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Clare Francis

Clare Francis

Monday, 09 July 2018 21:05

Riga tournament - the results

This weekend saw the annual Riga tournament take place in the sunshine at the University of Warwick.  The colour of the grass showed the heat of the weather this year - but that didn't stop the teams coming out in force!  John Boughton (tournament organiser) got the proceedings under way with a captains meeting and a brief recap of the rules of the tournament and then it was all action, smiles and volleyball for the rest of the day.

The final standings were:-

1st place - Pierogi

2nd place - Draugi

3rd place - Alex's crew

4th place - Class on grass

5th place - Vertically challenged

6th place - Riga 1996

 

Thanks to all the teams for coming along to take part and thanks to John for all the organising.  See you again next year!

 

Monday, 09 July 2018 13:13

AGM - Thursday 12 July

Join us for this years AGM at the Varsity from 8pm. There will be a recreational session at the outdoor courts at the Uni from 6pm before the AGM for those that want to get their volleyball fix! 

Do come along to have your say on the future of the club. If you are interested in standing for a committee position and/or any specific ad hoc roles just get in touch via the Contact Us button or ask one of the current committee to find out more. 

See you all there. 

 

Friday, 15 June 2018 08:37

Riga Tournament date - Sunday 8 July

This year's Riga summer tournament will be held on Sunday 8 July.  It will be held at the University of Warwick (CV4 7AL).  The games will be played at the Westwood campus - see attached picture for exact location of the courts.  For more information download the tournament flyer below.

Registration will be at 9.30am with play starting at 10am.  Mixed, mens or ladies teams are all welcome to enter.  The tournament is played outdoors in a fun and friendly atmosphere.  BBQs are strictly prohibited (any type) at the venue this year. 

To enter download the tournament flyer below and email your entry form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It is £30 per team to enter.  Payment details are on the entry form

We look forward to welcoming you all to this year's tournament - and hope for sunny weather!

  

Monday, 28 May 2018 09:42

Riga awarded Clubmark accreditation

Coventry & Warwick Riga is proud to announce that it has been awarded the Clubmark accreditation.  Clubmark is Sport England's national accreditation scheme for high quality community sports clubs and stands for higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management. It shows that we, as a Club, provide the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.

Accreditation involved the Club going through a rigorous assessment process where we were tested against 24 separate criteria.  The committee submitted various documents and information about the Club to the Sport England assessors for them to review and approve.  We then hosted one of the assessors at a West Midlands training session at Bablake so that they could see first hand Nick's coaching in action and meet some of the members to get a proper feel for the Club.

The feedback was excellent and we were particularly highlighted for having "a pathway of training sessions", being a "Club that is willing to support the internal development of volunteers" and a "Club has a welcoming feel"   Nick's session was described as "differentiated based on ability level of players and all participants were enjoying the session and active throughout".  A massive thank you to the West Midlands ladies for letting the assessor visit their session to help us get the accreditation.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend Riga West Mids ladies travelled to Hereford for their last league game of this season. Having only lost one league game all season (right at the start to Hereford) there was all to play for with the winner likely to be league champions 2018!

Sunday, 29 April 2018 13:14

End of NVL season round up

The NVL season has reached its end.  Here's a quick round up of the action from our two NVL teams.  The West Midlands ladies still have a few games left to play yet and a shield semi-final (and let's hope a shield final!).  

Sunday, 29 April 2018 12:54

Summer Tournaments 2018

As the season's coming to an end attentions change to focus on the summer volleyball tournaments!  We've listed a few of the most popular ones below.  A full list is available (including the beach tournaments) on the Volleyball England website.  If you are running a tournament and it's not listed here, but you think it would be of interest to the Riga players, send us details via the Contact Us page and we'll add it!

Saturday, 10 March 2018 16:06

Sarah

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to longstanding Club member Sarah Halling who sadly passed away last week.  Sarah was our good friend.  Her love for volleyball started when she played at the University of Warwick as a student.  Sarah has been a long time member of the Club.  On the court she very much welcomed the position of libero coming along as Sarah was an ex-England football goalkeeper in her youth and used those skills to dive around the back court as libero keeping the ball up and keeping Riga in many a match over the years.  Off the court, Sarah was a dedicated Club member.  She was Vice Chair of the Club a few years ago and has still been a regular helping with the line judging at fixtures and supporting the teams. 

This weekend the NVL teams each hosted Team Sunderland on Saturday at the Alan Higgs Centre in Coventry.  The ladies kicked off first and started strongly with good serving putting the visiting team under pressure. Jules provided an excellent first ball and allowed Sophie to use all options bringing Mafalda and Sylwia into the game through the middle attack.  Riga soon finished off the set 25 - 20.

This weekend saw the NVL host Leeds (ladies) and Melton Lions (men) at Alan Higgs on Saturday.  The ladies were up first against Leeds and shot out of the blocks with strong serving all round.  Excellent passing from Jules gave Sophie lots of options and Enrica won point after point through four.  The Riga ladies dominated the set and a time out for Leeds at 10- 23 down was too late as Riga took the set from Sylwia's serve 25-12.

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