Essex has a very strong junior history.


In the early to mid 1990's the Notely School and the Halstead School produced a number of England Junior player and reached the National Finals. From the mid 1990's to early 2000's Tendring Technology College/Tendring Volleyball Club where a major force in the National Finals and then from the mid 2000's to the current day The Boswells School in Chelmsford have won a number of National titles. Tendring are still a junior force but not what they once were.


Tendring Technology College have recently been nominated as a regional academy by Volleyball England while The Boswells School have set up their own academy program. 


There have been two high profile volleyball players from Essex in recent years. Firstly Alex Porter from Tendring who was the GB captain when the squad was started back in 2006, unfortunately due to a knee injury he had to retire and secondly, Nathan French. He started playing volleyball at The Boswells School before joining the GB squad and plays professionally in Europe. In the summer of 2012 Nathan represent GB at the London 2012 Olympics.


For performance volleyball, the futures bright, the futures Essex.


If you are an education establishment and would like to offer volleyball, Essex currently has a Community Development Coach (Rees Warren) who covers the Chelmsford and Brentwood area. If you are outside this catchment area please get in touch and we may be able to assist in other ways for example running a teachers course.




This years tournament is on Sunday 28th June at the Brentwood International Centre


Now in its 28th year this junior tournament which is part of the national 'Lets Play Volleyball' series.  Played outdoors on grass with various age and ability categories.


What is Juvo?

JUVO (Junior Volleyball) is the name of the outdoor junior tournament founded by Tony Pennock in 1987.  It started life at Chase Cross in Colliers Row.  All taking place indoors in one sports hall and one gymnasium some 33 teams participated from 17 schools in age groups u15 boys and girls, u17 girls and u19 boys.   It enjoyed its 18th birthday in June 2004 when over 100 teams competed in the bright sun of the field surrounding the Brentwood International Centre.  Since 2007 it has been part of Voleyball England's Lets Play Volleyball tournament series.


Over the years the venue moved from Chase Cross to Redden Court School and in 1998 to Brentwood International Centre and has continued to thrive.  The age groups and number of players per side has changed over the years but still caters for a wide range of abilities.


The aim of the event has been participation in a structured competitive environment.   Senior volleyball players from across the county are involved in organising and refereeing and many of the youngsters have gone on to play for Essex clubs and represent both the county and East Region in competitions.  Many return to help with the event.


One of the largest tournaments of its kind it caters from varying age groups to reflect demand ofetn from under 11 year olds up to 16 and over and attracts teams from throughout the Eastern Region, London and beyond.