Try Out Volleyball

posted 6 Sep 2013, 12:41 by Web Admin   [ updated 29 Jul 2014, 04:30 ]

Nottingham Rockets will be holding "Learn How To Play a New Sport" in conjunction with Nottingham City Council.

Sessions are suitable for complete beginners or people wanting to get back into the sport, so if you haven't played sport since school, need a refresher course or just want to try something new this session is perfect for you. The benefits of the sessions are:

Learn new techniques and skills each week
Develop you ability gradually with support from a qualified sports coach
Improve your fitness levels
Make new friends, have fun and feel good about yourself

These courses last for 6 weeks and are suitable for both males and females aged 16+

The sessions are held on a Monday night from 6pm - 7pm at Southglade Leisure Centre. 
These will be starting on the 9th September and will be running until 14th September. 
The sessions will costs either £12.00 in advance for the course or £2.50 per week.

Once the course has finished and you want to carry on playing Volleyball you will then have the opportunity to join the club.

Nottingham Rockets Mens 1 Featured on Volleyball Englands "Game of the Week Pick"

posted 21 Mar 2013, 09:35 by Web Admin   [ updated 29 Jul 2014, 04:29 ]

Nottingham Rockets Men's 1 last home game of the season has been Volleyballs England "Game of the week Pick" the article can be read here.

This will be Nottingham Rockets Mens 1 last home game of the season,
Warm up commencing 16:30
Match Start 17:00

Please come down to support the club/team. The game will be played at our home venue Southglades Leisure Centre, Nottingham, NG5 5GU.

The Women's game before hand can be watched at Portland Leisure Centre, Nottingham
Match start 13:30

Beginners' Training starts Monday 3rd - open to all!

posted 16 Aug 2012, 02:04 by Web Admin

Inspired by the London 2012 Olympics to take up volleyball? Tried it on holiday or at school and would like to learn more about the game?

Come down to Nottingham Rockets Volleyball Club's Beginners' sessions!

Coached by top coach Paul Lamb, the sessions will guide you through the basic dig - set -spike of volleyball with some fun games at the end of the session. A great way to get fit and meet new people - Rockets offers a busy social and event calendar for all members all year round!

Every Monday 7 - 8pm at Southglade Leisure Centre (NG 5GU) starting Monday 3rd September.

First session FREE! (Subsequent sessions are £4 each)

ALL abilities welcome - no previous experience required!

Junior Beach Training at the Riviera!

posted 16 Aug 2012, 01:03 by Web Admin

For the first time, junior beach sessions are now being offered at the Nottingham Riviera - a custom beach space in the middle of Nottingham's Market Square! The sessions are being run by the East Midlands coaching team and are open to all junior players aged 11-16 years old. No previous experience of volleyball is required!

So if you fancy trying to recreate the moves of this summer's Olympic Beach Volleyball players, head down to the Riviera on the following dates!

Saturday 25th August - 9am - 11am

Sunday 26th August - 9am - 11am.

Prepare for NVL! All welcome!

posted 26 Jul 2012, 02:55 by Web Admin   [ updated 26 Jul 2012, 02:58 ]

To get ready for the 2012 -2013 season, Nottingham Rockets are pleased to announce the dates for our brand new 'Prepare for NVL' sessions.
Are you interested in playing NVL Division 1 or 3 (Men's) or Division 2 (Women's)? If so, please come along and join us!
These are open sessions, for men, women and juniors who are interested in playing NVL with Nottingham Rockets. They offer the opportunity to meet other players, find out more about the club and meet the NVL coaches. All 2011-2012 Rockets players are also asked to attend.
Dates: Monday 30th July 8pm - 10 pm and Monday 6th August 8pm - 10pm
Location: Southglade Leisure Centre , Southglade Road, Bestwood Park, Nottm. NG5 5GU
Current members, please pass onto any friends or contacts who may be interested! If you are unable to
 attend these sessions, but are interested in being part of our squads, please email

Celebrate London 2012! Game On for £1 with Nottingham Rockets!

posted 26 Jul 2012, 02:46 by Web Admin

Nottingham Rockets are pleased to be participating in Nottingham City's Game On! initiative to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games! For only £1 per session, juniors and adults can try out our fantastic sport at Southglade Leisure Centre. Sessions will include the basic volleyball skills and some fun games!
Dates: Monday 30th July and Monday 6th August 2012
Juniors : 6-7pm and Adults: 7-8pm.
So if you're inspired by the beach volleyball player strutting their stuff at Horse Guards Parade or the flair of the indoor competition at Earls Court, who not come down, try it out and Game ON!
The club would like to thank Nottingham City for their support to run these sessions.

East Midlands U17s take victory at Inter Regionals!

posted 19 Jun 2012, 06:58 by Web Admin

Report by Greg Shaw
Volleyball has over 800 million players worldwide leading to claims that it may be the most popular sport in the world. As a true team sport with intense rallies and breath taking agility, volleyball is full of tactical complexities that give players and spectators alike a unique experience.

Volleyball England’s inter regional championship kicked off on the first weekend in June(2nd-3rd) at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering. This annual tournament involves all of the regions in England (Yorkshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, East, London, South West and South East) competing against each other for the title of Inter-Regional Champions. The tournament showcased some of the highest junior volleyball talent in England as all the players had to endure a selection process to gain the opportunity to represent their region.

This year the championship girls' competition was on Saturday 2nd June. East Midland’s Regional Squad arrived along with the other 8 regions eager to get on court and display their talents. This proved to be an exciting day with both U14’s and U16’s East Midland’s teams putting up a good fight. The U14’s girls' squad made a tremendous victory as they managed to consolidate a runners-up place in the U14 (B) section (with Rockets’ Rhia Simmonds playing very well) and respectfully a 3rd place finish in the U14 (A) section. Despite their courageous efforts the girls' U16's squad, featuring Rockets player Martyna Gessler, finished in 7th place. However the East Midlands' players did their region proud; it certainly isn’t easy performing at the inter-regional championship!
The boys' competition took place on the Sunday 3rd June with two squads representing the East Midlands (U15’s & U17’s). The U15’s boys squad had mixed results in the campaign throughout the championship. They battled fiercely against the West Midlands and came out on top! This was a brilliant victory as the West Midlands have a reputation for being an excellent team. The East Midlands' U15's boys finished in a mid table position of 5th – well done to U15 Rockets squad members Adam Wake and Sam Reid for being instrumental players on court.

In the 2011 Inter-regional championships the U17's Men's squad achieved a record breaking  bronze medal. In this year’s championship the U17’s squad had yet even more surprises to reveal. The East region of England has always been regarded by many as the favorites to win the championship and to make this even more nerve-racking the East Midlands had to face the favorites in the first match of the day!  The two teams clashed horns, as the pressure mounted, the audience could see that both teams were a force to be reckoned with. East Midlands had taken the advantage by dramatically winning the first set, this allowed them to gain confidence and to grow as a team; the chanting could have been heard from miles away as the under-dogs(East Midlands) were beating the championship favorites(East). Thanks to some heroic defending and relentless spiking the East Midlands U17’s squad had beaten and quite frankly crushed East 2-0 (21-13, 21-18). Imbued with complete confidence the U17’s went on to win every match in the championship except against Yorkshire, who to be fair, were brilliant on the day and defiantly made 'friends with the floor' as they defended every point. With 2-0 win over South East, East Midlands U17’s had guaranteed 1st place in the tournament and had made East Midlands' Volleyball history.  Well done to the team and thank you to all the coaching staff who put their time into helping this squad gain this huge achievement. Last but not least - congratulations should be due to all the squads who competed at the championship at the weekend, for putting in a first class and exceptional performance.

The Inter-regional Championship (East Midlands' U17's) winning squad included :
  • Adam Lagerberg (Nottingham Rockets)
  • Alex Hutchinson (Loughborough Lions)
  • Ben Woodhouse (Ashfield Vipers)
  • Ed Godsell (Nottingham Rockets)
  • George Smith (Nottingham Rockets)
  • Gregory Shaw (Nottingham Rockets)
  • Gregg Smith (Ashfield Vipers)
  • Ieuan Lamb (c) (Nottingham Rockets)
  • Khalil Derf (Loughborough Lions)
  • Tom Hurdley (Loughborough Lions)
  • Matt Sanders (Loughborough Lions)
  • Nick Shardlow (Nottingham Rockets)
Several other Rockets players featured in the 3 other squads – congratulations to all those who took part.

U14 Girls B: Rhia Simmonds
U16 Girls: Martyna Gessler
U15 Boys: Adam Wake, Sam Reid

Rockets celebrate at End of Season Party!

posted 22 May 2012, 05:16 by Web Admin

Thank you to all the people who turned out this Sunday for the Rockets End of Season party in a slightly chilly Wollaton Park! With two courts and a picnic, it was nice to see players from all five teams, beginners and friends and family!


Well done to the following who have all been recognised for their play this season:


Senior Men’s MVP: Georg Plesser

Junior Men’s MVP: Ieuan Lamb

Women 1 – Most Improved Player – Monika Kucharska

Women 2 – Most improved Player – Alex Gockowiak


Thank you to Paul, Sian and Howard for all their hard work this season and all the hours of their free time they have given up to coach us. With two promotions and national junior runners up, we hope we gave you some good performances! J Here’s to an even more exciting 2012-2013 season!


Check out our Facebook page for more photos.

Rockets U16s - National Runners Up!

posted 3 May 2012, 06:49 by Web Admin

Nottingham Rockets Juniors have had a fantastic Journey this year in the National Junior Championships. They have been battling it out against all the top Junior club sides in the country and have made excellent progress this year.
Nottingham Rockets Volleyball Club entered their outstanding Juniors into both the U16’s and the U18’s National Championships this year and they have both had outstanding success. Both teams battled their way through a total of 70+ sides to make their way through to the Last 8’s of the competition which is held at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering.
This was the first time that the U16’s had made their way through to the last 8 so it was a new experience for them all. It was the U18’s who played first and playing excellent Volleyball they made their way through to the semi-final. This was unfortunately where their journey ended as they came up against the favourites Newcastle Staffs and couldn’t quite pull off the shock result.   
The U16’s played on the Sunday and made a slow start losing to Boswells in their first game but then rallied well and improved throughout the tournament to win the rest of their games to take their place in the semi final. Coming second in their pool meant they would play against winners of the other pool Wessex in the semi final who were favourites for the title. Playing in-front of a large crowd inspired the Boys and in an amazing game, all of the team played at the top of their abilities to beat Wessex by 2 sets to nil 25 - 20,  25 - 17 to book their place in the final.
Last weekend was the Final of both competitions and Rockets made there way down to Kettering again for the U16’s Final against Boswells. In a tremendous match the young Rockets team played their hearts out but it was not quite enough for victory.
There was a sell out crowd at Kettering with 100’s of people there to cheer on the team and live streaming of the final was shown by Volleyball England to thousands of Volleyball fans across the country.
Not surprisingly then it was Boswells, who had been to the finals a number of times who made the more accomplished start. Rockets struggled to come to terms with the surroundings and the Boswells Team and got behind in the first set early on. Rockets fought back with some fantastic pick ups with Ben tomlinson making an extreme recovery and then getting up to Spike the ball for a winner. At the half way point in the set were just behind 11:13 with Ieuan Lamb and Adam Lagerberg both winning some crucial points. From then though it was Boswells who made their attacks count with Houlihan and King scoring well and their Block was giving them success. Rockets were always on the back foot defending hard for every point but not quite having enough success at the net and they lost the first set 25:18.
The second set started better for Rockets and they stormed to 5:2 Lead. Unfortunately this momentum was halted when the Boswells team made a rotation error and the game was halted for several minutes until the referees could determine the right line ups. This really effected Rockets and their defence which had started so well began to creak under the extreme pressure of the serves and hard attacks and Boswells improved again to pull away in the set to take it 25:15.
It was now or never for Rockets and a little tinkering with their line up seemed to work as they improved to put pressure back on Boswells. Rockets took an 8:7 lead into the first time out. Boswells fought back in the third set to lead 16:15 at the final technical time out. Unfortunately this was as close as Rockets could get and Boswells yet again pwered their way through to the end of the set dominating the net exchanges and winning points straight from the serve with receiving errors for rockets proving costly. This meant that Rockets lost the set 25:18 and the game 3 sets to 0.
Despite not quite hitting their best form on the day the Nottingham Boys should be very proud of their silver medals which is truly a fantastic achievement. The first time that any Junior team from Nottingham have made it through to a National Volleyball Final. Congratulations to everyone for such a fantastic effort.
The Rockets U16's Squad
Head Coach: Paul Lamb
Assistant Coach: Howard Tomlinson
Ieuan Lamb (Cap), Sam Reid (Libero), Ben Tomlinson, Adam Wake, Alex Tomlinson, Alex Hutchinson, George Smith, Adam Lagerberg

Award filled night for Rockets!

posted 3 May 2012, 06:37 by Web Admin

Nottingham Rockets Volleyball Club had an award packed night this Saturday at Volleyball England’s Annual Awards Evening, held at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering.

Head Coach Paul was awarded with the prestigious Long Service Award, given to volunteers who have made an outstanding commitment to volleyball over a period of longer than ten years. Paul picked up his award from GB Women’s Head Coach Audrey Cooper in front of over 200 other award winners and guests at the evening.

After more than 30 years of being involved in volleyball, playing, coaching and officiating it was a well deserved reward for Paul, without whom our club would simply not exist. It’s simply not possible to count the number of hours Paul has given up, the miles he has driven and the energy he has given to introduce so many people to our sport and ensure they keep enjoying playing. Paul is one of the most popular coaches in the country and it wasn’t just the Rockets table cheering loudly when he went up to collect the trophy. Thank you Paul and a HUGE congratulations!

Men 1’s Georg Plesser and Christin Pelzel from Women 1 also picked up their MVP Awards from Hall of Fame inductees Bob Smith and Ucal Ashman – and the Women’s first team received their league medals for their victory in Women 3N.

The final award of the night was the Peter Wardale trophy – awarded only to very special volunteers and this year to Board Member Brian Stalker. Peter was one of the original founders of the Loughborough / Granwood Rockets – now known of course as Nottingham Rockets! So congratulations to Brian from everyone at Rockets, many of whom didn’t know Peter personally, but continue to enjoy being a member of the club he started.

More photos and high resolution images to come soon!

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