Sitting volleyball is really good fun and played by both able bodied and disabled participants.
It’s great to improve your fitness levels – and a very social sport. Men, women, boys and girls can all play together. Sitting volleyball is rather similar to standing volleyball – except everyone sits on the floor and moves around the court using the hands and/or outstretched legs.
It is a non-contact, non-standing sport so it can be played not only by able bodied people but also by amputees and people with problems in their hips, knees or ankles.
ANYONE can play! Boris Johnson and Barbara Windsor (aged 75) try Sitting Volleyball at the London 2012 Paralympics
Link to Great Britain Sitting Volleyball on Facebook.
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GB Men's Sitting Volleyball team faced Holland in the 2011 European Championships.
Grand Prix Tournaments for Sitting Volleyball
From October to March, Volleyball England runs a monthly national "Grand Prix" tournaments for sitting volleyball teams. About 10 teams play all day. As well as providing an excellent competitive outlet for local teams, it also helps to identify individuals for the GB National teams. Teams like Portsmouth and Canterbury Wyverns are regular attendees - and in 2012/2013 a team combining Tonbridge and Bedfordshire players entered as "Kent & Beds". If you want to play... fill in the form above.
The tournaments are very good fun!
Dates for this years competition days are given below. When we get a viable team (asap!), I will contact them re entering the competition:
Volleyball England's report on the Sitting Volleyball tournament at Ashcombe in 2012 included: "... in the final match of Tier 2 Kent Wyverns went up against wild card entry and close neighbors Tonbridge.... was epitomized by the good nature and sportsmanship shown on court. All of Tier 2, and particularly the newer Teams to the competition demonstrated just what fun sitting volleyball can be."
Sanjib Sahota, Volleyball England Events and Competitions Manager, commented, “It was great to have a number of new faces playing and volunteering at the Grand Prix, it demonstrated legacy from the Paralympics which is great for Sitting Volleyball and it is something the Grand Prix can look to build upon".
Link to suggestion for a School Paralympic day (also contact us - we may be able to help)
Tonbridge Volleyball Club