We believe that sport plays an integral role in the development of all young people. It leads to improved fitness, health and well-being, concentration span, attitude and academic achievement. Most importantly, however, we believe sport can give our young people experiences they would not otherwise have.

In order to enable our young people to experience the most wide-ranging opportunities possible, we run the “BIG 3” programme. The BIG 3 centres around three sports – Rowing, Volleyball and Karate – which we believe contribute to this trust-wide focus on improving the lives of the students in our care. These sports offer students with different skills and natural abilities, the opportunity to try something completely different and to rise to the very top of their sport as young athletes.

Volleyball at Gorse

In memory of Ruth Gorse, a highly respected PE teacher and player at Leeds Volleyball Club, The Ruth Gorse Academy and Leeds Volleyball Club created a partnership to launch an extracurricular volleyball programme. As the initial programme was successful, volleyball quickly spread across the Trust resulting in In The GORSE Volleyball Club. Volleyball is now part of the PE curriculum for years 3-11, and is supported by extracurricular clubs at each academy. Specialist Coach and Leeds Director of Youth Development and Inclusion, Elaine Brown, oversees The Gorse Volleyball Club and ensures each student across the Trust has an opportunity to give volleyball a go!


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EHC Mixed Volleyball Success

Before half term, the Elliott Hudson Mixed Volleyball team made history as they defeated Whitley Bay High School in the AOC Mixed Cup Quarterfinals and will now go on to compete in the AOC Semifinals! We are so proud of the determination and mental resilience shown from these students. They…

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CEV Coaches’ Convention 2023

Two Volleyball England members and coaches were among those to take part in the CEV Coaches’ Convention at the end of September. Elaine Brown, Director of Volleyball at Leeds Gorse, and Darren Lewis, England U17 Girls Head Coach, flew out to the event in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event targets coaches…

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