Stroud Volleyball Committee for 2006/2007 is shown below:
|Child Protection Officer||Barney Franklin|
|Tournaments Officer||Lisa Ellis|
|Coaching Committee||Paul Gaze and Tasos Zodiates|
|Members||Darek Romowicz, Louise Jensen|
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We have been training at Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud since June 2002, the address is:
Tel: (01453) 766771
The leisure centre also offers extensive facilities such as:
Outdoor Pool , Indoor Pool , Health Studio , Sunbeds , Fitness Gym , Bistro , Bar , Childrens Playground , Tennis Courts , Floodlit Synthetic Football Pitch , Museum , Lake , Pitch n Putt course , Squash Courts , Bowling Green , Creche
Club training is held on Wednesday nights from 8-10pm.
Our fees at present are:
|First Session for All||FREE|
|Standing Order adults / Students||£12-00/ £9 month|
|General & Local League (GVA) Team Entry||£12-00 per annum £6-00 after 1st March|
|Summer Tournament Membership Only||tbc|
|Local League (GVA) Matches||£1-00/set to max £3-00/match|
|Membership is required to play in league matches and tournaments|
Click here to see a map for Stratford Park Leisure Centre
Volleyball has been played in Stroud since Stratford Park Leisure Centre was built in the early 70’s. It grew to the heady heights of the National League in the late 80’s, with both a mens and a ladies team playing to a fairly high standard. The club ceased to be in the mid 90’s, and was reformed when Archway School received funding for a new sports hall, with Volleyball as one of its focus sports.
The Sports Centre started a volleyball night on a Monday in 1997, which pulled in some of the old Stroud crew, together with some new faces, both with and without experience of playing. The initial training sessions were coached by Lydney volleyball club, and the late Dave Coles travelled over week in, week out, to help the people of Stroud enjoy their volleyball.
We then found we had enough female interest in playing in a team, to enter the Gloucestershire Volleyball Association ladies league. At this point, we realised we needed to be a club, and not individuals attending classes. So, the current Stroud Volleyball Club was born. Only one ladies player had experience of playing previously, and with this the author took the reigns, formed and chaired the new club.
As the season approached, the male players managed to form themselves into a small squad, and so by the first season, both Ladies and Men were playing in the local league.
With pride we purchased our first volleyball, and took over the training nights from the Sports Centre.
|Each year we have strived to maintain a positive and happy atmosphere at the club, and encouraged all players to improve their game and enjoy this wonderful sport. Our aim has been to grow and develop the club, to allow as many people as possible to experience the game we so love, and to try and find a place for every skill level.
This attitude was one which Dave Coles brought to the club in the early days. Dave described volleyball as “the sport God created on the 8th day”, and his spirit and attitude will always be with us.
The club now has approximately thirty members, we have three mens teams. Mens NVL Division III West, Mens GVA League I and Mens GVA League II. Although we have plenty of ladies in the club, we haven’t entered a ladies team this season but look forward to entering a team for the following season.
We have been sponsored for several years by The Retreat Wine Bar in Stroud. A few years ago the club made the decision to move venues. We regularly check with other venues to make sure we are getting the best deal for our players and so we don’t become complacent. This time Stratford Park Leisure Centre came up with the best deal, and with the club bursting at the seems, so to speak, the committee voted for us to move. We now have club training on Wednesday nights, from 8pm till 10pm. The NVL Team train on Thursday nights from 8-10pm (invitation only) at Oxtalls Campus.
The Leisure Centre offers many more facilities for spectators, families and friends. As well as publicity for our sponsors and our game.
Thats it for a skimming of our history, we have many other facets to our club, such as our presence at tournaments, mostly off court though!!
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