It seemed unacceptable with Stockport voted the happiest place to live in the North West, that it shouldn’t have a local club for the wonderful sport of volleyball. The neighbouring authorities in Greater Manchester all had representation, but this Borough was simply not on the map, yet. What better a place to launch a pastime that would create opportunities from grass-roots and pure amateurs to aspirations of joining the elite. So, Stockport Volleyball Club, known as “The S’PORT” was born.
Volleyball England has been instrumental and the Club complies with this National Governing Body of Sport’s constitution and guidelines. The Club exists for the right reasons. It is based at Seashell Trust in Cheadle Hulme. The Club and this renowned Charity have been successful in securing funding to allow Sitting Volleyball to be played. It is envisaged that this sport may eventually be incorporated in to the Trust’s C.A.D.S sports programme but will bring opportunities to the residents many of whom have multiple disabilities and other integrated more able participants.
We only launched in the last quarter of 2015. Already, 35% are from age groups under eleven years old with representation from several multi-ethnic communities and a ratio of a third females to males. So a well-balanced group with the emphasis on open to all.
All funding secured to date for this not for profit, voluntary, community group has gone into: hire fees for the sports hall, net and stands for both mainstream and sitting volleyball, balls for all abilities (both match and recreation).
This Campaign aims to buy a Stockport Volleyball Club, branded, Go Spike!, sweatshirt/hoodie to further promote identity and inclusion for this start up enterprise. An initiative if achieved that will give a further sense of belonging to these young people and give them an opportunity to restrict attention to any other less rewarding pastimes that the youth of today can be confronted buy.
National Governing Body (NGB) gets behind the Appeal. http://www.crowdscrum.co.uk/national-volleyball/