Coaching Team

Matt Hunter

VE Level 1

Head Coach Men Super League

Experience:

England Cadet, Junior and Senior Indoor International. Over a decade competing in Junior and Senior World, European and NEVZA Beach Events. Coached super League teams for past 3 years alongside Andy Jones.

Best Achievement:

U21 World Beach Championships

Favourite Player:

Phil Dalhausser (USA)

Dave Gunter

VE Level 3

Head Coach U18 Girls

Experience:

Head Coach Wessex NVL, Junior girls, South West U17 Girls and the University of Southampton Men and Women 1st teams.

Volleyball England Tutor.


Best Achievement:

Winning the Inter-Regional Championships as Head Coach of the South West U17 girls.

 

Favourite Player:

Any player who shows commitment, work hard and give their best.

Geoff Allen

FIVB & VE L3

Head of Mini Volleyball

Experience:

Over 50 years coaching experience covering all ages groups from beginners to senior internationals. England Men and England Junior Women Assistant Coach Coach to England South Cadets and South-West Junior Men
Coach to Wessex Men and Women National League teams for over 40 seasons.

Favourite Player:

Probably Karch Kiraly of the USA, who is the only player to win Olympic gold medals at both indoor and beach 

Helen Rushby

VE Level 1

Assistant Coach U15/U16 Girls

Experience:

I started playing aged nine and regularly competed in junior tournaments. I've been coaching junior girls with Wessex since 2016. 

 

Best Achievement:

Coaching both the U15 and U16 girl's squads in Round 2 of the National Cup

 

Favourite player:

Monica de Gennaro 

Julie Chadbourne

VE Level 1

Assistant Coach

Experience:

I started playing very late in life! 

I have been assisting coaching/coaching on and off since 2004.

 
Best Achievement:

Representing England on behalf of Customs


Favourite Player:

Francesca Piccinini from Italy.

Dan Hunter

VE Level 3

Head Coach Women Super League

Experience:

Played 100+ times for Great Britain and competed in the London 2012 Olympics. Ex professional player. 

Coached Super League Men and Women's squads, England Junior, Wessex Juniors, Drost VZK Men 1 (NED), Landstede Women 2 (NED).


Best Achievement:

Competing at London 2012

 

Favourite Player:

Sergio (BRA)

Anthony Roberts

VE Level 3

Assistant Coach U18 Men

Experience:

NVL Coach, South West Boys Coach, Junior Boys (U18, U16 and U15) for over a decade. Ex-GB International Player.


Best Achievement:

As a player - GB International as a player
As a coach - Joint 3rd place in 2010 Under 15 Boys' Championships. 2010 Under 14 Boys' British Beach Champions.

Natasha Chedgy

VE Level 2

Assistant Coach

Experience:

Over 50 caps for representing England Women. Captain of British Students

Winning the National Championships and Cup with Brittania and Malory many times over. Player of the Year Premier Division (can't remember the year!)

 

Favourite Player:

Mireya Luis and Misty May Treanor certainly inspired me back when I began playing. All the players who have / are playing Internationally from this country show true grit and determination to fund and push themselves on the world scene and deserve credit.

Jared Furbank

VE Level

Assistant Coach

Experience:

 

Favourite Player:

Sophie Acott

VE Level 1

Assistant Coach

Experience:

 

Favourite Player:

Wayne Tinsley-Veale

VE Level 2

Head Coach Women 2

Experience:

Coached Wessex Men 1st , 2nd teams and Wessex mini volleyball.Coaching Philosophy -Always give 100%, this will give you the chance to succeed.  Also play and train with a smile.

Best Achievement:

England Junior Men's Captain, GB Men's international

 

Favourite Player:

Steve Timmons

Lynn Allen

VE Level 2

Head Coach U15 Boys

Experience:

30+ years coaching, Wessex Mens Div 1, Wessex Junior Men and Women, SW U17's and Mini Volleyball, Schools.

Best Achievement:

Winning National Championships with outstanding team performances. Sport England Coach of the Year (Amateur, team). VE Coach of the Year. VE Female Coach of the Year.

 

Favourite Team:

Teams playing fast exciting volleyball

Amy Weemes

VE Level 1

Assistant Coach

Experience: 

Played for England and Great Britain from the age of 13 through Juniors to Seniors. Captained the England Junior team for 4 years. Competed at the World U18 beach championships in Greece.

National Champion with Wessex U15/16/18

 

Best achievement:

At 15, acing the #1 seeds at match point in the UK beach tour final 

 

Favourite player:

Danny Weemes (proud sister!) 

Ellis Phillips

VE Level 1

Assistant Coach U18 and U16 Men

Experience:

Wessex player for over 5 years, playing in the national Cup for 3 seasons. UKBT national player, Portuguese beach tour, and aspiring professional. I have coached Solent University's first teams for 3 years, having formed the club 3 years ago.

 

Best achievement:

Being able to perform and take part at such a high level on the court and on the sand.

 

Favourite player:

A close friend of mine, Brianna Gardner, someone I will always aspire to be like on and off the court

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