Teams are on the ball for coaching session

Marden Volleyball Club.
Marden Volleyball Club.

North Tyneside Junior Volleyball players have been treated to a coaching session with one of the UK’s best teams.

A community volleyball day, organised by Volleyball England and Northumbria University, brought together junior volleyball clubs from across the region to benefit from a coaching session from the high-performing Team Northumbria.

Young players from clubs in Whitley Bay, Newburn and more were taught expert skills from Team Northumbria’s coach and a number of their players.

Sam Jamieson, relationship manager for Volleyball England, said: “This has been an excellent opportunity for our players to receiving coaching and train with two of the best teams in the country.

“It’s a chance to develop their skills, and also to see what they can aspire to as they progress in volleyball. Hopefully events like this will also increase the profile of volleyball across the north east.”

More than twenty young players took advantage of a coaching session, honing their skills and agility at Team Northumbria’s world class Sport Central facility.

Assistant coach Ross Enfield took the players through a number of drills, teaching them how to correctly volley, dig, spike and serve.

Marden Volleyball Club’s Jasmine, aged 15, had a fantastic time at the coaching day. She said: “It’s been great fun and I’ve got to learn new skills. The coach has been really helpful.”

Team-mate Sophie, aged 14, added: “Being here today has been great, especially getting to train with the girls from Team Northumbria.”

Jen Rudin, sports engagement manager at Northumbria University, said: “We have done similar events with other sports but this is the first time we’ve worked with volleyball and it has gone very well.

“It’s important for us to engage more with the community and to invite up-and-coming players to train with us.”