a-z of sport: volleyball

Volleyball is an Olympic team sport in which two teams of 6 players are separated by a net.

People playing sitting volley ball

Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organised rules. It doesn't matter how old you are, how fit you are or whether you're able bodied or disabled. Volleyball is loads of fun and a very social game. It's the only hi-energy, zero body contact, mixed team sport you can play indoors and outdoors - whatever your ability. As a sport, volleyball requires skill, fitness, strategic thinking and the desire to play as part of a team, but whatever level you play at, volleyball can enhance your life, improving fitness and coordination.

Volleyball is an exciting, energetic and competitive team game.; it can be played anywhere, on the beach, in the garden or even in the pool. It is a popular sport, enjoyed by thousands of people in leisure centres, schools and universities and can be played both indoors and outdoors. 

Sitting Volleyball: is another version of Volleyball that has been adapted to allow anyone to participate including those with a disability. The game has become one of the most inclusive, fastest growing games in the world. 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. 

Wesport works alongside the National Governing Body of Volleyball to create more opportunities in the West of England. Visit Volleyball England for more information about how you can get started and find a club near you.

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Ron Richards