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Men's Div. 2 A : Enjoying Gaol
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2017/4/24 19:00:51 (140 reads)

Possible opposition for 2017/18 (Men’s D2 A or B - London Volleyball League)
HMP Wormwood Scrubs asks to return
The Association has received a request from H M Prison Wormwood Scrubs to play in our division next season. The team has participated in the league in the past, playing as Tunnel Diggers and older members will remember enjoying friendly and sporting games in their excellent sports hall as well as the hassles and anxieties of getting through security. One thing becomes clear from the experience; it must be easier to get out of jail than to get in.

However, the team's participation does cause several problems which can only be solved by allowing certain dispensation under the rules and we don’t feel able to renew their position in the league without other teams' consent so the LVA is asking current men's division two teams what they think. Do expect some discussion within your club as a result.

There will probably be some chat because a home fixture will need to be played at the prison as well as the away. Your club will therefore have the venue free of charge for one evening – although still responsible for obtaining and paying match officials. The court is a pretty good one although access to it very different from most!

Security presents several problems. For the team secretary this means providing a list of players and other visitors at least a week in advance of the fixture. Players will need to commit early ahead of these games. Attendance has to be prompt. The entire party: players, spectators, match officials, divisional administrator (on occasion) and the like must all pass through security at the same time.

The gate staff are strict with identification and rightly so. Each person must present a passport or other official photo-identification at entry. In contrast the PE staff are friendly. Visitors will need to consider their valuables. They are probably best left at home and mobile phones have to be deposited at reception for the duration of the visit after - for many players - having a picture taken of themselves entering the gate just before going in.

There can be one other inconvenience, even in some cases, an insurmountable problem. Junior players, those under 16, are not allowed into prison as a visitor in our circumstances.

As a sport, we need to bear this in mind as we discuss how we develop our competitive structures. It would be most helpful to have constructive comments or questions posted here, whether you are a division two player or play elsewhere. The link is below, right:

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