Volleyball – UK School Games 2017
Volleyball Wales U16 Girls
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The Volleyball Wales U16 Girls team are determined to improve on their first ever 5th place at the UK School Games in 2016. 19 girls, aged 12 to 16, are currently part of the development squad and are training hard to be selected as the final 12 participating in the UK School Games in Loughborough in September.
The UK School Games is a four-day multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age. The event seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting that not only provides our elite young sports people with the opportunity to thrive and perform at the highest levels, but encourages more young people to take part and succeed in sport. Athletes compete in Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Hockey, Judo, Rugby 7’s, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis and, new this year, cricket.
In Volleyball, the girls will compete against Northern Ireland, Scotland East, Scotland West, England Juniors and England Cadets. It is a great opportunity for them to represent their country in a sport they love. They are determined to perform at a better level than last year (90% of the squad competed at the 2016 UK School Games) and put everything they have into their training.
Volleyball is a very small sport in Wales and not very well known. As such, funding from Sport Wales is very limited and the squad has to undertake a lot of fundraising activity to be able to support the amount of training they and all of their volunteer coaches are prepared to do as well as paying £275 each to participating in the UK School Games. So far, the squad has done 2 bag packing activities and 2 car boot sales in order to raise money.
On top of regular training in and around Cardiff during the months of May/June/July, the squad will also have a one-week training camp in Germany at the former club of their head coach. Having free access to 3 volleyball courts 24/7 for the duration of the camp is something we cannot afford in the UK. The camp is a great way to work on team building, learning to get along with each other and most of all, work on a lot of volleyball specific skills. All players are paying for this experience but we need to raise some additional money to support this trip.
We are hoping that you can help support a fantastic Welsh girls squad. Whatever you can spare, we will be very grateful.
Have a look at the Youtube video showing the girls first win in 2016 against Northern Ireland.
2016 UK School Games in Loughborough
For the first time, the girls U16 team placed 5th in the competition, beating Northern Ireland twice.