SW Regional Training

The South West Regional Girls & Boys Training Squads

  • Would you like to learn from a top coach?
  • Be part of a larger training program?
  • Compete in Junior Competitions?

The South West Squads are part of the Volleyball England Regional Talent Development Programme. Training is offered to girls and boys with monthly training sessions held from September to April.


The training is run to offer opportunities for young players to improve their play by working with the regional squad coaches.

To have the opportunity to meet other young players from around the region and enjoy working with a large ‘same age group’.

To prepare Regional Representative teams to compete in the National Inter Regional Championships.

There are four SW Squads and age groups

  • Girls Under 15’s. This means that you must be Under 15 on August 31st. #
  • Boys Under 15s. This means that you must be Under 15 on August 31st. #
  • Girls Under 17’s. This means that you must be Under 17 on August 31st.
  • Boys Under 17s. This means that you must be Under 17 on August 31st.

# (Girls & boys younger than 13 may train by prior agreement)

You will need to Book & Pay for each session in advance, the sessions are limited to 27 players, bookings will close on the preceding Friday at 23:50. The contact number given will be used by the SWVA as your Covid-19 Track and Trace contact number if required.

Please also print off the “Parent Consent form” and bring it along with you.  Parental-consent-form

  • Ages are as at 1st September in the season of the competition (as per the school year).
  • If Covid T&C’s change and we are unable to run these sessions, fees will be returned (minus commission payments).
  • All sessions booked are non-refundable, unless we are unable to provide the sessions as advertised.


FYI – SWVA Covid Paperwork;

Where to go for training;

Most training sessions are held at the Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter but some sessions are held in other towns. Please check the calendar to confirm the location of each session or contact the team manager.

  • Wellsway School LC, Chandag Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1PH
  • Riverside LC, Cowick Street, Exeter, EX4 1AF

How much does it cost?

The staff are all volunteers and unfortunately, it is necessary to charge fees for training and competitions, pluss we have seen additional venue costs since Covid.

  • Training fees are £15 (3 hours)
  • Training fees are £20 (4 hours)

Please always check the calendar for venue and times, these sessions are generally held in Exeter, Bristol and Bournemouth at different times.

What to Bring

Equipment to bring to each session : Pair of trainers/gym shoes, socks, shorts, training/  warm up shirt, knee pads, large water bottle water and a packed lunch all other equipment will be on site. (First Time: Parent Consent form)

2022 – 23 Staff

Head Coaches

U17 Girls – Dave Gunter dave.volleyball@hotmail.com
U15 Girls – Janna Rogers jannasportzcoach@gmail.com
U17 Boys – Ben Fairweather ben_fairweather@yahoo.co.uk
U15 Boys – Cliff Ball abcnball@hotmail.co.uk

Assistant coaches

  • Jeremy Harris
  • Florenie Ermeje
  • Neil Bentley
  • Ali Mitchell

Team Manager: Michaela Willis

If you need anymore details or would just like to contact someone, please email the appropriate head coach or team manager, contact details above.


Players who want to succeed in reaching the representative team will be expected to attend these training sessions regularly.

The Inter Regional Championships are usually held over the first or second May Bank Holiday each year. Teams will also be entered in other competitions during the training period, typically the Exeter Challenge events, Bristol Ladies and Plymouth Development events.