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London Volleyball : Bello family and Richmond honoured
Posted by Media Team on 2019/7/29 16:40:00 (171 reads)

Volleyball England Annual Awards
Two honours for South West London
In a ceremony held in conjunction with its Annual General Meeting and other meetings on Saturday (27th July) two special awards, the annual "Club of the Year" award went to Richmond and the infrequently awarded Peter Wardale Memorial Trophy went to the club's Bello family.

Being presented with the award, Richmond Volleyball Club was described as a model of how to develop a high-performing club, on and off court. With over 300 members, it has fostered a culture of excellence and inclusivity. The club competes at the highest level, while maintaining grassroots volleyball for everyone, regardless of their ability, age or gender.

The meeting was told that the club has teams in the NVL, has fostered partnerships with local community, displays excellent club governance and has been a real beacon of junior development. In the last twelve months, Richmond won four trophies and one runners up out of the six junior national championships and seventeen Richmond players have been part of the England National Talent Pathway.. It is a superb example of how to build a highly successful and welcoming volleyball environment.

The Peter Wardale Memorial Trophy is awarded to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of volleyball and this year the Board decided that there was not just one person deserving of this huge honour, but a family. Luis, Barbara, Javier, Joaquin and Enrique Bello are a fantastic example of a family that are completed devoted to the sport.

Luis is one of the finest coaches in the country and as well as nurturing talent at Richmond Volleyball Club, also is a key figure in the National Talent Pathway and Junior Beach Programmes. Javier, Joaquin and Enrique have all been top performers on court, representing England indoor and on the beach.

Javier and Joaquin have blazed a trail on the beach, winning gold at the Youth Commonwealth Games and recording a brilliant 5th place in the Youth Olympic Games. They continue to do so much to put English beach volleyball on the map.

Barbara, their mother, is vital in the running of Team Bello. From helping to organise her family in all their volleyball activities, she is also a huge presence in the running of Richmond Volleyball Club and a big contributing factor to them becoming Club of the Year. She is also a great help to the HUB staff when it comes to organising the National teams.

The family do so much to help promote the sport too, whether that is doing interviews, attending events or supporting campaigns. The Bello family are hugely respected in the volleyball community and have made a fantastic contribution and were worthy recipients on this prestigious award.

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

Source, Volleyball England

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