Success at the National Finals and Noah Goalen named VE Young Coach of the Year

Peter Soczewka’s under 18 Boys secured an impressive victory with a mature all round performance against Newcastle Staffs.  Romario Stambolliu was awarded the MVP award in the 3-0 victory but the entire squad played a part in the success, on Sunday, and in the previous rounds.  And with the majority of the squad eligible for next season the future looks bright for Soczewka’s side.

At the same time, our under 15 Girls put up a valiant fight against Leeds Gorse.  Richmond staged a dramatic late comeback in the fourth set but Leeds managed to hold on to take the 3-1 win.  

Earlier in the day, Marjana Erminio’s under 18 Girls lost out to Boswells School in a high quality final. 

Under 18 Girls

And debut coach Jean Max Sourmarié, was disappointed to see his under 15 Boys side lose 3-0 in a close contest with Urmston Grammar but vowed to be back next year for revenge.

Under 15 Boys

On Saturday our under 16 Girls got the weekend underway but unfortunately were unable to defeat Boswells in the final.

Under 16 Girls

Club Chair Andy Hopper commented, “We’re all extremely proud of all our teams and to reach five finals is a great achievement in itself.  All our athletes, coaches and managers represented the club with great pride and played all the matches with a fantastic spirit.  Congrats to all involved and thanks to all the volunteers and parents for all their support.”

Congratulations to Noah Goalen who was awarded the Young Coach of the Year award at the Volleyball England Awards.  Goalen led the under 16 Boys to the National Cup semi finals and mentored a number of our boys throughout our junior programme.  George Ruddick was also runner up in the same category. Well done Noah and George!

Noah Goalen

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/
Under 16 Boys’ Champions Photo: Steve Smith/

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/

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)

Richmond Juniors currently top the National Grand Prix

Our junior teams have had a stellar season so far and are currently top of the Volleyball England National Grand Prix. Last weekend saw our U16 Boys’ and Girls’ teams both secure the Golden Tickets to the Cup Final. Our 16s join the U18 Boys’ & Girls’ teams who secured their golden tickets a couple of weeks ago.

The support and energy from the crowd last weekend was amazing, and we look forward to hearing your loudest “Let’s go Richmond” during the finals weekend 23-24 April, in Kettering . Bring a crowd & make some noise … Tickets for the finals are available to buy through the Volleyball England website here.

Our U15s get their shot for the Golden Ticket in Round 3 on April 10, in Kettering. Our Tier 2 teams are also putting in a really strong performance. Our U18 boys’ team were promoted into the Tier 1 Bronze pool, and are currently placed 1st, whilst our U16 girls are placed 2nd in their pool. Next weekend we have 6 girls’ teams taking part in the U15 Tier 2 round 3. Good luck everyone.

Photos are of the U16 & U18s Round 3 tournaments Thank you Steve Smith. To see the full gallery visit his website

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

September junior beach training courses

Following the high demand for our junior summer camps, we have decided to offer beach training opportunities throughout September, to keep the juniors playing while the indoor divisions are working hard behind the scenes to ensure a safe return to indoor volleyball.

Starting next week we will run the following beach training sessions:

– Saturdays (starting 5th September), 9 – 10:30 am: Boys Beginner & Improver Training (aimed at boys aged 9 – 14*)

– Saturdays (starting 5th September), 15:30 – 17:00: Girls Beginner & Improver Training (aimed at girls aged 9 – 14*)

Cost for the course (4 sessions over 5 weeks): £24 (more sessions may be added in autumn depending on demand)

Click here to register for the beginner courses.

– Mondays and Wednesdays (starting 2nd September), 17:15 – 18:45: Girls Intermediate & Advanced Training (aimed at girls aged 12 – 16*)

– Tuesdays and Thursdays (starting 1st September), 17:15 – 8:45: Boys Intermediate & Advanced Training (aimed at boys aged 12 – 16*)

Cost for the course (10 sessions over 5 weeks): £60
Click here to register for the intermediate courses.

* The age groups are meant as a guide only – it is fine for experienced under 12s to sign up for the intermediate course and for beginner over 14s to sign up for the beginner course.

All the courses are strictly limited to 8 players, so if you / your child wants to join, please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please make sure that you read and agree to comply with the COVID-19 player code of conduct before registering your child.

Juniors over 16 are welcome to join the mixed adults open session, Saturdays 11 am – 1 pm or 1 pm – 3 pm. Sessions need to be pre-booked through Team App only. Click here for more information.

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