Horndean are on the lookout for more female players to join their triumphant club.
The men’s side, known as Horndean Hornets, won National League division three south in 2011-12.
They have this term consolidated their spot in division two and are now determined to continue their success in 2013.
Horndean Volleyball Club is run by volunteers and also has a junior side.
Founded in 2011 by The News Sports Awards coach-of-the-year Nasser Ssemuwemba, they train at South Downs College and are a member of Volleyball England.
Head coach Ssemuwemba, 41, from Waterlooville, said: ‘We have had a number of new members join us since the Olympics.
‘We hope to start a female team very soon.
‘As soon as we get a reasonable number, we shall organise a ladies only training night.’
Horndean’s men’s side are currently preparing for a shot at national glory in the shield final at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering at the weekend.
And they go into the showdown full of confidence, too, after beating a division one outfit London Knights in the semi-final.
For Ssemuwemba, though, simply watching the club blossom and raise the sport’s profile among young people has been a real boost.
He said: ‘Volleyball has been part of my life ever since my school time in Uganda, where I had my education paid for by a top volleyball club.
‘It is now a popular sport and some of the boys I teach are doing it for their GCSE’s.’
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