St Edmund Arrowsmith under 16 girls volleyball winners
St Edmund Arrowsmith under 16 girls volleyball winners
Wigan teams triumph in region’s volleyball competition
14 July 2011
They were competing in the north west Let’s Play Volleyball festival which saw teams from across the region travel to Broad Oak High School in Manchester to celebrate the sport.

Around 563 young people - or 123 teams – took part, along with 40 young volunteers who helped to steward the event.

The festival is the biggest junior volleyball event in the UK this year.

The event was co-ordinated by Steve Kerr, a Volleyball England Community Development Coach who also works for Wigan Leisure and Culture’s Trust’s Sports Development Unit.

He said: “What and incredible day for volleyball. To have 563 young people enjoy the sport - many of whom have tried it for the first time - is a tremendous achievement.

“The day was really made worthwhile after seeing so many young people walk away with awards and smiles on their faces.

“Our aim was to inspire young people to play volleyball and from the great feedback we have received, I am confident those that where part of this grass routes event will continue to play in the future.”

The festival included young people from schools across the north west. More experienced young players who have come through the Premier League 4 Sport development programme also participated.

Medals were presented to winners and runners up by the Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Harry Lyons and event co-ordinator Steve Kerr.

The event was supported by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Sports Development Unit, Volleyball England, Manchester United Foundation and Salford City College

40 young volunteers from Salford City College, who were supported through Volleyball England’s Young Official and Leaders Award and gave invaluable support on the day.

The following were winners at the event:
U11 Boys Winners – St Monica’s Primary School (Warrington)
U11 Girls Winners – Sycamore Primary School (Warrington)

Let’s Play Volleyball competition
U14 Boys Winners – Weaverham High School (Cheshire)
U14 Girls Winners – Marske (Middlesbrough)
U16 Boys Winners – Blacon (Chester)
U16 Girls Winners – Blacon (Chester)

Premier League for Sport competition
U14 Boys Winners – Blackburn (St Bede’s High School)
U14 Girls Winners – Man City (Farifield High School, Tameside)
U16 Boys Winners – Wigan (St Edmund Arrowsmith)