Ashcombe Volleyball Club Gather to Celebrate Fantastic Freda.


Current Ashcombe Volleyball members joined past players, former coaches and friends in celebrating the brilliant efforts of club secretary Freda Bussey who was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Volleyball. The club were also joined by The Chairman of Mole Valley Council, Councillor David Sharland to honour Freda.

A fantastic cake had been baked by Yvonne Saker, Chair of Volleyball Wales and Freda’s husband Colin Bussey presented Freda with her inscription. Head Coach of the Great Britain Women’s Indoor Volleyball team at London 2012 Audrey Cooper was also in attendance and praised Freda by saying ‘I’ve been privileged to know Freda for a long time and this is a massive achievement for someone who has always put Volleyball first.’

Ashcombe Club Chair Carol Fogarty then presented Freda with a bottle of champagne and flowers to mark her steller efforts in founding and running the club over the last 37 years. After the presentation champagne and cake was enjoyed by all. Freda will collect her MBE at Buckingham Palace on December 19th.

Freda founded Ashcombe Volleyball club in 1976 whilst a PE teacher at The Ashcombe School and the club has grown to the thriving hub of Volleyball it is today, producing teams at every level and all forms of the game and providing many players who have gone on to play for England and Great Britain.

As well as her many roles within the Ashcombe club , Freda has been involved in the wider sport in this country in a plethora of different fields at county, regional and national level including as a part of the management team for Beach Volleyball at London 2012, as well as previously captaining the England national team on numerous occasions.

Freda is the 4th English Volleyballer to be recognised for services to Volleyball following in the footsteps of Dr Don Anthony, Richard Callicott and Gordon Neale.

Ashcombe Volleyball Club Chair Carol Fogarty said ‘Freda has worked tirelessly on behalf of the volleyball community and within Ashcombe Dorking Volleyball Club in particular. The award of MBE is truly deserved and applauded by the club and recognises her tenacity, enthusiasm and lifelong dedication as player, coach, organiser and supporter. ‘