Volleyball and Karate update

Volleyball – Coach Brown.

Cornacchia World Cup – Pordenone, Italy

From 28 March through 2 April, Leeds Gorse Volleyball Club send top players to represent Leeds and England at the 42nd Cornacchia World Volleyball Cup in Pordenone, Italy. Half of these players were GORSE students who have committed wholeheartedly to the volleyball programme.

This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our players to experience international volleyball at some of the highest levels in Europe. Prior to this trip, only players selected for international matches through England and students from Richmond and Boswells have experienced this atmosphere.

For some of our students, this was their first time away from home, first time flying on a plane and first time being abroad. All of our students had a fantastic time and have gained a noticeable new sense of self-confidence from this experience.

Of the five English clubs that competed this year, we finished the competition with the best rankings as our girls placed 11th and the boys finished 12th. Although there was some fierce competition in the top of each category, neither team was out of their depth and will be top contenders in the future now that they have this experience under their belts. Players now understand the levels they are working towards, how to carry themselves, why we promote the GGH programme, and how big of an impact nutrition, sleep, hydration, strength and conditioning and mental health all have during competitions like this. Students will also made friends with players from Italy, Czechia, Poland, USA and Austria and will remember this experience for the rest of their lives.

April GORSE camp
Over forty students across GORSE came together for a week of skills, drills and play at The Ruth Gorse Academy during the first week of the break. Students had a great time keeping fit, staying active and learning new tips and tricks from former professional, Coach Nelson Murangwa, and former England star, Coach Holly Bentley.

Daniella was a top competitor at the European Qualifier 2024, Spain
Daniella Tchandeu from The Ruth Gorse Academy, returned from Italy with just enough time to recover before setting off to the European Qualifier with the England Cadets in Spain. The team drew a tough pool facing Germany, Spain and Estonia, however, Daniella was a standout competitor! Coaches across England agreed her experience playing in Super League at Leeds massively helped her gain the mental awareness and speed necessary to compete at this level. Although they were unsuccessful in advancing this year, this is the farthest level the England girls have reached.

National Finals
The U16 Leeds GORSE boys will face Boswells School in the national final on Saturday 20 April at 11am at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering! We will post the link for the live stream on the GGH Instagram account. Following the match, Leeds Gorse Volleyball Club are finalists for Club of the Year at the annual Volleyball England Awards. On Sunday 21 April, the U15 Leeds Gorse girls will compete against Richmond in their first national final at 4pm. Good luck to everyone as it will be a big weekend!


Karate – Coach Preston

Easter camps 

This Easter break we saw 41 students across both secondary and primary attend the GORSE Karate camp with an average of 33 students on each day. We had a lot of student feedback from last year and had a change of venue to the Stephen Longfellow Academy to make it more accessible. I am pleased to say it was a great success! The hard work, effort and dedication put in by the students was phenomenal and most of those who attended will be on track for competitions and gradings. We have also managed to grade 2 students (Cheryl and Alvin from TMA) to their Red belt as they were unable to attend the last grading due to their commitments with other sports in their academy. So please be sure to congratulate them as they have worked really hard for this achievement!

As this was the first year which primary students have been allowed to attend it has been amazing to see their involvement and commitment into this support. I do want to say a massive thank you to the support of Richmond Hill for having their minibus available for students who would not have been able to get to the camp otherwise.

I am excited that we will have both the Primary and Secondary camps back running for the summer break and I cannot wait to see the progress of the students between now and then!


Other news

Coach Brown assisted with England U22 Men team’s debut in Northern Ireland

Under the restructure of the national programme, a new U22 Men’s team has been formed. Elaine was recruited over winter to start coaching with the England Men’s programme. The team was put to the test in their first competition against Northern Ireland’s Senior Men and came out victorious winning all three of their matches.
Elaine will bring back insight from both international coaches and players and apply where applicable across GORSE.