Cardiff University Volleyball Club
We are a vibrant and welcoming community brought together by a common love of volleyball. Every year many new members of all ranges of past volleyball experience join the club. We offer a great chance to develop your sporting skills, improve your fitness, and make friends through regular trainings and all manner of socials. Volleyball becomes a lifelong hobby for many of our members as they continue playing around the world after graduation. Come along to Sunday beginner sessions discussed below and try it for yourself!
Beginner to Intermediate Players
Trainings are Thursday 20:30 - 22:30 (intermediate) and Sundays 16:00 - 18:00 (beginner) at Talybont Sports centre. Expect fitness, drills, games and dedicated coaching by our Beginners' Coaches . We hold several recreational tournaments each year and make weekend a weekend trip to a tournament in Warwick as well as our annual tour with Deepdish to Portugal.
Teams Representing Cardiff University
Our Women's team currently compete in the premier division of BUCS, the main university league for most sports. Our Men’s teams compete in divisions 1 and 2. Additionally, we compete in both the Indoor and Beach Student Cups. Last but not least we play Varsity, versus our rivals Swansea University, which both our teams won this year.
Specialist team trainings for men’s firsts and women are on Tuesdays, 18:30 - 20:30 in Talybont Sports Centre. Expect dedicated and intense training with highly experienced coaching. We hope to support the development of players and win for Team Cardiff. Team players have lots of fun together and also get to know all club members through mixed abilities training and socials.
Tryouts are held for teams at the start of each term, but players may also be invited to join after attending an intermediate training session (see above). Potential players are advised to keep Wednesdays as free as possible for travelling to away matches, but we would still love to have you if that's not possible. Players with national or international experience may be substantially supported by Cardiff University's High Performance Programme.
As well as the weekly Wednesday socials at the SU, Volleyball host all sorts of socials, varying from laser-tag to ice-skating to fancy dress events. We start the beginning of the year with a social to welcome to our freshers, and at the end of the year we all dress up in our fancy clothes and have a ball. We go away at least twice a year with our annual competition weekend at Warwick University an the Deepdish tour to Portugal. Find us on Facebook, TikTok and Instagram for the latest news and event updates. Social members are always welcome as well!
We are so grateful to have The Taf as our official sponsor this year! We will be holding many of our socials there (and gain free entry into YOLO before 11:00!!)
Volleyball in wider Cardiff
Cardiff is an excellent place to play volleyball. It's home to several clubs and recently opened beach volleyball courts! Several of our members also play for other clubs in Cardiff such as Team South Wales and Cardiff Volleyball Club
Membership and Trying it Out
Membership for 2023 - 24 will be purchasable from mid-September. Non-members are welcome to two sessions per year, for £2 each time - payable online. We always welcome new members of all abilities throughout the year! Please attend a beginners Session first (or tryouts at the start of term) and if experienced you may be invited to team training as well.
Membership includes all training and socials as well as competition fees and transport to weekly matches for team players. The only significant non-included costs are clothing and occasional weekends away. We are generously supported by Cardiff University Athletic Union to enable this. Buying kit is only mandatory for team members.
We welcome your enquiries! Email Volleyball@cardiff.ac.uk or find us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn
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