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London Volleyball : Junior Giants widen horizon
Posted by Media Team on 2019/9/23 11:00:00 (119 reads)

London junior development
Clapham, Brixton and Wandsworth bases
After last season's success, Little Giants are running junior after school groups across Clapham, Brixton and Wandsworth during the season just starting. The club is delighted to tell everyone it has introduced additional sessions at Brixton Leisure Centre this week. The first sessions with juniors and adult groups were deemed, "What a success!"

Open in new windowOpen in new windowSchools are back and so are Little Giants' junior volleyball groups in South West London, now bigger than ever. Starting the week beginning 16th September, players of all abilities aged 7 to 17 were welcomed and began with another indoor season or trying out the sport for the first time.

“Last season when we ran the junior programme for the first time, it was great to see so many children get active after school and the smiles on their faces,” Cisel Ormanci, Little Giants' Chairwoman, explaining the thinking behind the programme.

“For some, it was their first volleyball experience. Volleyball and London are a great match - it is a sport that children can practice in any weather: rain or shine. It is a truly global Olympic sport, highly popular in different corners of the world, like Italy, Brazil and Japan. Our programme is recreational, but also a pathway to elite volleyball, as one of our players from last year’s programme got noticed by England Under15s.

“Our sessions are scheduled around school hours. With years of experience in teaching, I can appreciate the demands working and living in London puts on families, so working hours is one of the factors we wanted to accommodate.”

The club is running a junior week, with a Wednesday after school session at Caius House in Wandsworth, Friday at Brixton Recreation Centre and Sunday at Clapham Leisure Centre, plus two Saturday sessions for advanced players. All the information with dates, times and locations is available here

“We will be running sessions in schools as well giving more pupils the chance to give volleyball a go. Our mission is to make volleyball accessible across South London. At the same time, our Saturday groups give more experienced young players the outlet to hone their skills and progress to compete at local and national level,” Ormanci added.

To find out how you can join, visit https://www.volleyballevents.org/juniorvolleyball

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

Additional Material from Cisel Ormanci

Pictures, Cisel Ormanci

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