Article I wrote for Winchester News Online (January 2017) –
Sitting volleyball sessions for those of all abilities to experience will be starting in Hampshire later this week.
The council-funded club, to be held at the Hub in Eastleigh, will give participants the opportunity to see how the sport differs from standard volleyball.
Richard Osborne, the leading coach, told WINOL: “It is totally inclusive, you can have; young people, old people, disabled people, non-disabled people, women, men.
“It provides a level playing field, once your bum is on the floor everyone is exactly the same.”
Mr Osborne, who coached the Georgian national team to the 2014 Invictus Games semi-finals, said: “It’s also a really valuable way of helping people who aren’t disabled to appreciate and understand what disabled people are still capable of.”
The sport, which has featured in the Paralympics since 1980, follows similar rules to standard volleyball but strictly allows no form of standing.
The club, for anyone over the age of 16, will have weekly sessions costing £3.00 and take place from 6 -7 pm each Friday.
Mr Osborne is then organising a four-hour sitting volleyball workshop, for those interested in coaching the sport, at the same location in March.
It is the county’s second club for the sport after the Portsmouth based South Hampshire team.
For further information on the sessions visit http://www.hampshirevolleyball.org.uk/blog.php.