hello, we are the essex blades volleyball club

Volleyball is essentially a more complicated game of "don’t let the balloon touch the floor". Both teams can have up to 12 players within the squad, with 6 players on the court at a time. To win, you have to beat the opposition within 5 sets. In each set, you have to be the first to 25 points, ensuring you beat the opponent with 2 clear points. You can win points through serving, spiking, blocking and also making errors.

How many teams do we have?

Men's 1st team (BUCS Premier South)
Women's 1st team (BUCS Premier South)
Men's 2nd team (BUCS South East 2B)
Women's 2nd team (BUCS South East 2B)


At Essex we strive to provide innovative, athlete-centred programmes in our focus sports; Volleyball, Basketball and Rugby sevens. We also offer sports scholarships to ultra-talented athletes, providing coaching and support services, plus a free kit. More information can be found here: Performance Volleyball at Essex.


Recent honours?

Men's 1st - BUCS Premier South Winners - 2016/17, 2018/19
Men's 1st - BUCS Championship Winners - 2018/19
Men's 1st - Volleyball England Student Cup Winners - 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19
Women's 1st - Volleyball England Student Cup Winners - 2018/19
Women's 1st - BUCS Premier South Runners-Up - 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19
Men's 2nd - BUCS South East 2B Winners - 2016/17
Men's 2nd - BUCS South East Conference Cup Winners - 2016/17
Women's 2nd - BUCS South East 3B Winners - 2018/19
Essex Blades Bronze Standard Club - 2016/17
Essex Blades Team of the Year - Men's Volleyball 2nd - 2016/17
Essex Blades Team of the Year - Men's Volleyball 1st - 2018/19


Do I need anything else before I get involved?

Kneepads and indoor trainers are helpful but both are not an essential.

Join us*

To be a part of the club, you need to join up as a member. All of the different club membership options are listed below with a description of what each membership covers.

* Please note that your membership information will be used in conjunction with Essex Sport (University), purely for the purpose of providing access to required facilities and data analysis. Your data will not be shared with anyone else or used for marketing purposes.


Please note, as memberships have to be uploaded to the Essex Sport system manually, it may take 3-5 working days before you are able to book onto your session via the Essex Sport app and attend training sessions. Should you have any problems, please email scadmin@essex.ac.uk  


Training times



men's bucs 2nd team

tuesday | 4-6pm | SPORTS ARENA

Men's 2nd team training.


women's bucs 2nd team

friday | 4-6pm | SPORTS ARENA

Women's 2nd team training.


Please note, club training times listed above are during University term-time oNLY.




Through Essex Sport, we also offer different ways to play the sports you love. For more information, please click here.

active session

thursday | 6-7pm

A chance to develop your volleyball skills in this friendly active session. All abilities are welcome, with opportunities to make new friends and have good fun.


Club committee



charlotte bontems


colton smethurst


helen hunt


jacob jones


eleanor cranch

welfare officer

ethan reynolds

social secretary