Ashcombe Volleyball Club receive 3 nominations in Volleyball England Annual Awards.


Ashcombe Volleyball Club receive 3 nominations in Volleyball England Annual Awards.


Ashcombe Volleyball Club followed up on court success winning the National Shield last weekend by picking up nominations in three categories in the 2015 Volleyball England Annual Awards. Ashcombe’s Will McDonald has been nominated in the young official of the year category and Freya McDonald has been nominated as young volunteer of the year. Ashcombe have also been nominated as ‘Club of the Year’- an award they won in 2014 and 2012.


Will McDonald, 19, referees at both Surrey and National Volleyball League matches and is also a Junior Coach. Will has been refereeing for a number of seasons and now officiates for a number of clubs as a first or second referee and is respected as an impartial, knowledgeable referee.


Ashcombe School student Freya, 16, has been nominated for the tireless dedication she has shown to Volleyball both on and off the court. Freya is the Scorer for many of Ashcombe’s National League matches, gaining praise from Referees and opposing teams for her accuracy in performing a tricky task which many adults find daunting. Additionally Freya has provided support at many Ashcombe events including the Ashcombe Volleyball Tournament. 


Ashcombe have been nominated as club of the year having had another successful year with two national volleyball league teams and two Surrey Volleyball League teams. This culminated in the club’s first team winning the Volleyball England National Shield against the Chester Amazon’s at the National Volleyball Centre. Ashcombe have also entered teams at Under 18,16 and 15 level, all of whom qualified for the second round of their age group cups with the Under 18 team representing the club at the Volleyball England U-18 Grand Prix. Additionally 4 members of the club were called up for England Cadet and Junior squads throughout the season, with Katy Begley and Rachel Higgins representing England in the Sainsbury’s School Games and the Nothern European Volleyball Zonal Association U-17 tournament. Ashcombe have also establish a casual adult session and 3 Satellite School Clubs in the past year.



The Annual Awards Evening will be held on Saturday 25th April at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering The event is a celebration of all three disciplines of the game and player awards will include the Volleyball England Beach tour champions race winners in addition to all the MVPs from the 2014/15 National League season and the Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix.




Ashcombe Volleyball Club Chairperson Carol Fogarty, commenting on the clubs success said, ‘We are all absolutely delighted and honoured to have been awarded Volleyball England Club of the Year 2014. It is indeed thanks to great performances by members of the club both on and off the court. Thanks as always must go to all the Volunteers who are at the heart of Ashcombe Volleyball Club and we endeavour to make volunteering an integral part of the club; such as, subsidising several members of the club on courses which has in turn enabled us to establish connections within many Dorking schools and the wider community.