Club History

The Club was formed in 1976 by Geoff Allen when he started coaching a junior girls team. A boys team soon followed and the junior sections have formed the basis of the Club every since. The Club entered Men's and Ladies teams in the National League and both, with Geoff as coach, worked their way up the divisions into their respective Division 1's.


The Men, coached by Simon Golding, had their best league finish in 2000/01 and won the National Cup in the same year. Unfortunately due to the loss of key players the Club had to withdraw the Men's team from Division 1 although the Men's 2nd team, coached by Garry Joyce, won promotion to Division 2 in 2005. Despite continually losing players when they go to University, the Ladies team has established itself as one of the

top five teams in the country over the past years. As always both teams have very young squads with the Men and Women in the Super 8’s.

 
Numerous players from the Club have played for the South West teams, England Cadets, England Juniors and the England and GB Senior teams. Players that have come through the junior system and moved on to play for the senior international teams are

 

Men: Dan Hunter, Anthony Roberts, Danny Weemes, Chris Eaton, Wayne Veale and Andy Cranstone, Alex Robertson, Oli Kimber. Women: Nicky Tinsley, Amy Weemes, Lucy Wicks, Nicky Osborne, Jenny Hedgecock, Chantel Mortimer, Georgina Poulton, Zara Dampney, Helen Brown, Leanne Eddie, Hannah Ruddick,  Sarah Palmer and Vicky Palmer.

 

In 2011, Bournemouth University / Wessex teams finished first in the South West Mens and Womens Leagues without losing a match. The Club had one of their best adult seasons with the Women finishing 3rd in the Super 8's and reaching the National Cup semi final, while the Men won promotion, finishing as Champions of Div 1. They also won the National Cup, with a 3-0 win against previously unbeaten Northumbria. In 2014 the Mens 2nd team won promotion to Div 1 and the Men's 3 to Division 2S.

 

Today, the Club caters for indoor and beach (in the summer) volleyball, beginners to Internationals from age 8 upwards. Wessex are one of the top all round volleyball clubs and the most successful at junior level in England. We have won 1 English National Cup Senior title, 34 National Junior Championships as well as numerous South West titles. In 2002 / 03 Wessex won all four of the National Junior Championships (u16 and u18)

 

The junior part of the club provides opportunities for young people between the ages of 7 and 18 years to receive coaching and competition in events ranging from local mini volleyball tournaments to National Cup. All coaching is by qualified coaches who are trained and have been screened for their suitability for working with young people.

Club Honours

Volleyball England National Cup

 

2015/2016

U18 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U18 Girls CHAMPIONS!

 

2014/2015

U18 Boys Runners-Up

U18 Girls Runners-Up

U16 Boys Runners-Up

 

2013/2014

U16 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U15 Boys Runners-Up

 

2012/2013

Men CHAMPIONS!

U18 Boys Runners-Up

U15 Girls Runners-Up

 

2010/2011

U16 Boys Runners-Up

 

2009/2010

U18 Boys Runners-Up

U18 Girls Runners-Up

U16 Boys CHAMPIONS!

 

2008/2009

U18 Boys Runners-Up

U16 Boys Runners-Up

U15 Boys Runners-Up

U15 Girls Runners-Up

 

2007/2008

U18 Boys Runners-Up

U15 Girls Runners-Up

U14 Boys CHAMPIONS!

 

2006/2007

U18 Boys CHAMPIONS!

 

2005/2006

U18 Girls Runners-Up

U15 Boys Runners-Up

 

2004/2005

U18 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U18 Girls CHAMPIONS!

U16 Boys Runners-Up

U16 Girls Runners-Up

 

2003/2004

U16 Boys Runners-Up

 

2002/2003

U18 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U18 Girls CHAMPIONS!

U16 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U16 Girls CHAMPIONS!

U15 Boys CHAMPIONS!

 

2001/2002

U18 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U18 Girls CHAMPIONS!

U16 Girls CHAMPIONS!

U15 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U15 Girls CHAMPIONS!

 

2000/2001

Men CHAMPIONS!

U18 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U16 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U16 Girls CHAMPIONS!

 

1999/2000

U18 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U18 Girls Runners-Up

U16 Boys Runners-Up

U15 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U15 Girls Runners-Up

 

1998/1999

U18 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U15 Boys Runners-Up

 

1997/1998

U18 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U16 Boys CHAMPIONS!

 

1996/1997

U18 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U18 Girls CHAMPIONS!

U16 Boys CHAMPIONS!

 

1995/1996

U21 Men Runners-Up

U18 Boys CHAMPIONS!

U16 Boys CHAMPIONS!

 

1994/1995

U18 Boys Runners-Up

 

1993/1994

U16 Boys CHAMPIONS

 

1991/1993

U20 Men Runners-Up

 

1990/1991

U20 Men CHAMPIONS!

 

1989/1990

U20 Men CHAMPIONS!

 

1988/1989

U20 Men Runners-Up

 

1987/1988

U20 Men CHAMPIONS!

 

1986/1987

U20 Men Runners-Up

U16 Boys Runners-Up