We try to plan the activities around the wishes of the participants, and on current events (every four years we get requests from the athletes to have an evening watching the World Cup as a group !)
There are several activities that have proved so popular they are offered at each residential camp. An example would be the trip to Windsor Castle which takes place the first day and enables participants to get to know each other. There is usually an icebreaker evening early in the week in which the participants go 10 pin bowling or to a similar activity so they can get their mind off the training of the first day and relax while getting to know their colleagues better before getting ready for a more rigorous training session on the second day. At some point during the week there will be a cultural outing such as a trip to the theatre, the cinema, or a museum. Another evening might involve a trip to a local activity such as an outing to a local pub where the participants might see traditional British entertainment, and at least one night will involve a return to the training facility for friendly competition with local volleyball clubs.
However, it is not unusual at all for the participants to be so tired from the training that they request a night to get to bed early – a request we are happy to oblige.
Mornings are normally relaxed, with breakfast starting at about 8 a.m., and an opportunity for participants to socialise, read, write, or call home before heading to the gym.starting at about 8 a.m., and and an opportunity for participants to to socialise, read, write, or call home before heading to the gym.