Coaching Conference

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2017 Coaching Conference

The annual Coaching Conference presents an opportunity to attend a development day, which features workshops, technical clinics and the chance to network with coaches based around the country.

The conference is for coaches of all levels of experience, and will be held on Sunday 10th September 2017 from 10am - 5:30pm at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering.

Masterclass on Attack with Jefferson Williams

We are delighted to announce that Jefferson Williams will be delivering a 'Masterclass on Attack' at the 2017 Coaching Conference, on Sunday 10th September.

Currently serving as Talent Director at Volleyball England, Jefferson brings a wealth of experience from over 25 years (and counting) as Head Coach at Malory Eagles VC in addition to holding positions such as Head Coach of England Senior Men and Head Coach of England Women's Development Squad over the years.

This masterclass at the Coaching Conference presents an excellent opportunity to learn from one of the top/most experienced coaches in England.

Designing a System of Play for Your Players with Luke Thomas

We are delighted to announce that at the 2017 Coaching Conference on Sunday 10th September, Luke Thomas will be delivering a practical session to help you design a system of play to best suit the players with whom you are working.

Luke Thomas has been coaching volleyball for 16 years, working with male and female teams of all ages and levels. His positions have included Head Coach at Ashcombe Dorking in the Women's Super 8s for four years and Assistant Coach to the England Junior Men's and Women's Teams. Currently Head Coach at Volleyball Development Camps, Luke has been fortunate to travel the world coaching and learning about volleyball and has spent several periods working in high performance camps in the USA.


Building a Successful Team with Branislav Kovac

We are equally delighted to announce that Branislav Kovac, Head Coach of Team Essex Blaze, will be sharing his experience on building a successful team after successfully coaching his side to victory in NVL Division 1 in the 2016-17 season. If you're looking to find out about teamwork fundamentals and want to give your team the best chance of being successful in the upcoming season, then this is the session for you.

Building on his experience as a former semi-professional player in Slovakia, Branislav Kovac has been coaching for five years. He is currently Head Coach of Essex Blaze, who will make their debut season in the Super 8s for 2017-18, and Head Coach of Hertfordshire University Volleyball Club, covering both the women in BUCS Division 1 and the men in BUCS Division 2. Additionally, Branislav brings a wealth of multi-discipline experience having been the Head Coach of the Great Britain Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team since 2015, a role he continues to this day. 


Help your players overcome physical barriers to improve their performance with Gary Hutt

Session Summary

It’s a fairly common to see volleyball players in England that are very skilled technically and tactically, however face physical barriers limiting their overall performance on-court. This session will be looking at the technical and tactical requirements of volleyball training through a physical lens. The session aims to explore the ways in which physical barriers can be tackled by the coach without impacting on the finite training time they have access to with each athlete. This coaches will leave with physical training drills they can apply in their sessions, as well as a different lens to look at technical training through to achieve the response they are looking for from the athletes they work with.

Gary Hutt has over 10 years’ experience of delivering high performance strength and conditioning to athletes competing from grass roots to elite level across an impressive number of sports. Most notably, Gary has over 5 years’ experience working with Volleyball athletes including the GB women’s team in preparation for London 2012 and athletes across the England National Talent Pathways.

As the founder and managing director of VolleyScience Ltd. Gary has created an online resource translating sport science for volleyball coaches, athletes and parents to use and apply to training. Additional, he has designed and built the PBJumps online training program for volleyball athletes, which individually tailors physical training to the needs of each individual volleyball player it supports.

Want to take part in the Coaching Conference as a player?

Are any you a player interested in taking part in the masterclass on attack and additional practical sessions at the conference?

If so, you can sign up here for the opportunity. 

Venue Location

National Volleyball Centre 
Thurston Drive 
NN15 6PB

Booking a hotel?

As a Volleyball England member, you have access to a preferential rate of £51 per night at the Holiday Inn Express Kettering.

Holiday Inn Express Kettering Address: 
Rockingham Road
NN14 1UD