A new way to learn about Volleyball Development Camps programmes has been introduced.
Called Open Court, it is an invitation to attend a regularly scheduled video conference at which VbDC representatives can answer questions about the camps, seminars and workshops, where people thinking about attending can meet former campers, and where ideas for new programmes or additions to current ones can be shared.
Open Courts will be scheduled for different days of the week and at differing times, so people from time zones around the globe can participate. The dates of forthcoming Open Courts will be announced on the VbDC website. Click HERE for an invitation to an Open Court session; or you can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first series will run until mid-summer 2024. After that they will take place with lower frequency until the start of the winter 2024-25 when they will again start a fortnightly or weekly schedule.
How does a summer volleyball camp sound where you train with other volleyball players from around the world, receive five days of top quality coaching and stay in one of England’s oldest universities.
Oh, and how about staying for a few extra days to be part of our innovative and immersive English Language programme.
Don’t for a moment think that this is a typical Summer Language School with days spent in the class room – oh no !! Students will be out and about putting their language skills into practice in a variety of locations and situations. For example if the group is heading into London to visit a museum, the tutor will expect the students to look up the opening times and plan the train and underground journey as well as navigating their way there.
On the way to and from London (just over 40 minutes on the train) the group may pick up a newspaper and with prompts from the tutors discuss one of the stories.
Over the weekend our language campers will be joined by our week long residential campers at Royal Holloway university where they will enjoy dinner getting to know each other ahead of a week of hard training. Various evening activities are organised for both groups which could include a cinema trip, an evening bowling or scrimmage matches against local clubs.
Residential options are currently available for the Emerging Elite and Elite Camps
Of course we always welcome day campers who will travel to the venue each day for training.
We are already well advanced with our planning for our 2024 camps and we will open booking shortly with some great Early Bird discounts. Our plans are for <==> Easter All Skillz and GCSE Camp – 2nd to 4th April <=> Emerging Elite Camp – End of June <=> Elite Camp – Early August<=> Pre-Season Boot Camp – Mid August <==> Residential options will be available for the camps at the end of June and July. Other camps are also being planned such as our successful Northern Lights Camps as well as another SHARE THE PASSION session. Keeps and eye on the website and social media for further details or send us an email.
The Volleyball England 2023-24 season is shaping up to be a bumper one for teams across the country. The National Voleyball League (NVL) sees additional divisions added to the third and fourth tiers of competition for both men and women with over 150 teams.
For juniors there are numerous competitions for all levels of play that are ideal for new or inexperienced teams whilst also creating competitive playing opportunities for the country’s most talented junior athletes. This has come about from moving from knock-out cup style competitions that could see teams play just one match, into two tiers of Grand Prix-style events that will match teams against similar-level opposition throughout the season.
Extra rounds of matches have been added, providing even more playing opportunities at U14, U15, U16 and U18 levels.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is the organisation that represents the profession of volleyball coaching in America and their annual convention brings together thousands of coaches from across the world in December every year.
This year it is being held in Tampa, Florida – a welcome change from the usual frozen locations. Another first at this years convention is that there will be a session presented by a British coach. Simon Loftus the England men’s coach, and Head Coach at our Emerging Elite Camp will be presenting a session titled “Mental Health and Wellbeing in Coaches”
On August 30, 2023, the University of Nebraska women’s volleyball team set a new world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska with a crowd of 92,003. The previous record was set in April 2022, when 91,648 fans in Barcelona, Spain, gathered to witness a UEFA Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Wolfsburg at Camp Nou.
There have been some spectacular staging for volleyball matches. Horse Guards Parade in London for the Beach Volleyball at the 2012 Olympics, Italy opening this years Women’s Euro Volley tournament in an outdoor amphitheatre in Verona but in terms of scale this tops the lot. The news coverage around the world has certainly grabbed attention for women’s sport in general and volleyball in particular.
VbDC is hosting at a “Northern Lights Camp at Sport Central in Newcastleupon Tyne over the weekend of 12th & 13th August.
VbDC is committed to the long-term development of local and regional volleyball, and as a result, aims to facilitate growth of the performance and participation aspects of the sport by bringing local players and coaches into contact with other coaches from across the UK.
There are discount packages to allow parents to affordably send multiple athletes, and the Northern Lights programme will prioritise those who live and play in the North-East. Parents are welcome to observe sessions from the seating above the courts, and VbDC representatives will be in attendance to answer any questions that may arise.
We understand that age and gender in volleyball comes with varying challenges such as different net heights and changing priorities in skills. Because of this, two courts have been booked for the Emerging Elite camp to allow for children to be grouped in a way that provides them the most benefit for their level of skill. Volleyball Development Camps always aims to provide a coach-to-player ratio of approximately 1:6, particularly in camps that focus on the more complex aspects of the sport.
Sport Central, Northumberland Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
Sport Central is only a 20 minute walk away from Newcastle Central Station and there are multiple car parks on or near the sitesite
New in 2023 – 12 day language and volleyball camp…
VbDC has changed its programme to bring qualified tutors into the gym or to accompany athletes on social and cultural outings; if desired, they can also work in a private setting on one-to-one language tutoring at the athlete’s dormitory before or after training hours.
Building conversational skills in surroundings in which English is the lingua franca for all athletes, coaches, chaperones, dormitory and restaurant staff, sports performance analysts, guest speakers, street vendors and service providers is known as “immersive” tutoring. It enables the athlete who seeks to improve his or her English language skills while playing their favourite sport.
Students will receive:
* Access to a registered language tutor for 12 days.
* Group sessions with the tutor, as well as language support on arranged outings and activities and at volleyball training sessions.
* English language course materials.