City of Edinburgh’s number has come up after winning Big Lottery funding to set up a new Under-13 programme for young volleyball players.
Funding of £1700 has been received from the Big Lottery 2014 Communities Fund for the new initiative which begins tomorrow and will be headed by Brazilian coach Juliana Facanha. She grew up playing volleyball in Brazil before moving to Scotland to study for a PhD at Heriot-Watt University.
“For me, this is a new experience and a great opportunity to pass on what I have learned about volleyball in Brazil and learn from coaching players in a different country,” she said.
The club won Scotland’s Club of the Year in 2012, in a season where they also won the Scottish Cup at U15 boys, U15 girls, U18 boys, senior men and senior women in an unprecedented clean sweep at the nationals final weekend. The funding will also be used to recruit and train new assistant coaches to work under Facanha.
Queensferry High School pupils Amy Grant, Holly Jones, Jonny Black, Craig Brown, Michael Lee and Euan Gibson, as well as Mary Erskine pupil Chloe Rutherford, have all been put through national coaching qualifications by the club.
The young coaches will work with Great Britain Olympic captain Lynne Beattie, who was appointed this year as the Scottish Volleyball Association East Regional Development Officer.
“It really is an amazing opportunity and an extremely exciting time ahead, showing not only the potential of the club but also where it has come from to produce great young players who are now able to give back to the sport as coaches,”Beattie said.
Ian Brownlee, the club’s youth academy head coach, said: “We are all so excited about this project which will give boys and girls from primary 5 to secondary 1 the opportunity to get great coaching in the Olympic sport of volleyball and learn fundamentals of team sports - attack and defence, and movement and ball skills that will help with all of their sporting activities.
“We are really grateful to the Big Lottery 2014 Communities Fund and to Active Schools Queensferry Cluster for all the support, and this shows that partnerships really do work to give young people in our community great opportunities.”