Massive cash boost for South Queensferry youngsters

Young volleyball players are celebrating a massive cash boost which will be invested in their future training.

Ian Brownlee, head coach of the club’s youth programmes, said: “The award means that we can invest in good quality coaching by paying experienced qualified junior coaches to work with the club’s youngest athletes.”

The club can now employ six part-time coaches to deliver weekly training sessions for the boys and girls teams.

It is hoped that over the next four years the number of members will spike, increasing from 60 junior players to 160. Ian admits this is an ambitious task, but with the recent success of the teams he says it is not unlikely.

City of Edinburgh Volleyball enjoyed terrific success in 2012. In the same year the organisation made history by winning the Scottish Cup for men and women, and the cups for under-18 boys, under-16 girls and under-16 boys.

Ian said: “Most of these athletes started off as beginners in the local schools and have worked their way up through the various age group programmes.

“Our club has a strong pathway through to the first division men and women, and this investment will help us grow and expand our junior section.”

The club is also planning to run volleyball sessions in all of the Queensferry cluster primary schools.

Heather Darling, active schools co-coordinator for the area, said: “The project will bring volleyball to more children, meaning they will be more active as a result.”

The sessions will start at Echline Primary School on Tuesday, September 8, and at Queensferry High School on Friday, September 11.