Javier Bello and Joaquin Bello (Richmond VB) represented England Juniors and claimed England’s first ever gold medal at the u18 Commonwealth Youth Games Championships in 2017 Bahamas winning against Cyprus in the final.
England Juniors produced a dominant display of attacking volleyball winning all five matches and beating New Zealand (2-0) & Jamaica (2-0) in their pool matches, followed by wins in quarter finals against South Africa (2-0), Semi-Finals against Australia (2-0) and then claimed gold against Cyprus (2-0).
RVB Chairman David Rijvers was full of praise for the young team, adding: “I’m absolutely delighted and so proud for the boys, family and Volleyball England. I’ve been in English Volleyball a long time and this is probably one of England’s finest world class junior achievements.
RVB has been growing a strong national junior beach volleyball programme in London and Surrey for male and female athletes and is also in discussions with partners to create a new world class 9 court beach facility (4 indoors) supported with further expert coaching and comprehensive scholarships at varies London & Surrey Universities.
We have ambitious performance targets over the next four years and our training programme reflects this commitment investing in next new crop of junior players and continuing to develop our current talented athletes. Junior volleyball players can access daily training sessions and strength and conditioning sessions on a weekly basis. With the Olympic Youth Games next year it’s an incredibly exciting time for the Bello boys and RVB Beach!
Commonwealth Youth Games
It’s the 6th edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games held in the Bahamas. It is the first time in over 50 years that a Commonwealth Games event has been held in the Caribbean, the last being in 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica. Bahamas 2017 will bring together 71 countries, 1000 young athletes aged 14-18 to compete in seven sports over five days.