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All of our camps comply with strict COVID guidelines.

In the event that the government “Road map” to easing of restrictions is delayed our camps will be rescheduled as necessary.

  • Summer series of Camps

    Summer series of Camps This summer we welcome everyone back to our full range of camps where we will of course be following our well established COVID precautions. Emerging Elite Camp CHANGED TO - 2nd to 6th August Elite Camp 2nd to 6th August First Stepz / Next Stepz Camp 16th to 17th August Pre-Season Boot Camp 16th to 20th August Pathways Camp 18th to 20th August Further details of each camp can [...]

  • Return-Refresh-Review Camp

    Return - Refresh - Review Camp Aimed at Intermediate level players who have some playing experience, RETURN – REFRESH – REVIEW will develop and fine tune basic individual ball-handling skills, then move on to applying those skills in game-like drills and matches, and finish with a review of the next steps each player needs to take to be match-ready for the start of the season. You will get the most out of this [...]

  • Battle Grounds Camp

    The concept behind these camps is that volleyball matches are won and lost in a series key battles on the court such as attack versus defence and service against reception. Athletes attending the camps will be armed with the weapons necessary to gain the upper hand in these battles. Our coaches will be covering areas such as: – Serving to get the opposition out of system. Passing all types of service Attacking with range [...]

Camps

Emerging Elite Camp – CHANGE OF DATE

August 2 @ 10:00 am - August 6 @ 3:00 pm

Team-based performance training for 16 to 18 year olds with open-ended drills simulating game situations.  Designed for athletes committed to year round participation in volleyball through clubs that compete in county, regional, or national competition, or who intend to eventually try for a place on their national squads.  Highly disciplined and physically demanding, this 5-day camp  begins to prepare the athlete for true elite-level training.

Elite Camp

August 2 @ 10:00 am - August 6 @ 4:00 pm

Serious training for serious volleyball athletes who have already entered the elite level of the game.  The training touches on the finer points of technical form, but the main emphasis is on teamwork, tactics, pre- and post-game preparation and care, stamina and mental concentration.  This camp is for athletes aged 16 to 22 years old who compete in national league teams, for universities, for national squads, or who have been invited to train with their national squad.

Pre-Season Boot Camp

August 16 @ 1:00 pm - August 20 @ 5:00 pm

An intense 5-day camp for players aged between 15 to 18 years old who who want to "hit the ground running" for the coming season and are serious about their pre-season preparation, whether for a national, regional or county league, or a school varsity-level team.  The camp will ensure that all the fundamental skills are in place while refining techniques prior to the commencement of formal club training.

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Emerging Elite is for committed volleyball players aged 14 to 17. The week-long camp will concentrate on a team-based, game simulation curriculum.

Emerging Elite is led by one of our experienced coaches and  takes place in West Surrey’s best volleyball facility and features a coach-to-player ratio of approximately 1:6; all coaches are either experienced at national team or national league level, or participate in US university volleyball or national league clubs. The camp is international and will include residential players from other countries, many of whom attend to take the English language tuition that is available as an option.

For the elite athlete, the camp concentrates on specific skills for each position, game preparation, and tactical awareness. It is for players who have several years’ experience in competitive play and who want to refine their skills and tactical awareness in order to play at club or university level.

The week long camp will test the athlete in a high intensity training environment under the watchful eyes of our coaches

Pathways is the VbDC program for 10-to 14-year-olds who have some limited experience of volleyball, either as a recreational game or their first years of competitive play.


 The curriculum is designed for those who have decided they want to make volleyball one of their regular athletic activities and who are prepared to commit to long- term training.

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About us

Deb Pickens – VbDC Finance Director

Deb has been a volleyball player all her life, although in her high school years in Lamoni, Iowa and Blue Springs, Missouri, basketball competed for her sports attention, too. When she was offered a place on the Graceland University volleyball team, that became her main sport. After two years there she transferred to the University of Missouri, and played on the pre-Title IX varsity squad – when the team travelled to away games by bus and made their own uniforms.

She graduated with a degree in education, and started her career as a coach in the rural Grain Valley, Missouri schools, taking the high school team to the state playoffs in her second year there. She was soon recruited by an international school in England, and in 1980 she and husband Bob left Missouri to start a new life abroad.

Deb spent her first two decades building up the school’s varsity program, as well as raising two sons who played volleyball at a high level – one of whom managed to pay for most of his university degree with a sports scholarship and has, himself become a leading club and school volleyball coach in St Louis, Missouri. In recent years she has set up a “seamless” volleyball program at her school that enables youngsters to enter the sport at age 8, and work their way through to the varsity level by progressing through a series of linked interscholastic and club activities. The school’s club permits students, faculty, members, parents and alumni to all play in local leagues and tournaments.

Deb’s main responsibilities at VbDC involve sales and logistics, coaching, and managing the VbDC finances. She is also leading the effort to introduce a sports scholarship search service which is currently being piloted, and will be offered to the public in 2014.

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John Biddiscombe – VbDC Technical Director

Like many people in the UK for John the exposure to volleyball in school was limited to only a few PE lessons. Badminton and squash were the main sports that he played, but in 1986 the desire to take part in a team sport saw him sign up for an adult education course in volleyball.

Fortunately within weeks of the course finishing a new club was just starting up in Guildford and he quickly signed up as a member. The club grew quickly and John volunteered as a committee member serving in several roles eventually becoming club chair person.

Starting in 2000 Guildford hosted several events for Volleyball England such as European Championship matches and Cup Finals which John was instrumental in successfully managing. Continuing his work with Volleyball England he served as Marketing Director on their board for 2 years.

John is active in local volleyball with roles on the committee of both the Surrey and South East region associations. He has played for Guildford in the National League, is a qualified referee and coach, having coached Guildford womens team in the National League.

He was active at the London 2012 Olympics as part of the team providing statistics for the indoor tournament at Earls Court, the highlight being to “stat” the Womens final between Brazil and USA.

John’s main duties with VbDC are as a coach, with a special interest in technology having had a series of articles published in 3-Touch magazine and also helping with the logistics of running the camps and managing the VbDC website.

Bob Pickens – VbDC Marketing Director

Bob had only had a passing awareness of volleyball as he grew up in Mississippi, but while attending the University of Missouri a chance meeting in a car park introduced him to a player on the Mizzou varsity women’s team who agreed to a date, showed him the game and eventually became his wife. After graduation Bob and Deb played in local leagues in the Kansas City area, and in 1980 he took a leave of absence from his job as a newspaper reporter and followed his new wife to Britain when she was offered a job as a volleyball coach at an international school. Soon after he was asked to edit a newspaper, and he and Deb have lived in England ever since.

During that time he has helped form a club in Farnham, Surrey, where they live, raised two sons in a volleyball-minded household who went on to play for the England juniors and England national league teams, and became involved in local leagues. One of his first activities was to join the Farnborough Volleyball Club, a small group of players in a work-based club at the Defense Establishment Research Association, and as the club’s chairman created a plan to take the club into the community, tripling its membership and establishing it as the major volleyball club in north Hampshire. He also became qualified to referee national league matches and obtained his coaching certificate.

Bob works with the South East Volleyball Association’s regional youth development programme by coaching beginning boys’ teams, and has chaired the Surrey Volleyball Association for two years, concentrating on efforts to revitalise the SVA’s infrastructure, bring new area clubs into its competitive schedule, and introduce a plan for junior development in the county.

Bob’s main duties at VbDC involve working on external communications and marketing, and providing logistical support for the growing number of camps, and helping as an assistant coach.

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CoronaVirus Update

In line with almost all sports in every country in the world, Volleyball Development Camps have suspended all training and match activity.

Volleyball Development Camps is committed to follow UK Government and World Health Organisation guidelines on the coronavirus and of course the well being of our athletes, coaches and their famalies is the most important thing to us. Likewise, we are committed to our sport, and to continue providing opportunities for volleyball enthusiasts to participate in the game to the best of their ability.

VbDC will carry on with preparations for scheduled training programs. With circumstances changing daily, we are also making adjustments to our calendar as the situation evolves. Our intention is to resume a sustained schedule of training sessions as soon as guidelines permit.

While we may not be able to play the game we love for a while we will certainly be active in other areas which we will share with you both here and on our Facebook page in the coming days and weeks.

VbDC miss out on semi finals

The Under 15 girls narrowly missed out on qualifying for the semi finals of the Volleyball England Under 15 National Championships. The team have visibly improved through each match, rapidly gaining in confidence as they progressed.

U15 Tournament Results
1st Boswells
2nd Newcastle Staffs
3rd VbDC
4th Ashcombe Dorking

Dates for 2020

We are all looking forward to an exciting 2020 with some great new projects and events which are in the development pipeline.

For now though booking for our first set of camps is now open (more will follow shortly) offering some great Early Bird discounts.

  • Easter All Skills Camp – 14th – 17th April 2020 – ACS Cobham
  • Emerging Elite Camp – 29th June – 3rd July 2020 – ACS Egham with accomodation at Royal Holloway University
  • Emerging Elite Camp – 3rd – 7th August 2020 – ACS Egham with accomodation at Royal Holloway University
  • Elite Camp – 10th – 14th August 2020 – ACS Cobham
  • Pre-Season Boot Camp – 17th – 21st August 2020 – ACS Cobham

Yes there are two Emerging Elite camps this year, we have added a second one in the main UK school holidays. Both are at ACS Egham and offer residential options at the nearby Royal Holloway University in the spectacular Founders Halls.

Launching our first camp for adults

It’s not about winning at volleyball… it’s about enjoying the game

You don’t have to be an elite athlete to enjoy volleyball, but you will get more pleasure from it at any level if you follow

EIGHT SIMPLE RULES

By popular demand, Volleyball Development Camps is offering a two-day workshop for adult recreational volleyball players who want to start the coming season with improved confidence in their skills, and a better understanding of the teamwork required to play a satisfying game. We call it Eight Simple Rules, or 8SR.

The new 8SR workshop takes place at the ACS Cobham International School Sports Arena on Saturday 21 September and Sunday, 22 September. The workshop begins at 10 am and concludes at 4 pm both days. Deadline for registration is 20 September.

Have you recently started playing volleyball? If so, ask yourself these three questions:

• Would you like to step your game up to the a higher level?
• Is being more satisfied with your on-court performance a personal goal?
• Would a better grasp of the fundamental tactics for an effective game help you improve?

8SR is not a team developmental camp, nor is it coaching individual ball-handling skills, although we’ll provide advice on those if you want it. 8SR is a 10-hour session of informal instruction geared toward adults. It follows eight points identified by VbDC Director of Curriculum John Biddiscombe which, if followed, can quickly help a recreational player find a greater degree of personal satisfaction from their game.

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Latest News

Time for a news update as there are so many exciting things happening for our former campers, mentors and coaches.

  • Ben Lucas won his first England senior cap against Scotland at the beginning of June, successfully making the often difficult step up to the senior squad.
  • Alice Brand and Carla Hulme paired up as one of the two England teams competing in the MEVZA (Middle European Volleyball Zonal Association) U20 Beach Volleyball Youth Cup along with another camper, Leah Blight in the other team for the competition in Slovenia.
  • Coach Will McDonald had a busy weekend of coaching with Richmond at the National Finals in Kettering where they were represented in every age group and along with several campers, winning 2 out of the 3 girls finals.
  • Another of our coaches, Rachel Hynes, managed the difficult role of Player/Coach to steer Dartford ladies to the South East Region championship.
  • Hannah Carey, a great friend of VbDC who has now settled the USA, battled back from an injury to compete at the USA Volleyball Nationals Women’s A division in Columbus Ohio and come a very credible 31st place, considering there were 482 teams.
  • One face that we sadly probably won’t be seeing this summer, but who’s voice we hopefully will be hearing a lot of is Clayton Lucas as he is busy providing, seemingly non-stop, english language commentary for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL).
  • Finally Ailsa McDonald who started as a camper, progressed to become a mentor and then a coach, currently working towards her level 2 qualification and culminating her time at the University of East London (UEL) was recently awarded the Service to Sports Award, no doubt taking into consideration the work she does with GB Sitting volleyball. Incidentally Ailsa’s multi talents also stretch to filming and producing the videos on this site.
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