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London Volleyball : Lambeth builds on Waltham Forest
Posted by Media Team on 2019/5/29 14:10:00 (117 reads)

Junior development
Five primary schools to taste volleyball
Open in new windowIt's not yet boom but it is encouraging to report significant interest in the introduction of volleyball to activities in London's primary schools in addition to the local interest in Leyton after the successful staging of the CEV (Confédération Européenne de Volley-ball) in the district.


Cisel Ormanci tells us that five schools on the other side of the Thames in Lambeth have approached Little Giants Volleyball Club and asked it to run taster sessions for them during June. The schools are Macaulay Primary School, Jessops Primary School, Glenbrook Primary School, St Stephen CoE Primary School and Wyvil Primary School, each taking an hour once a week

The coach will be Orhan Colak, one of Little Giants' level 2 coaches. He has coached Giants women's second team during the season just ended and the team won their division in its first year. He also coaches London boys under fifteen squad which won regional championships gold last weekend (25-26th May) in Leicester. He also gives up his Saturday and Sunday mornings to coach Little Giants' youngest players.

Cisel plans for the club to run a mini tournament between all these schools at the end of the month in the company of the Mayor of Lambeth who has kindly accepted its invitation to visit her kids. The date is still to be fixed.

Cisel anticipates this endeavour will build into larger numbers being involved in our sport and London's Junior Development officer, Elsa Meserlian encourages other clubs to be just as enterprising in their area to bring more youngsters into volleyball.

Lots of young volleyball players leave London at the age of eighteen to go to university and their coaches are always sad to see them go but, as I witnessed at the CEV Continental Cup tournament, it brings joy to them when, years later, a leading player greets them, "You introduced me to volleyball!"

Of course, all coaches can share that joy. Planning to start in their local primary schools in the autumn would be a good start. Join Leyton and Lambeth, join Richmond and Willesden. Join other creative boroughs. Perhaps still not boom, but a real move towards take-off.

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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