Get Inspired: How to get into Volleyball

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Why get intoIt's an energetic team game that can be played at the beach, in the garden, indoors and even in the pool!
Who is it for?Anyone! From a casual game in the park to competing in leagues, there are opportunities for all abilities.
Is there a cheap option?All you need is a net and a ball...and some mates.
What if I want a proper workout?An hour playing volleyball can strengthen the entire body and get the heart pumping.
Can I take it to another level?For aspiring athletes there are clubs who run elite training sessions and camps.
Is there a disability option?Sitting volleyball is one of the most inclusive and fast growing games in the world. See below for further info.
Is there a family option?Absolutely. There are lots of initiatives encouraging families to play volleyball across the UK.

Volleyball is an exciting, competitive game that offers an amazing workout through aerobic exercise. Plus it encourages you to think tactfully, giving your mind a workout too. It is a popular sport, enjoyed by thousands of people in leisure centres, schools and universities and can be played both indoors and outdoors.

Whether you are new to the game or are interested in coming back, British Volleyball is a good place to start. You can also explore Northern Ireland Volleyball,Scottish Volleyball Association,Volleyball Wales and Volleyball England.

Indoor Volleyball

a game of ladies indoor volleyball

Indoor volleyball is a great way to tone up and get fit, which can be helpful over winter when you don't want to be in the cold, wet outdoors! It's a team game for all abilities, offering an excellent way to develop communication skills and work effectively with other people. Volleyball England's Go Spike campaign is currently putting on taster sessions for all abilities. For other parts of the country, in Northern Ireland,Wales and Scotland, visit your regional volleyball association for further info.

Beach Volleyball

group of friends playing beach volleyball

Arguably the most glamorous Olympic sport, beach volleyball is an excellent way of getting fit, having fun and enjoying being in the great outdoors. Exercise on sand can be up to 30% more strenuous than exercise on concrete surfaces and it's super sociable! All you need is a net, ball and people - the game will do the rest. Keep an eye out for regional events taking place across the UK on the British Volleyball website.

Outdoor Volleyball

Outdoor vollyball

Outdoor volleyball is played much the same as the indoor game, only the playing surface is different. It can be played on sand or on an outdoor court similar to a tennis court. The elements including wind are a major factor in playing the game outdoors. Water volleyball, played in the shallow end of a swimming pool, is similar to beach volleyball but uses a lower net. Even though it's considered a recreational activity, it requires aerobic fitness, muscular strength, endurance and great timing. Visit the British Volleyball website information about outdoor volleyball events near you.

Young people

Young volleyball players shaking hands at a match

There are plenty of volleyball clubs and initiatives encouraging children and young people to take part in the game. Volleyball England for example, have set up Let's Play Volleyball, a youth programme taking young players through the essential skills required to become a competent player. There are also a range of options for young people in Northern Ireland,Wales and Scotland.

Sitting Volleyball

men playing sitting volleyball

Sitting Volleyball is a fast, exciting and inclusive sport. It's very similar to traditional volleyball, but is played on a smaller court over a lower net. The only requirements are that you can sit unaided on the floor, move yourself around and can track a moving ball through the air. There is also the opportunity to compete in a national league and take part in various competitions both at home and abroad. Visit British Volleyball to find out more information.

Coaching and Volunteering

Coach training team member

Whether you have played in the past or have a keen interest in supporting talent, coaching opportunities are available in Northern Ireland,Scotland,Wales and England.Sport Coach UK can also steer you in the right direction.

Volunteers are extremely important too. For more info, see British Volleyball. You can also find volunteering opportunities via Join In UK,Volunteer Scotland and Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland.

What's next?

1. Go to our Activity Finder to get into volleyball near you.

2. Find your local volleyball club in Northern Ireland,Wales,Scotland and England

3. Share your story and inspire others!

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