This weekend, Leeds made history in their debut at the national junior finals! On Saturday, the U16 Leeds boys fought in a tough five set battle against London Sharks and took silver. On Sunday, the U15s defeated the 11-time champions, Richmond, and proudly took home GOLD!
The team was coached by Pete and Elaine and looked after by team manager, Scott Cosgrove (TFA Senior Vice Principal). After narrowly missing out on the finals last year, the boys were determined to take the title this year! The level of rapid progression and early success has been nothing short of remarkable. This is a direct result of hard work, determination and passion for the game from both the coaches and players who have relentlessly put their hearts and souls into volleyball. The full match can be seen through the following link: https://www.youtube.com/live/IMAIAtPemY0?feature=share
Congratulations to the following students who represented Leeds at the national finals:
Essay Mulubrhan – TRGA
Naby Bangoura – TRGA
Ionnis Dimitrokopulos – TRGA
Kishore Arumgam- TRGA
Josh Cosgrove – TFA
Emmanuel Oretoye – TFA
Bartek Leniart – BA
Ariel Nsanja – BSA
Adam Chan – TMA
It was fantastic to have crowd support from Sir John Townsley, Ben Cox, Leeds coaches and players as well additional students from TRGA and TFA! Both Leeds teams were hands down the crowd favourites as the boys’ celebration for each point and sheer joy on court was contagious. Leeds Gorse is now on everyone’s radar as a top contender.
Thank you, teachers, for all your support towards volleyball and helping provide opportunities for students to learn, train and play. Thank you, GORSE, for providing volleyball the resources and space to grow into one of the top programmes in the UK and enabling students to pursue their highest potential and achieve greatness. And finally, a huge huge thank you to Elaine and Pete, your passion and commitment to volleyball and the trust is truly unbelievable, and this would not have been possible without you. You should both be very proud!
Good luck to the 14 Gorse students attending the final round of Yorkshire trials this weekend as well as Josh Cosgrove (TFA), Fola Aladese (TFA), Daniella Tchandeu (TRGA) and Krystina Ngatcha (TRGA) who will be attending trials for the England Youth Commonwealth Games Beach Volleyball teams!