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!
Volleyball this week will be Monday at Kendrick and Tuesday at Loddon Valley.
We will only have one court at Loddon but we have it for 3 hours from 7:30-10:30pm and there will be some extra space available to warmup etc.
This session is now open to everyone.
We will probably start playing games with the 1st 12 that turn up and then make other teams with those that turn up later to try to run some sort of tournament.
Please bring some snacks to share as we normally do.
I suggest that those that want to shower stop playing before the end as there won’t be much time after 10:30 before Loddon shuts. You can also stop playing and start the snacks before the end if you want (anytime after 9:30?)! We can do something different with those that are left at the end if necessary.
We will also try to run some sort of tournament/games tonight at Kendrick for those that normally come and anyone else who can’t make Tuesday’s session at Loddon. We’ll hopeufully have Kendrick until 10pm (then pub after for those that can stay?!).
Due to the technical issues at Loddon Valley, the normalBVA trainingsession will movefrom Tuesday toWednesday11th of December between 7:30 and 9:30 pm atArborfield Green Leisure center(RG2 9GB). NVL Ladies will train at Loddon valley on Tuesday as usual.
Monday nightsession at Kendrick is as usual this week.
Also please block Wednesday the 18th of December for Christmas Club Tournament.
If you have any questions regarding BVA session, please contact Geoff.
Hi everyone, we are planning to have our Christmas mealon Saturday evening14th Dec. More details to follow.
We plan to have aChristmas mini-tournamentat our last session before Christmas – everyone is welcome.
We currently only have one court available at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre. If this is the case next week thenBVA training will move toWednesday 11that Arborfield. (We will also try to get Kendrick to10pmon theMonday 9th.)
The mini-tournament should beon Tuesday 17th Dec.but if we still only have one court at Loddon this too will move toWednesday 18th Decat Arborfield