England Teams Announced Ahead of NEVZA U19 Championships

26th October 2016

England Teams Announced Ahead of NEVZA U19 Championships

England Teams Announced Ahead of NEVZA U19 Championships

The NEVZA U19 Championships makes its UK debut this weekend 28-30 October, as the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering hosts twelve teams, competing to be champions.

After finishing in third place (boys) and sixth place (girls) respectively last year, the teams are hoping for further success this year.

Rachel Laybourne, head coach for the girls said: “This is the first time we’ve held the NEVZA U19 in England and that’s really exciting for the team.

“We’re on a holding camp in venue this week, so we’ve had time to acclimatise which is advantageous as the home side.

“We’re focusing on tournament, our first game up against Sweden will be a tough match but it’s a good chance for us to work out our nerves. Our target match is the second game against Iceland.

“It’s a young team, with lots of development to come but we’re feeling positive. We have a stretch target of fourth place but we’ll be taking it one game at a time.”

The girls team will include a number of players from the squad who competed in the CEV European U19 Championships earlier this year. It will also feature a number of talented beach players, including Ellie Austin and Anaya Evans, who have been playing on the international junior beach circuit throughout the summer.

The England boys team will be boosted by the inclusion of Malory Eagles’ Ryan Poole who made his England senior debut earlier this year when then men returned to international duty in May. The side also includes Joe Palombo of Essex who recently made it onto the NEVZA U17 Dream Team and brothers Javier and Joaquin Bello, who made history when they won the NEVZA U17 Beach tournament in July.

Kevin O’Malley, team manager for the boys’ team, said: “We’ve had a very intense training camp this week which has gone really well.

“We’ve got new players in the squad who have moved up from the cadets but they have gelled well and we’re now all ready to go and meet the competition.

“We’ll be fine tuning over the next couple of days and hoping to perform well.”

This year’s NEVZA U19 Championships involve teams from Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Denmark and England with Finland having withdrawn from the age group this year.

Tickets are available on the door and the full match schedule can be found here.

All matches will be streamed live and details will be released on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages on Friday morning.


England U19 Boys

Daniel Sach                Team Essex                                        Chelmsford

Ashley Toomey           Team Essex                                         Chelmsford

Zac Omoshebi             Malory Eagles                                      London 

Javier Bello                 Richmond Volleyball                             London 

Joaquin Bello              Richmond Volleyball                              London

Joe Palombo               Team Essex                                         Woodside Green

Ryan Poole                 Malory Eagles                                      Enfield

Zak Chambers            Team Essex                                         Chelmsford

Ed Van Wingerden        Wessex                                              Christchurch

Theo Lucas                 New Forest and Lymington Volleyball         Lymington

Arran Simon                Sheffield                                            London

Jack Williams              New Forest and Lymington Volleyball         Wimborne

England Girls U19

Rheanne Lord                            Sheffield                                     Thurlstone, Sheffield

Eva Borrowdale                         Sheffield                                      Sheffield

Georgia McGovern                     Taunton                                         Taunton

Amber Davies                          Sheffield                                         Weymouth

Saskia Freitas Schoeffel              Malory Eagles                                Oxford

Faye Hills                                Team Essex Volleyball Club               Chelmsford

Anaya Evans                            Academy of Beach Sports                  Croyde

Isobel Russell                          Ashcombe Volleyball Club                  Betchworth

Holly Bentley                           Team Essex Volleyball Club               Chelmsford

Ellie Austin                              Academy of Beach Sports                  Croyde

Danielle Webb-Porto                  Academy of Beach Sports                  Taunton

Katy Murmanis                        Black Country Volleyball              Wolverhampton



England Teams Announced Ahead of NEVZA U19 Championships