Volleyball England has come to the difficult decision to cancel all Volleyball England camps and competitions up until Wednesday, 20 May 2020. The termination of these activities will commence from 9am on Tuesday, 17 March. This will impact all upcoming games and events.
Read more here. Following this announcement the Berkshire Volleyball Association also has decided to suspend all upcoming games.
As a result of this and following the government’s advice, we regret to say that Reading Aces is also suspending the training sessions in all locations until further notice. We might introduce outdoor sessions in May but this is to be decided.
Stay safe and healthy and thank you fir your support!
Congratulations to our NVL ladies for winning 3-1 a crucial game on Sunday. They have faced Bristol VC (currently second in the league). It was an entertaining and tough game with ups and downs but our ladies showed an amazing fighting spirit, coming back from behind in the second set (and just missed on a win) and were 12-20 down in the fourth set but still have managed to win. 25-19, 25-27, 25-22, 26-24. MVP Carly. Well done girls and good luck next Sunday playing Cardiff (fourth in the league). #readingacesnvl #readingaces
Congratulations to our NVL ladies for winning their second game of the second leg 2019/20 against Ashcombe Dorking two weeks ago 25-16, 25-17, 26-24, 25-16. MVP Carly Lane! Well done! #readingacesnvl #readingaces
Geoff has spend a considerable amount of time looking into alternative training venues because of the problems with the post fixings at Loddon. There were a couple of very hopeful options for a while but these have both now evaporated. We are on the 3rd training plan, which uses only the 1 good court at Loddon for 3hrs (plus some extra time at Kendrick on a Monday). This plan goes to the end of the season to cater for the situation that Loddon don’t actually get the court fixed (which is a possibility!) but we can revert back to normal if/when the 2nd court is fixed.
We have tried to arrange the early/late sessions to best fit with the up-coming matches for each team – generally the early slot is preferred by most people and will probably therefore be better attended than the later slot. This works out quite neatly as NVL and BVA men have matches on alternate weekends over the next 6 weeks! And the Ladies BVA will be training Monday’s when their match is at the weekend. While this does mean that BVA will have the early slot next week (28th of January), NVL actually get several early slots together later on (as BVA don’t have any matches during that period).
Note that there is a suggestion to have an ‘All Ladies’ session for the early sloton 17th March(with Men on the late slot) as no one has a match that weekend, however we could revert back to straight BVA/NVL if necessary.
We have also negotiated with Laura at Loddon that, as well as the8:30-9:30warmup time/area, we can warmupfrom 7pmin the space occupied by the 2 badminton courts that are immediately adjacent to the good net (they keep badminton off these 2 courts for 1/2hr before our7:30start so they can get the volleyball net up (in theory!). So when you have the early slot if you can get there for 7ish you should get a 2 hour session!
There was an issue with putting the net up late on Tuesday and that the martial arts people took a significant time to clear away after our7:30start time and Loddon is going to sort that out as well.
We understand that this isn’t ideal and won’t suit all people all of the time however we think its the best we can do with the facilities available. Geoff had some negative feedback when trying to organise these sessions which has made this task less pleasent but thanks to those of you who have shown your appreciation for the time you have had to dedicate to do this.
If there is anyone out there who would like to help with this type of task then please let me know as I’m sure we’ll have some problem or other in the future that will require a big effort from someone to resolve!