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What is it?

  • This is a team game which involves hitting a large ball with one's hands across a high net with the aim of making the ball hit the ground in the opposition's area.  

  • The teams of six players are normally single sex, except in the more informal games.  

  • Volleyball is played both indoors and outdoors, and is common on beaches and in other informal locations.

Find out more


English Volleyball Association  members.netscapeonline.co.uk/chasvolleyball/



We have not managed to identify any magazines specifically concerned with volleyball.  Check with the Association opposite.

Getting started

  • Find a local volleyball group or club (see organisations above).

  • See if there are introductory sessions at your local club or sports centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on the basics of volleyball.

  • Check in your local library/paper or sports centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Volleyball is fairly energetic but it can be played by both sexes and by people of all ages and abilities. 

  • Handling the ball and other moves can be practiced on your own, but volley ball really requires a number of other people with whom to play.  

  • Many games develop informally but there is also a structure of local groups and clubs to which more serious players belong.  

  • It is better if the people you play with are of roughly the same standard as yourself;  they will usually also be of the same sex, and roughly the same age group.

Equipment or clothing
  • Except for the more formal competitions, casual sports clothing is all that is needed, plus trainers or sports shoes if you are playing indoors or on a special surface.  

A place or facilities
  • The essentials are the net plus posts and a suitable ball, plus an area large and high enough to play in.  

  • There are facilities in many schools, social centres and  community halls, as well as marked courts in most sports centres.

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