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It's an energetic team game that can be played at the beach, in the garden, indoors and even in the pool!

An Overview of Volleyball

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.

Sitting Volleyball is another version of Volleyball that has been adapted to allow anyone to participate including those with a disability.


  • Volleyball for an hour burns approximately 780 calories.
  • Striking the ball strengthens the upper body, arms and shoulders
  • The movement around the court builds the thigh and lower leg muscles.
  • Improves hand-eye coordination
  • Develops faster reflexes.
  • As a team game, it is an excellent way to develop communication skills and learn to work effectively with other people.


You can get a casual game going almost anywhere, be it the park, the beach, your back garden, university or even a swimming pool; all that is needed is a net and a ball. For more regulated play, clubs throughout the UK run training sessions and leagues for players of all abilities.


There are no specific pieces of kit required to play volleyball, with most people choosing to wear a t-shirt, shorts and trainers. Some players choose to use knee pads and elbow pads to provide protection from falls when playing on an indoor court.


  • Volleyball was created in 1895 by William G. Morgan, athletics director of the YMCA training school in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He invented the sport, which he called 'mintonette', for older members of the YMCA club. It took the name volleyball the following year.

Find Volleyball Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

National Governing Bodies

Volleyball England

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01509 227722

Boathouse Volleyball Club

Open Sessions (Tuesdays, Sept-April). Address: Birkdale School, Wheelwright Drive, Dewsbury. Postcode: WF13 4JB. Telephone: 01924 485755. Women's Training (Wednesdays). Address: Slead Syke Sports Centre, Finkil Street, Brighouse. Postcode: HD6 2NY. Teleph



Based near Birstall Retail park, and a ten minute drive from Leeds. Batley Sports and Tennis centre in reach for Leeds and most of Kirklees.

We offer programmes for Netball, Tennis, Football, Gymnastics, Swimming and many more.


Leeds Volleyball Club

Leeds Volleyball Club aims to provide a supportive environment in which people of all ages are offered a quality volleyball learning experience that is fun, equitable, safe, welcoming, and child friendly.

To promote and provide Volleyball playing o

Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Beckett University

Carnegie Coach Education specialise in the organisation and delivery of sports coach education and development qualifications.

St Bede's and St Joseph's Catholic College

St Bede's and St Joseph's Catholic College

We are a secondary school based on 2 sites. Ardor Site is the formally St Bede's School and Ignis which is the formally St Joseph's site.


West Riding Volleyball Club

We are volleyball club that is looking to increase volleyball opportunities across North, West and South Yorkshire. We currently run Junior Only sessions in Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield as well as Adult Only sessions in Leeds.

Better York

Better York

Better York Partnership. Delivering Leisure Centre services in York.

Bradford Social Volleyball Sessions

Bradford Social Volleyball Sessions

Whether you are a new or experienced adult player this is the session for you!

Volleyball England Foundation: Club/Group Grants

Volleyball England Foundation: Club/Group Grants

1:00am - Fri 31st December, 2021

The Volleyball England Foundation aims to provide financial support to help develop, educate and promote the health of individuals and groups through volleyball.

Rohan West

Participation Director

01509 227 740

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