Junior volleyball has received a boost thanks to continued sponsorship of the 3 Touch Volleyball Club by Butterfield Bank.
3 Touch Volleyball, a re-branded version of the game, has become the new driving force behind youth participation in the sport and, in conjunction with the Guernsey Sports Commission, the Guernsey Volleyball Association (GVA), a series of sessions have been run for primary and senior students in a number of the island’s schools.
The club enables young people between the ages of 8 and 16 to learn volleyball skills and practice drills and improving their teamwork.
Guernsey has over 200 registered volleyball players participating in four divisions comprising of mixed, ladies and men’s teams. Local players have the opportunity to participate in club training, mixed tournaments, an open tournament, Inter Insular annual clashes, off- island tours and the Island games.
Development officer Richard Skipper said: “The GVA has been working on improving the opportunities for young players in the sport, creating a youth development programme to help sustain and grow the sport in quantity and quality.”
“The 3 Touch Club is part of this development. It’s about belonging and we want to encourage the children to start in primary school. This club, under the guidance of Jen Lindfield and her team, fulfils that vision.
“With the invaluable assistance of Butterfield Bank, the 3 touch club’s Friday evening sessions have seen an increase in numbers and the enthusiastic youngsters, some as young as eight years old, are coached in the basics of the game in action packed weekly sessions.
“Many of our youngsters have gone on to represent Guernsey in the Under 17 inter insular competition including last season’s Butterfield junior players of the season, Callum Hockey and Laura Eggo,” said Mr Skipper.
John Robinson, Butterfield Managing Director, said: “It’s really encouraging to see the volleyball club’s commitment to developing their sport, which is leading to many young people being able to experience volleyball, a sport they might not have had the opportunity to play before.”
The club takes place on Friday evenings at Beau Sejour between 6 and 7pm. New players are always welcome. Just turn up dressed in sportswear, bring along a drink and bags of enthusiasm, plus £2.50.
Further details of Volleyball activities can be found on the association’s website www.volleyballguernsey.com or e-mail email@example.com.