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Clare Francis

Clare Francis

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.

Saturday, 11 November 2017 18:02

Men through in Shield comp after 3-0 win

Riga men played Newcastle Staffs this weekend - looking for a win to get through to the next round in the Volleyball England shield competition to face Melton Lions.  A change from our usual venue - this match was hosted at Centre AT7 as Alan Higgs wasn't available.  The team settled into the game slowly and got their rhythm.  Charlie passed the ball expertly giving Robert options and enabling him to find Ro through the middle for some killer hits.  Tom dominated through four and strong blocking from Matt and Paul saw Riga take the set 25 - 14.

Sunday, 08 October 2017 14:43

New Coaching Role at University of Warwick

Our friends at the University of Warwick are currently looking for a new Coach for their volleyball teams.  It's a great role for coaches looking to get a bit more experience with some committed teams - and we thought it might be of interest to some of our members!  As you know, we work closely with the University and they host some of our training sessions outside of training times.  A number of our members are also studying at the Uni and playing in the Uni teams as well as for Riga.  All the details are available here - https://www.volleyballengland.org/about_us/about_us_/job_vacancies.  If you might be interested do get in touch!

Monday, 25 September 2017 19:00

News Flash! Change of night for Club sessions

NEWS FLASH! Club night recreational sessions will now be every Monday evening (rather than Thursdays). They will be from 8-10pm at Bablake school. Same great set up just a different night...adjust your calendars folks! This is effective straight away. See you there #volleyball #fun

Saturday, 09 September 2017 11:27

Riga Club Hoodies now for sale!

Club Hoodies are now for sale for the 2017/8 season.  The order will be placed mid-October so get your order in quickly by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Sunday, 23 July 2017 20:25

2017/8 Riga Committee

This year's AGM was held at the Varsity, University of Warwick at 8pm on Thursday 20 July.  A round up of all the action is set out below!  As we go into the 2017/8 season the committee is, as always, happy to hear any feedback you may have so that we can continue to help all members achieve their volleyball potential!  You can contact the committee via the Contact Us form on this website.

Sunday, 25 June 2017 22:08

Summer Training

Outdoor Summer Training kicks off from the first Thursday in July and, weather permitting, will be every Thursday throughout July and August.  The training will be at the Uni of Warwick on the Westwood Campus near the tennis courts (map attached).  The outdoor nets will be put up (from 6.30pm) and we'll play for as long as the light (or our legs!) hold up.  Great fun sessions for everyone to get involved in.  See you there! #goriga

Sunday, 09 April 2017 15:20

Men beat Manchester in 5 set thriller!

Having avoided automatic relegation the boys have two games left and need to win both to avoid the play offs (one being against league leaders Sheffield). To set up that clincher though they would first need to face InterVolley Manchester which was going to be a tough ask in any event.

Under Stand-In coach Coach Jon's watchful eye the boys had a nervous start. The teams traded points and Riga missed opportunities with service errors. There was a little bit of crowd disturbance that was quickly dealt with and the game resumed! From a time out at 13-20 down the men started to close the gap but Manchester took the set 25-21.