Club’s success

Hartlepool Volleyball Club
Hartlepool Volleyball Club

HARTLEPOOL’S only volleyball club continues to go from strength to strength but coaches are always on the lookout for new players.

Hartlepool Volleyball Club is now into its third season since it was launched in September 2011.

The club has been a huge success, even beyond the early expectations of club coaches. And despite the group retaining its emphasis on community volleyball, two players, Sarah and Jack Johnson, were even selected to play in the North East Volleyball Academy.

Hartlepool Volleyball Club, which is based at St Hild’s CE School, in King Oswy Drive, now has 20 team members aged between 14 and 50 training on a regular basis. But coaches are dedicated to getting even more players involved - especially youngsters - and have visited town schools to recruit students, offering two months of free sessions to get them started.

Graeme Waller, club coach, said: “The club has been very proactive in promoting volleyball in the community even organising beach volleyball sessions at Seaton Carew in the summer.

“Coaches have also attended the town’s secondary schools to teach students at GCSE level. Although volleyball is quite a niche spot and often overlooked, teachers are starting to see what a great game it can be for their students.”

The club was initially launched as an initiative between Hartlepool Borough Council’s sports development team and Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Teams are now representing the club in the Tees Valley Volleyball Association Divison One and Two.

The club trains in St Hild’s sports hall on a Thursday from 5.30pm-7.30pm. The first two months are free for under 18s and the first two weeks are free for over 18s. After that it’s £4 per session. Those interested in getting involved can turn up at a session or email hartlepoolvolleyball@gmail.com or visit Hartlepool Volleyball Club’s page on Facebook.