Volleyball: Three become one as the city’s university clubs and Sheffield Volleyball Club amalgamate

Left to right, Steve McKeown (Sheffield VC), Frazer Johnson (Sheffield Hallam University), Andy Cox (Sheffield University)

Left to right, Steve McKeown (Sheffield VC), Frazer Johnson (Sheffield Hallam University), Andy Cox (Sheffield University)

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The city’s two University Volleyball Clubs have joined with Sheffield VC to form the City of Sheffield Volleyball Club.

After nearly a year and a half of negotiations representatives from the city’s three volleyball clubs, Sheffield Hallam, Sheffield University and Sheffield have signed an agreement that amalgamates the three existing clubs to form a new club.

“The new club will pool resources from across the city to enhance volleyball provision for players of all ages and abilities,” explained Frazer Johnson of Sheffield Hallam University.

Players, old and new, from the different sections will be able to access coaching, training and additional competition organised under the auspices of the new super club.

The very successful men’s Super 8 team currently known as Sheffield Hallam which is a product of a long established partnership between Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield VC will also come under the umbrella of the new City of Sheffield VC.

In addition to improving the quality of existing volleyball programmes, plans are afoot to increase opportunities for students, young people and family groups to take up the game while exploring the possibility of setting up a sitting volleyball team.

Last weekend Oxford University put paid to Sheffield women’s league title hopes with a straight sets victory (11-25, 22-25, 18-25) over the visitors.

Oxford, made up mainly of American students, remain unbeaten in National League Division 2 North with 10 wins out of 10.

“We ran them close in the second” said Sheffield coach Steve McKeown, “but we failed to convert our opportunities into points, particularly at the business end of the set which is something we had prided ourselves on in recent matches.”

Sheffield are now third with eight wins from 11 and will look to re-group before their next league matches against Yorkshire rivals Leeds on Saturday and a Shield match against Coventry Riga on Sunday at the All Saints Sports Centre.

In the Super 8s league Sheffield Hallam Men lost at Northumbria 3-1 (25-18, 25-22, 21-25, 25-23) despite a good show against their unbeaten hosts.

Both teams started steady out of the blocks with Northumbria coming out top in the first and second sets.

Hallam couldn’t build on their third set victory to narrowly lose out in the fourth.

The teams meet again on Saturday in the Cup at the English Institute of Sport.