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August 2013 - Club Update

Below is an email Andrew recently sent round to all club members.  If you did not receive it but would like to receive future emails, please let him know your email address add his Hotmail email address to your contacts to help make sure it doesn't get caught by your spam filter.

It’s been a great summer for volleyball in Stowmarket with us able to play on two and often three courts on The Rec twice a week for most weeks since mid-May.  At the high-performance end of the club we also had regular beach volleyball training at the Copleston Centre for the first time!  There have been some good results in the competitions we’ve entered – of particular note: Blanca, Louise, Marek and Nick are Mixed Champions at the Suffolk Open; Chris S, Kevin and Mark won the Lowestoft tournament and Chris S and Mark finished in positions 1 & 2 in the Saturday competition at the prestigious King and Queen of the Beach Tournament in Croyde.  Meanwhile, joining forces with Brentwood, Chris W and Jack won the Cambridge tournament.  Unfortunately in doing so, Chris twisted his ankle; we wish him a speedy recovery.

Sunday Open Sessions

Now it’s getting darker earlier, it is time to move indoors, with the session on Wednesday the 28th of August being our last outdoor session of the summer.  Our open sessions for adults and youth (age 14+) on Sundays will now be two hours, from 6-8pm in the Main Hall at Mid-Suffolk Leisure Centre in Stowmarket.  Prices for this will be £6 per session, or £13.50 per month (all-year-round) by standing order for adults and, for under-19s: £3 per session / £6.75 per month (all-year-round) by standing order.  Entries into the Suffolk Indoor Series (Maidenhall tournaments), Suffolk Open and Lowestoft Beach tournaments will be covered for those choosing to pay by standing order.  Over the year, the standing order option offers a 30% discount on the pay-as-you-go price. 

The dates for the Suffolk Indoor Series have not yet been released.  As soon as they are, they will appear on the Suffolk Volleyball Association website.


Our junior sessions for ages 9-14 in the gym at Stowmarket Middle School will move to Wednesdays.  They’ll resume on the 25th of September and will run from 5:45-6:45pm each week.  The cost will be £25 for all the sessions in the autumn term.  Please spread the word to those you know with children!

Stingers – Tuesdays

As well as our adult / youth open sessions, Stow Stingers also have sessions for ladies and recreational-level men.  These are on Tuesdays from 7-9pm at Stowupland and are organised by Pat Lambert and usually coached by Alan Jones (Senior).  They have similar costs to our Sunday sessions.  For more information, contact Pat:

New clubs – Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and North-East Ipswich

We will be starting new clubs in Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and North-East Ipswich over the next few months!  The Bury sessions will be at the Leisure Centre on Sunday afternoons from 2-3:30pm for adults and youth (14+) and 3:30-5pm for juniors (ages 9-14), starting on the 29th of September.  The Haverhill sessions are expected to be on Wednesday or Thursday evenings form 6-7:30pm at Castle Manor Academy and the Ipswich sessions are expected to be on Saturdays from 2-4pm at St Albans High School.  The Haverhill and Ipswich sessions are expected to start later in the autumn.

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To help make the club bigger and better, we could do with some help in various areas.  If you’re willing to help out in any way, please let Andrew know and we’ll find a role that is suitable for you!

That’s it for now, hopefully see you soon!



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