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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!