There are two teams of six players separated by a net, aiming to score more points than the other by hitting the ball on to the court of the opposing side.
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Why should you watch this
Volleyball has more than 800 million players worldwide leading to claims that it is one of the most popular sport in the world.
As a real team sport with intense and gripping rallies, volleyball is full of tactical complexities which give players and spectators alike a unique experience.
It is fast, high energy and an exciting game to watch and play.
Did you know…?
- The longest ever recorded match was more than 75 hours
- Players jump around 300 times per match
- The first Olympic medals for volleyball were won in 1964 by The Soviet Union (men) and Japan (women)
- The eye of a giant squid’s eye is the same size as a volleyball
- The fastest serve recorded was 132kmh, that’s more than 80mph
- In April 2015 GB Olympian Ciara Michel became the first British player to play in a CEV Champions League Final playing for Unendo Yamamay BUSTO ARSIZIO (from Italy).
- The current World Champions are Poland (men) and USA (women).
- For the London 2012 Olympic volleyball competition, Great Britain entered teams into both disciplines as well as sitting volleyball at the London 2012 Paralympics. The only other time that Great Britain had been represented at the Olympics, was in the women’s beach volleyball competition when Audrey Cooper and Mo Glover competed at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
How it Works
The age groups which have been picked enable the training squads to sit just below the junior national teams and are in line with the CEV age competitions.
The volleyball competitors are selected through the regional/national talent development programmes in each of the home nations, which culminate in a selection event where athletes play for the right to compete at the Level 4 School Games. Players are identified to join the regional/national talent development programmes after impressing in Level 3 School Games competitions or playing for their school or club in the national junior championships run in each home nation.
Teams (boys and girls) representing England Cadet, England Junior, Northern Ireland, Scotland East, Scotland West and Wales then compete for the title of School Games Champions.
To see the 2016 selection policy please click here.
Designated Athlete Mentor – Ben Pipes. Please click here for more information.