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Never Give Up

Never Give Up2024-02-11T20:37:47+00:00

2024 New Year Inspiration

2024 New Year Inspiration2024-02-11T20:44:35+00:00

2024 Planning

Aready planning for 2024 …

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.

2024 Planning2024-02-14T20:43:24+00:00

2023-24 Season

Bigger and Better …

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.

2023-24 Season2023-09-08T16:22:05+00:00

Presenting at the AVCA Convention

A familiar face from British volleyball …

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”

Presenting at the AVCA Convention2023-09-08T08:16:09+00:00

A World Record

Volleyball leads the way …

They simply called it VOLLEYBALL DAY !!

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.

A World Record2023-09-06T20:32:31+00:00

Northern Lights 2023

Introducing the Northern Lights camps …

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

Northern Lights 20232023-07-22T21:49:43+00:00

2023 Language Camp

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.

2023 Language Camp2023-03-01T17:50:56+00:00

Summer Travel 2023

There is a FEAST of top level volleyball in Europe this summer….

Watching the best players up close you really get to apprecate the speed, power and skill of the game and luckily for us there are plenty of opportunities in the coming months.

The top senior and junior teams in England will battle it out in Kettering at the end of April. Through May and June the top international teams will be taking part in the Volleyball Nations League (VNL), for many of them it will be a vital step in preparing for next summers Olympics in Paris.

Starting in August and running through into September will be the mens and womens European championships.

Summer Travel 20232023-04-14T18:54:49+00:00

GCSE Skillz Camp

GCSE Skillz Camp

Volleyball is now one of the sports that a student can choose for the Physical Education GCSE  course with the practical performance exam element amounting to 10 percent of the overall grade.

The practical can be done remotely with the student’s performance assessed from a video recording. Now, for the first time, students have the opportunity to attend our Skillz camp and also record the practical training and match play element for their GCSE.

Numbers are limited at this camp so that the coaches will have time to give individual attention to each participant, having successfully run the second of these camps over the Easter holidays we will be planning future dates, please contact us if you are interested in this camp.

GCSE Skillz Camp2023-04-14T19:02:14+00:00
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