Get a volleyball net for the old sports hall
During term time, sports such as volleyball suffer for recreational bookings due to the ability of half of jubilee being bookable by basketball players shooting in a single hoop.
The old sports hall has this capability for this to be done, however it does not offer a volleyball net. For this reason, volleyball players can barely find an hour each week.
Either put a volleyball net in the old sports hall which would also help the volleyball club, or default half court basketball bookings to the old sports hall unless it is already booked.
Thank you for your You Make Change submission.
As a frequent user of the sports halls myself, I understand that it can be difficult to find a casual booking space and sympathise with your situation. I have spoken to Sport and Wellbeing management about your suggestions, and they are unwilling to consider having volleyball nets in the Team Southampton Hall because there are no sockets in the floor, and they feel that free standing volleyball nets are too large a health and safety risk. The management are also in agreement that a larger volume of members want to play basketball casually than volleyball, and it would be unfair to restrict them to one sports hall based on the smaller demand of another sport.
That said however, I have been in talks with Sport and Wellbeing management to remove full court booking space for basketball so that only half court bookings can be made (and adding half court options in TSH instead of full court). This would free up availability for half court basketball activities and will hopefully have a trickle down effect to make the court more available for volleyball players at the same time. New outdoor courts are also being installed at Avenue campus which will also hopefully result in more basketball players migrating to that site and freeing up availability for volleyball in our indoor spaces.
In addition I would recommend looking into joining our affiliated volleyball club if you haven't already. They train for 7 hours a week in Jubilee and can offer regular training with professional coaching. You can find their page on the groups hub at susu.org/groups/suvc
Steve Gore, VP Sports
Friday 17th Aug 2018 3:54pm
- Forwarded to Sports Development
Tuesday 14th Aug 2018 10:56am
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