The PBVA is the umbrella organisation, as recognised by the English Volleyball Association, for all volleyball in the conurbation of Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Wimborne and surrounding areas.  It's voluntary committee consist of volleyball players (or former players) who organise matches and coaching sessions (including novice, and advanced, tournaments), and generally promote the sport locally...

... this includes both beach volleyball and Indoor league volleyball.

Essentially, this results in competitions such as the Sandbanks Beach Volleyball Classic, and the Winter League.

Both of these competitions demonstrate the ideal of promoting the sport, in that they provide opportunities for people of different ages, gender, and sporting ability.

At one end of the spectrum we have complete beginners (youths or adults) who maybe more interested in the social / fun aspect of volleyball, than aspiring to achieve any sporting prowess, and at the other end of the spectrum there are players of great ability, who also play (or have played for in the past) National Volleyball squads.

In truth, the average player just likes the game, a bit of healthy exercise, the social interaction, and a couple of beers afterwards (obviously, to quench the thirst whilst discussing the merits of the game).

So the PBVA would like to invite any person who thinks that they would like to try volleyball, to read through the teams pages and contact one of the many local volleyball clubs... it's great fun, and we will look forward to seeing you on the court!


Welcome to the PBVA 2006/7 website. It covers volleyball all the way from the Isle of Purbeck to the New Forest, and not just Poole and Bournemouth

Get involved I feel that most players enjoyed their volleyball last season, even if the results did not necessarily go their way.  Most matches were close, and played in a friendly spirit.  The Mark Pitman Memorial Tournament brought players closer together, since the format meant that they did not play with their normal team-mates. I hope that this coming season is similarly enjoyed.

This area is one of Britain ’s volleyball strongholds. The list of activities below shows how much we do. Many people help, but we could always do with more. Why not give a little bit of your time. It doesn't have to be regular, even once a year helps. Just speak to me on a Thursday evening, or ring me.

Juniors Our schools and junior development programme, sponsored by the Portman Building Society, is Britain ’s strongest.  It is part of Active Sport Dorset, and involves over 3,000 youngsters playing volleyball in 50 local schools, and over 180 junior teams playing matches. Portman BS sponsors: - coaching in schools (over 2,000 youngsters a year) - schools leagues at under 11, 12, 13 and 14 - schools championships at under 12, 13, 14, 16 and 18 - monthly Mini-Volleyball Grand Prix - junior training sessions in the evenings and at weekends, including on the beach in summer - the Wessex Volleyball under 11, 12, 13 and 14 mini-volleyball teams

Many youngsters join the Wessex Volleyball boys and girls squads – under 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 18. As well as playing in the junior competitions above, they also compete in the Winter League, PBVA Summer League, South-West Mini-Volleyball Grand Prix, and the English Volleyball Association’s under 15, 16 and 18 National Championships.

This comprehensive structure has resulted in winning over 30 National Championships (9 in the last 3 years), England Junior internationals, and South-West England under 15 and 17 players. This year, Wessex won the National Under 18 Women’s Championship, with 2 players playing for England Ladies, and another 3 playing for England Juniors.

Adults The mainstay of our adult volleyball is the Winter League. Played on Thursday evenings on 3 courts at Poole Sports Centre from September to May, it has 4 divisions, including a women’s only division. However, that's not all that the PDVA organizes for adults : - Summer League (indoors) - two adult novice tournaments each year - player skills development evening - Christmas fund raising tournament - Level 1 coaches course at Bournemouth University in November (plus a Level 2 course in 2005) - referees course

A number of the PBVA’s clubs run indoor training sessions for player improvement (see the Club Training Details page). Wessex Volleyball also runs teams in Women’s National League Division 1 and Men’s National League Division 3. These teams are drawn from a number of PDVA clubs, not just Wessex , but train together in addition to their PBVA club commitments.

Other organizations eg. language schools, also stage volleyball sessions and tournaments. One of England ’s biggest 6-a-side tournaments is the Poole Festival of Volleyball, held over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Beach Volleyball The mix of top players, large numbers playing, junior players, and the number of major tournaments staged here, make this Britain ’s premier beach volleyball area. Both Sandbanks VC and Bournemouth Beach Volleyball Club offer beach volleyball several times a week for adults, while Wessex Volleyball run junior beach sessions. In addition, many players set up their own nets on local beaches.

The Sandbanks Beach Classic, run by Wessex Volleyball in July, is Britain ’s biggest beach tournament, and included the British Championships (adult and junior) within it this year. Local players, Gooding and Weaver, won the British Men’s title, while other local players won the Men’s 4’s, Under 18 Women, the Under 16 Girls, the Under14 Girls, Under 16 Boys, the Under 14 Boys, Under 12 Boys, and Under 12 Girls.

Other beach tournaments are organised by Bournemouth Beach VC, while the Mark Pitman Memorial Tournament looks set to become a popular annual fixture.

This coming year In addition to all the above activities, the PBVA is introducing an individual registration scheme. Every player that wishes to play in the Winter League will need to be registered before they play. Among the benefits will be lower cost Thursday evening membership of Poole Sports Centre.

Finally, my thanks to the many people who make volleyball so successful in this area. Have an enjoyable year.

Geoff Allen


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