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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Latest news

U15’s National Grand Prix Success

I just wanted to share some very exciting news. On Saturday 09/04, Volleyball England hosted the third and final round of the 2022 Grand Prix National Junior Championship series at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering. We are pleased to share the U15s boys Leeds Gorse Volleyball team placed third…

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The Gorse Volleyball Club has kicked off 2022 with a bang!

The Gorse Volleyball Club has kicked off 2022 with a bang! First, we have welcomed new volleyball coach, Pete Makowski, who also has links with Leeds Gorse Volleyball Club, Yorkshire Volleyball, Skyball (beach volleyball) and the England Cadets! The students have enjoyed working with him alongside our head coach, Elaine…

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