Council invests thousands in national volleyball centre

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Kettering Council has agreed to invest £40,000 over four years to help keep the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering.

The success of the National Volleyball Centre (NVC) has meant that Kettering has become recognised as the official home of volleyball. The NVC has become a world class indoor facility that has attracted elite teams from all over Great Britain and the centre has now been recognised by volleyball’s international federation, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), as a world development centre, making it the hub for international events.

This recognition will bring teams to Kettering from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands and puts the NVC, and Kettering, firmly at the centre of volleyball development across Northern and Western Europe.

The increase of teams and visitors to the NVC will also benefit hotels and restaurants in the area.

Volleyball England will be bringing more volleyball to the streets by working with Kettering Council on their summer celebration programme. Beach volleyball coaching sessions will be available on Kettering’s market place during the summer, culminating in an urban beach volleyball tournament on Saturday, August 3.

Valerie Hitchman, head of community services, said: ”We have had an excellent relationship with Volleyball England over the past three years and we can see this relationship will continue to grow. We will be working with them on some new and exciting projects over the next few months to make sure volleyball is accessed by all those that wish to engage in this exciting sport.”

Cllr Jan Smith, portfolio holder for community and culture, said: “Volleyball is providing a fantastic opportunity for our children and the community.

“As part of our Olympic legacy we are continuing to inspire a generation. Kettering Council helped fund the initial set up three years ago and the borough has seen a huge return on its investment. Volleyball England has increased the number of national competitions held at the National Volleyball Centre, the number of volunteering opportunities that can be accessed by local people and the secondary spend within the town and surrounding areas has been welcomed by local businesses.”

The chief executive of Volleyball England, Lisa Wainwright, said: “A big thank you goes to all those who were involved in helping keep the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering. The next four years promise to be an exciting time, not just for volleyball but for Kettering as well. We will be working hard to make sure the benefits of volleyball and the National Volleyball Centre are promoted right across the globe.”

For more information on Kettering Council’s summer programme visit www.kettering.gov.uk

For further events and to find out how to get into volleyball at the National Volleyball Centre visit www.volleyballengland/getintovolleyball