Legacy equipment from all three of the volleyball venues at the Olympic and Paralympic Games has been distributed amongst Volleyball England’s membership.
The equipment which forms part of a strong volleyball legacy following the Games will help to support volleyball clubs, programmes and players across England. The kit that was donated from LOCOG included London 2012 post systems, nets, balls, post padding, ball cages and referee stands from Horse Guards Parade, Earls Court and the ExCel Centre.
Initially Volleyball England allocated the equipment amongst Development, Talent and Beach Hubs to ensure its benefits are felt across the entire sport. The final distribution was then carefully decided based on Volleyball England’s long term goals, the level of demand and areas where the equipment could make the most impact.
One of the recipients of the legacy equipment, Joel Roberts of LeAFAcademy, Bournemouth commented, “Here at LeAF we are very grateful for this kit and will definitely put it to good use!
“We have both indoor and indoor beach facilities on site, so the combination of equipment will really assist our training and the talent identification work we have in place.”
Lisa Wainwright, Volleyball England Chief Executive said: “This is a very important part of volleyball’s legacy and highlights the continual work that is being done to build a brighter future for volleyball.
“We are extremely pleased to have been allocated this by LOCOG and hope that the equipment branded with the London 2012 logo will help support and inspire volleyball clubs, players and coaches across the country.”
Volleyball England distributed the equipment on behalf of British Volleyball which was split amongst the home nations including; British Volleyball Federation, Scottish Volleyball Association, Volleyball Wales and Northern Ireland Volleyball.
The equipment legacy forms part of Volleyball England’s contribution to a wider legacy for the sport following the Games and is one of many projects helping to raise the profile of volleyball in England and get more people playing the sport.
Lord Sebastian Coe, LOCOG Chairman recently commented “I am delighted at the number of fantastic initiatives Volleyball England is managing, helping to deliver a real legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and harnessing that momentum for the future. A whole range of volleyball opportunities are being created, especially for young people, and I hope this will inspire more people to take up volleyball for life.”
For more information about Volleyball England’s London 2012 Legacy projects, please click here
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