About North Staffordshire Volleyball Association
The North Staffordshire Volleyball Association was first established in the 1970s in a period when the local volleyball scene was really thriving thanks to a number of ambitious key volunteers. At its peak the league had promotion and relegation in the men’s league, plus divisions for ladies and mixed teams, and a schools league. For many years the league operated with two leagues played across a number of venues including local authority sports halls, schools, colleges and a range of penal establishments who entered teams into leagues.
School teams were key in this period, with a number of the most prominent schools entering teams which emerged into local clubs – some of which are growing strong and others that have faded into legend e.g. Marshlands (Wolstanton) and Edward Orme (Newcastle Community High School) became Newcastle (Staffs) VC, whilst Blessed William Southern High School (St Margaret Ward) became Hexagon.
Universities and Colleges have been prominent throughout the history of the association and continue to be vital to the heartbeat of the local volleyball community.
After a period of decline in firm commitment from teams in the 1980s and 1990s the Association focussed on supporting the volleyball community by organising tournaments, and by providing funding and resources to assist the development of young players by the area’s most successful club Newcastle (Staffs) VC.
The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games saw a surge in interest in our sport and Newcastle (Staffs) VC saw a significant growth in attendance of its’ Social Volleyball sessions. This included total newcomers to the sport who wanted to give it a try for the first time since being at school, to those who wanted to learn the skills to be able to play on their summer beach holiday, to former players wanting to dust off their knee-pads!
As a result a small group of volunteers decided to breathe new life into the North Staffordshire Association and re-establish the leagues. A series of meetings took place with the constitution re-written in line with contemporary governance expectations, and the leagues were launched with the first matches taking place on 5th October 2012. Within 10 weeks of the inspiration of the 2012 Olympic Games and GB’s performances at the top of the sport at Earl’s Court 8 men’s teams and 5 ladies had joined the league playing on two courts at the single central venue of Madeley High School! The second season saw further growth building on this initial excitement, with 11 men’s and 6 ladies teams!
We want to support local volleyball players to enjoy playing volleyball in all its formats – indoor, grass, beach, and paravolley... and will respond to demand for opportunities from the local community in the sport.
We have always encouraged entries from a large spread of abilities competing together, in a good, friendly and positive spirit typical of the North Staffordshire welcome you’d expect!