spend the majority of their introductory season on the bench while they learn the college’s playing style. The Tigers had 17 men on this year’s squad, and finished their season in the NCAA Division III North Coast Atlantic Conference with a 14-11 record.

Masters studies scholarship for Carey

Hannah Carey, former VbDC camper and coach, has stayed on in the US after completing her bachelor’s degree at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, where she played volleyball for four years under a full ride scholarship, and won All-American honours in her final year as an undergraduate.

Receipt of a degree normally concludes an athlete’s career at a US university, but Carey’s performance at the school was so impressive – she also took part in the first conference beach tournament in her final semester, and took fourth place – that the university offer her a fifth year under scholarship to study for her masters degree in sports management, as an assistant in the school’s successful volleyball program.

Grimson fourth at Commonwealth Games

Jess Grimson, who decided to devote her sports career to volleyball after attending a VbDC camp, reached the quarter finals of the beach volleyball competition at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with her partner Vicki Palmer.

Grimson attended one of the first VbDC camps as a teenager, when she was being courted by a US university to play football. Active in a variety of sports, Grimson had also taken a serious interest in volleyball and was undecided which of the two sports she wanted to focus on. Years later, as a guest speaker at a VbDC Elite Camp, she told her audience that her experience at the camp had been a factor in her decision to concentrate on the court game, which eventually led to her move to sand.

In a recent interview posted on the Volleyball England website, Grimson said one of the athletes who had inspired her to move into the sand game was Lucy Boulton, who has previously coached at a VbDC camp

Two coaches become match commentators

VbDC’s head coach for the 2018 Elite Camp, Luke Thomas, has teamed up with former England juniors coach Carol Gordon, who has also coached a VbDC camp, to become commentators for Volleyball England’s web streaming of games and tournaments. They made their debut in Kettering, Northamptonshire on the final day of the National Junior Championships, and feedback on their game analysis was sufficiently positive for them to be invited back to do further work in future streaming.

Luke Thomas

Their first effort at commentating was made technically smoother than the experience another team of anchors had on the previous day, after repairs were made to a breakdown in the audio link which had interrupted the new streaming service. But their ability to present as a team was due to work that began many years before: Gordon was Thomas’s coach when he was a member of the England Cadet squad from 2000 to 2002.

Welcome

Volleyball Development Camps ran its first event in 2005, a week-long day camp for two dozen local athletes ranging from beginners to teens who practiced with their parent’s club. Two years later there were more camps, for introducing the sport to first-timers, for adolescents who needed help learning to handle the volleyball, and for teen-agers who were beginning to play year round at higher levels.

Today there are seven levels of training in the VbDC curriculum, along with one-day workshops for positional players, programmes to help mature recreational players enjoy the game more, English language tuition for athletes from abroad, and outreach activities for schools and leisure centres. A VbDC event takes place every month. Young athletes aged 8 to 22 participate in training tailored to a particular level of ability. Aspects of the game covering players’ technical form and game tactics are introduced from early ages. Guest speakers discuss the game during lunch breaks, professional and national teams have joined the training sessions, and sports science specialists analyse individual performance. Many athletes return year after year and progress through the range of camps. Some have become friends in whom VbDC has taken an active involvement in helping them chart their sports future.

Activities have grown off court, too, with VbDC assisting athletes in their search for scholarships to US and Canadian universities, organizing courses for the qualification of game officials, and sponsoring local clubs. A sister company, Top Flight Volley, retails training equipment, balls, shoes, accessories and clothing.

But the founding guideline on which VbDC was founded has not changed over time: Assemble highly qualified coaches in the best facilities available and create a course of instruction that will help disciplined, dedicated volleyball athletes take their performance to a higher level.

Welcome to the VbDC website. Please explore it and read about our approach to volleyball training, how we structure our camps and when various programs are scheduled, who we are and the support services we offer, and the latest developments in the lives of VbDC athletes of note. You’ll quickly see how VbDC has become not only a good training programme, but a community of volleyball enthusiasts.

Enquiry Form

Would you like to learn more about Volleyball Development Camps programmes, or about one camp in particular? The form below can be used to send us an enquiry.

The form asks for a few general details, which help us be more accurate in our response to your enquiry. This information is kept only for the purpose of providing a reply. In keeping with new data protection regulations, it will not be shared with any outside organisation. It will be removed from our database after our initial contacts if you wish it to be removed.

Why do we ask for this information?

  • Very general personal details, such as age and gender, enable us to know who we are discussing.
  • If we know the athlete’s location and dates of availability, we will have an idea whether the athlete is likely to require a residential or language option, and for us to be prepared to help with transport and tutoring arrangements, if necessary.
  • Some questions we ask about the athlete’s playing history and club association enable us to make a better recommendation on the type of camp they will benefit most from attending.

Please take the time to fill out the form if you wish to learn more about VbDC activities. The data will be used only to help you make the right choice for the athlete on whose behalf you are enquiring.

ONLINE ENQUIRY FORM

ONLINE EQUIRY FORM

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Forthcoming Events

VbDC Network logo

Busy summer for Emerging Elite head coach

Clayton Lucas, who this year is head coach for the June Emerging Elite Camp, will be flying into the camp from China, where he will be covering the FIVB Volleyball Nations League games as a broadcaster. Before that he was in Brazil to cover the new series, which began 15 May, features 12 core teams and four challenger teams for each gender. The finals are in early July, with the women’s final in Nanjing, China, on 1 July and the men wrapping up their competition in Lille, France a week later.

Lucas will be fitting in his coaching between broadcast sessions in a busy 260-match series. We know he’ll be bringing some remarkable stories to share with campers. The question is, will he be able to get enough rest to recover before his next round of broadcasting? To help, he’s been loaned a VbDC staff member’s house a short distance from the gym so he can unwind from working on one of the most exciting recent developments in international volleyball.

Ohio university gives Losada first-year court time

Former VbDC camper Alejandro Losada, who hails from Ludo, Spain, near Santiago de Compostella, has been given more court time than usual for a freshman, as he wraps up his first year as a member of the Wittenberg University men’s varsity team in Springfield, Ohio.

Losada took part in 42 sets in 21 matches of the mens’ 25-game season, and put six services aces, two blocks and 16 points on his personal scoresheet. Most first-year athletes spend the majority of their introductory season on the bench while they learn the college’s playing style. The Tigers had 17 men on this year’s squad, and finished their season in the NCAA Division III North Coast Atlantic Conference with a 14-11 record.

Masters studies scholarship for Carey

Hannah Carey, former VbDC camper and coach, has stayed on in the US after completing her bachelor’s degree at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, where she played volleyball for four years under a full ride scholarship, and won All-American honours in her final year as an undergraduate.

Receipt of a degree normally concludes an athlete’s career at a US university, but Carey’s performance at the school was so impressive – she also took part in the first conference beach tournament in her final semester, and took fourth place – that the university offer her a fifth year under scholarship to study for her masters degree in sports management, as an assistant in the school’s successful volleyball program.

Grimson fourth at Commonwealth Games

Jess Grimson, who decided to devote her sports career to volleyball after attending a VbDC camp, reached the quarter finals of the beach volleyball competition at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with her partner Vicki Palmer.

Grimson attended one of the first VbDC camps as a teenager, when she was being courted by a US university to play football. Active in a variety of sports, Grimson had also taken a serious interest in volleyball and was undecided which of the two sports she wanted to focus on. Years later, as a guest speaker at a VbDC Elite Camp, she told her audience that her experience at the camp had been a factor in her decision to concentrate on the court game, which eventually led to her move to sand.

In a recent interview posted on the Volleyball England website, Grimson said one of the athletes who had inspired her to move into the sand game was Lucy Boulton, who has previously coached at a VbDC camp

Two coaches become match commentators

VbDC’s head coach for the 2018 Elite Camp, Luke Thomas, has teamed up with former England juniors coach Carol Gordon, who has also coached a VbDC camp, to become commentators for Volleyball England’s web streaming of games and tournaments. They made their debut in Kettering, Northamptonshire on the final day of the National Junior Championships, and feedback on their game analysis was sufficiently positive for them to be invited back to do further work in future streaming.

Luke Thomas

Their first effort at commentating was made technically smoother than the experience another team of anchors had on the previous day, after repairs were made to a breakdown in the audio link which had interrupted the new streaming service. But their ability to present as a team was due to work that began many years before: Gordon was Thomas’s coach when he was a member of the England Cadet squad from 2000 to 2002.

Forthcoming Events

VbDC Network logo

Busy summer for Emerging Elite head coach

Clayton Lucas, who this year is head coach for the June Emerging Elite Camp, will be flying into the camp from China, where he will be covering the FIVB Volleyball Nations League games as a broadcaster. Before that he was in Brazil to cover the new series, which began 15 May, features 12 core teams and four challenger teams for each gender. The finals are in early July, with the women’s final in Nanjing, China, on 1 July and the men wrapping up their competition in Lille, France a week later.

Lucas will be fitting in his coaching between broadcast sessions in a busy 260-match series. We know he’ll be bringing some remarkable stories to share with campers. The question is, will he be able to get enough rest to recover before his next round of broadcasting? To help, he’s been loaned a VbDC staff member’s house a short distance from the gym so he can unwind from working on one of the most exciting recent developments in international volleyball.

Ohio university gives Losada first-year court time

Former VbDC camper Alejandro Losada, who hails from Ludo, Spain, near Santiago de Compostella, has been given more court time than usual for a freshman, as he wraps up his first year as a member of the Wittenberg University men’s varsity team in Springfield, Ohio.

Losada took part in 42 sets in 21 matches of the mens’ 25-game season, and put six services aces, two blocks and 16 points on his personal scoresheet. Most first-year athletes spend the majority of their introductory season on the bench while they learn the college’s playing style. The Tigers had 17 men on this year’s squad, and finished their season in the NCAA Division III North Coast Atlantic Conference with a 14-11 record.

Masters studies scholarship for Carey

Hannah Carey, former VbDC camper and coach, has stayed on in the US after completing her bachelor’s degree at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, where she played volleyball for four years under a full ride scholarship, and won All-American honours in her final year as an undergraduate.

Receipt of a degree normally concludes an athlete’s career at a US university, but Carey’s performance at the school was so impressive – she also took part in the first conference beach tournament in her final semester, and took fourth place – that the university offer her a fifth year under scholarship to study for her masters degree in sports management, as an assistant in the school’s successful volleyball program.

Grimson fourth at Commonwealth Games

Jess Grimson, who decided to devote her sports career to volleyball after attending a VbDC camp, reached the quarter finals of the beach volleyball competition at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with her partner Vicki Palmer.

Grimson attended one of the first VbDC camps as a teenager, when she was being courted by a US university to play football. Active in a variety of sports, Grimson had also taken a serious interest in volleyball and was undecided which of the two sports she wanted to focus on. Years later, as a guest speaker at a VbDC Elite Camp, she told her audience that her experience at the camp had been a factor in her decision to concentrate on the court game, which eventually led to her move to sand.

In a recent interview posted on the Volleyball England website, Grimson said one of the athletes who had inspired her to move into the sand game was Lucy Boulton, who has previously coached at a VbDC camp

Two coaches become match commentators

VbDC’s head coach for the 2018 Elite Camp, Luke Thomas, has teamed up with former England juniors coach Carol Gordon, who has also coached a VbDC camp, to become commentators for Volleyball England’s web streaming of games and tournaments. They made their debut in Kettering, Northamptonshire on the final day of the National Junior Championships, and feedback on their game analysis was sufficiently positive for them to be invited back to do further work in future streaming.

Luke Thomas

Their first effort at commentating was made technically smoother than the experience another team of anchors had on the previous day, after repairs were made to a breakdown in the audio link which had interrupted the new streaming service. But their ability to present as a team was due to work that began many years before: Gordon was Thomas’s coach when he was a member of the England Cadet squad from 2000 to 2002.

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