Today i have started a new journey into the top division of volleyball in this country, during the next season i will be playing for Northumbria Volleyball club which is situated int he North East of England (a long way from home!). I am attending university there studying Sport and exercise science whilst also on a scholarship to play volleyball for them in the Super 8s. Our first game is on the 22nd of September but i am already moved and unpacked ready for the pre season camp/month :D
On the 1st August all the members from the National Volleyball Academy were granted tickets from our governing body (VolleyballEngland) to go and see Great Britain Vs Australia and a match between the to best sides in the world Brazil Vs Russia.
I was very proud watching GB take on some of the best sides in the world and really opened my eyes to what i can achieve if i put my mind to it knowing what the senior players have sacrificed to be playing at the Olympics. Brazil v Russia was a event which was my kind of entertainment, the fastest and most powerful game i have ever seen and i was there to witness it first hand.
As the Olympics motto state ‘inspire a generation’ this game truely did!
On Monday 26th March the National Volleyball Academy moved into a new 3 million athlete house in partnership with Loughborough College where I have been attending for a year already and now on my second year.
The new house is actually a renovated 200 year old building which over last summer had lots of workers working hard to get it ready for this years cycle, it is situated in the Gables accommodation which holds the Loughborough college athletes and public who have travelled to go to the college.
Right now its only the England/ Loughborough College volleyball players that have moved in to the new building, it has really made a big difference in team cohesion and we all feel more of a family also there’s no excuses for not waking up for training!
We are all looking forward to more of the countries best athletes moving in as well which should be happening sooner than later. Possibly the best thing about the new building is the treatment room, its a great feeling knowing that some of the athletes here can do the rehab and ice with absolute ease and not forgetting the double beds which finally fit a 6’’8 person like me in with comfort!
Partnered with:Asda Crewe
Hey, I'm Sam. At 16 I moved out of my home in Crewe and moved to train full time at Loughborough College's great facilities for my sport of indoor volleyball. My ambitions are to represent Great Britain. Follow me on Twitter!