A Historic Win for Richmond Volleyball Club

The weekend of April 23-24 saw Richmond Volleyball Club make history. The Club took home an unprecedented seven medals in the National Volleyball Championships at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering. 

Richmond Volleyball Club qualified for seven national championship finals: Under 15s, Under 16s, Under 18s Girls and Boys and the Men’s Cup. They took home a clean sweep of gold medals in all categories entered.

ANDY HOPPER Club Chairman, says: 

“To qualify teams in all six age group finals was an amazing achievement but then to return from Kettering with an unprecedented six junior gold medals was simply epic. And after many years of success at junior level, securing the club’s first senior trophy in the men’s cup was another astounding victory. The support we had all weekend was extraordinary and played a massive part in our success. Thanks to all the parents and supporters who travelled to Kettering and made it feel like home. The first season after the pandemic has been incredibly hard for everyone and I’m so proud of all the players, coaches, team managers and volunteers who have made these incredible results possible”.

The Men’s National Cup Final is the prime knockout title in the Volleyball England competition calendar. More than 50 teams entered this season’s Men’s tournament, competing at local, regional, and national level. The Cup Final on April 23 saw two of the country’s top teams Richmond Docklands and Newcastle Staffs battle it out on court. With the first two sets under their belt, Richmond found themselves 19-11 down in the third.  But some tactical adjustments by coach Marcel Sivak and some determined play by his players saw Richmond secure a 27:25 third set victory and the title.

Men’s Cup Final Photo: Phil Gibbin

The Junior Grand Prix, which started in January, saw a record number of 309 teams split into two tiers competing in qualifying matches up and down the country. Richmond had entered five boys’ and 13 girls’ teams. From the start of the tournament, Richmond juniors topped each stage, consistently winning their pools in all age groups and securing their place in finals.

Under 15 Boys and Girls. National Champions Photo: Phili Gibbin
Under 16 Girls’ Champions Photo: Steve Smith/sandsphotos.co.uk
Under 16 Boys’ Champions Photo: Steve Smith/sandsphotos.co.uk

On Saturday, Richmond’s Under 16s girls and boys were on top form, they played consistently well and didn’t lose a single set. The U15s followed suit on Sunday morning. The Sunday afternoon championship finals proved a little tougher for Richmond’s Under 18 boys and girls. There was a lot of pressure on the Richmond players to keep up their string of successes and some strong rivals as Richmond boys faced IBB Polonia Academy whilst Richmond girls faced Urmston Grammar. The matches got off to a shaky start for Richmond with a loss for both the boys’ and girls’ teams in the first set. In the second set both Richmond teams got back on track, calmed their nerves, and started to show how well they could play, both teams sealed their victory in the fourth set.

PETER SOCZEWKA Men’s Junior Coach says:

“It has been hugely satisfying seeing Richmond Volleyball junior teams competing and playing their best volleyball this season at the national finals. Our rivals Polonia Academy and Urmston Grammar showed great volleyball on the day, but it was not enough to beat our teams. Now most of our juniors will move to the beach training to improve technical skills and agility which would hopefully allow them to be successful in the next indoor season”.

This year’s tournament was the first time in two years that clubs could take to the national stage and compete in the National Championships, as the 2019/20 season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

MIKE KEEFE Women’s/Juniors Girls Division Manager says:

“This has been an unprecedented year for Richmond Volleyball with post-Covid demand leading to a 40% rise in the number of volleyball players we have had training this season. Volleyball is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and getting as many players on court as possible post various lockdowns was our number one priority along with continuing to develop the talent already present within the club. After making it to the National Finals in 2020, only for these to be cancelled due to the first lockdown, we were hungry to get back to the top of all three Junior competitions two years on. The coaches and teams did not disappoint winning Gold in the U18, U16 and U15 categories which is a first for the club and hasn’t been done by any other club for several decades. We are very proud of the players, coaches and team managers and would like to thank all the parents, volunteers, and venues for their unwavering support in our return to the highest levels of the sport.”

Under 18 Girls Photo: Phil Gibbin
Under 18 Boys Photo: Steve Smith/sandsphotos.co.uk

Richmond Volleyball Club celebrates its 30th year this summer 

Founded in 1992, Richmond Volleyball Club provides indoor and beach volleyball for players of all ages and abilities across West London and Surrey. It has several senior men’s and women’s teams competing in the national, regional, county, and local leagues. 

This season’s wins make Richmond Volleyball Club the most successful Volleyball Club at junior level in England. Its thriving junior division offers training for 10-year-olds and above and over the past five years the club has developed a track record of producing quality athletes for Volleyball England’s talent pathway. Later this Summer four Richmond players will be vying for the number one spot to represent their country in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.  Look out for Richmond players: Javier Bello, Joachin Bello, Enrique Bello and Katie Keefe.

MARCEL SIVAK Club Secretary concludes:

I am very proud of what the club has managed to achieve this season. I am immensely grateful to all the players and coaches for their hard work and enormous dedication. Without their endless dedication, none of this would happen. This season is proving to be a successful and a historical one on the court, but it is important to highlight that it has been an excellent example of teamwork also off the court and behind the scenes, as it was the teamwork and sacrifice that carried this team through some challenging times to the successful finish. It is a great place to be but equally the success offers new opportunities for the club that we should look to explore with similar dedication and hard work in the coming months.

Scores from the Volleyball England National Cup Finals:

Men’s National Cup Final | Newcastle Staffs vs Richmond Docklands | 0-3 (23-25; 19-25; 25-27)

U18s Boys National Championships Final | Richmond vs IBB Polonia Pro Volley | 3-1 (22-25; 25-11; 25-15; 25-21)

U18s Girls National Championships Final | Richmond vs Urmston Grammar | 3-1 (20-25; 25-12; 25-18; 25-17)

U16s Boys National Championships Final | Richmond vs Urmston Grammar | 3-0 (25-17; 25-16; 25-22)

U16s Girls National Championships Final | Richmond vs Urmston Grammar | 3-0 (25-10; 25-23; 25-10)

U15s Boys National Championships Final | Richmond vs Urmston Grammar | 3-0 (25-17; 25-13; 25-22)

U15s Girls National Championships Final | Richmond vs Volleyball Development Camps | 3-0 (25-21; 25-14; 25-14)

UKBT Beach Tournament Schedule 2022

We’re looking forward to a great summer of UKBT tournaments at the beach courts in Teddington, starting next Sunday 10th April with the 1* Mixed Series.

We have something for everyone, whatever your level or age, from our Junior Series events for juniors of all levels under 14 and 18 to our 3* Classic Series events for advanced adults and juniors.

New this year is the 1* Starter Series, a single gender tournament aimed at beginner and intermediate players.

And to complete the line-up are our always popular 1* Mixed Series and 2* Richmond Series events.

Richmond Volleyball’s 10,000 Digs for Kids

We are the RVB Junior Girls and are raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust because we want to help teenagers like ourselves.

Richmond Volleyball Club is very fortunate to have a fantastic group of teenage girls.  We have had a record number join this year after a difficult 18 months of little or no volleyball and they have been super busy honing their volleyball skills. More importantly, they have been learning the value of teamwork, making new friends, playing matches, experiencing the excitement of competition, getting loads of exercise and of course much, much more!!

In 2019, we raised £587 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.  Our challenge back then was to collectively perform 10,000 digs (a critical volleyball skill) during their training session.  They did it!!!  With pretty much a whole new set of beginners this year along with some seasoned veterans, we are aiming to hit that 10,000 digs goal again this year and raise funds for those teenagers who are in hospital with cancer.  The girls are really up for it but they really need your support.  

The festive season is all about giving so tell all your friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbours, etc. to donate anything they can and help the girls SMASH their goal.  Any amount donated large or small is greatly appreciated so get the word out and help the team reach their goal by December 15th! 
We want to wish everyone all the best over the Holidays and a very Happy New Year!

Thank you for your support! Richmond Volleyball Club

Richmond Winter Beach Series starts 24th October

The summer might be over, but we’re pleased to announce that registration to our popular series of winter beach tournaments is now open.

Taking place once a month between October and March, these tournaments are aimed at all levels and are fast paced – with maximum of 8 teams on 3 courts, this means you get lots of games with minimum amount of breaks. The format is 2v2 and there are mixed and single-gender events.

There are medals to be won for each event and prizes for the overall series winners.

In the last two years the series was unfortunately cut short due to the national lockdowns, but hopefully this year we can complete the series.

Richmond Winter Series Poster

Richmond Volleyball Beach Series concludes with UKBT 3* weekend

While it’s been a much shorter summer series this year, the 3 tournaments were full of thrilling games and top-quality plays. Thank you to all the players who took part in the tournaments and helped bring back the fun at the beach courts in Teddington.

1* Richmond Mixed

The series kicked off with a 1* Mixed tournament, which was full of close matches and epic rallies. In the end, Rachel Steinitz and Noam Devey won the gold medal match against Sam Yang and Cecilia Manduca. The bronze medal match was an all Italian affair with Luciano Quercia and Elisabetta Bottaro claiming victory over Luigi Antonaci and Giulia Ponti (RVB coach).

1 star mixed 2020

Final Rankings:

1Rachel Steinitz / Noam Devey
2Sam Yang / Cecilia Manduca
3Luciano Quercia / Elisabetta Bottaro
4Luigi Antonaci / Giulia Ponti
5Pauline Gan / Martin Rees
5Melissanthi Papacharalampous / Jean-Michel Abecassis
7Duy Nguyen / Sara Mata
7Emilie Levich / Ivan Hadzhihristev
9Erika Mangialardi / Max Zwiessele
10Nikolas Tsirimokos / Natasha Goodrich
11Ben McCracken / Ali Wolff
12Nina Erminio / Anja Erminio

3* Richmond Classic (Women)

In the 3* women’s tournament, the final was a surprise battle between the 5th and the 9th seeded teams, with the young pair of Lisa Canevari (RVB player) and Isabelle Tucker (5th seed) beating the 9th seeded pair of Gerda Berstautaite / Kanako Hayashi who won silver. The two top seeds battled it out for the bronze medal with Julia Constantinou and Eva Holt beating Cleo Jongdijk and Eszter Nagy.

3* women's podium

Final Rankings

1Lisa Canevari / Isabelle Tucker
2Gerda Berstautaite / Kanako Hayashi
3Julia Constantinou / Eva Holt
4Cleo Jongdijk / Eszter Nagy
5Judit Maynou / Francesca Liati
5Katie Keefe / Beth Morgan
7Michiko Takenaka / Daniela Stuppia
7Petra Vukmirovic / Ilva Chunka
9Petra Farmanova / Sylwia Miazga
10Laura Bugnariu / Cait Donnelly
11Lucy Knott / Nina Erminio
12Zoe Tucker / Emilie Levich

3* Richmond Classic (Men)

While there was a surprise final in the women’s tournament, the men’s final was between the two top seed teams. The gold medal went to Mark Garcia-Kidd and Mark Baechli winning the final against the Welsh pair of Noam Devey and Sean Davies. In the bronze medal match, RVB coach Courtney Cross and Marek Bisczyko claimed the victory over the all RVB pairing of David Novotny and Martin Alfonso.

3* Men's podium

Final Rankings:

1Mark Garcia-Kidd / Mark Baechli
2Noam Devey / Sean Davies
3Courtney Cross / Marek Biscysko
4David Novotny / Martin Alfonso
5Roman Zakrzweski / Chris Sherfield
5Krzysztof Przydrozny / Mariusz Kozik
7Richardson De Sousa / Michael McShane
7Tomek Stepien / Slawomir Master
9Simon Elliott / James Laing
10Piotr Makowski / Maks Makowski
11Bartek Soczewka / Peter Soczewka
12Jake Sanders / Phillip Russ

Coming Soon: Winter Series 2020/21

After a successful winter series last year we are planning on running more winter tournaments this year. Stay tuned to our social media and website for announcements!

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