HORNDEAN Volleyball Club is looking to the future.
The club have made great progress since starting out a year ago.
They have enjoyed superb form in the National Volleyball League men’s division three south.
And now they are bringing the sport to youngsters in the area, with the launch of a juniors hub.
Horndean has joined forces with Prospect School in Havant, where they will host junior team training sessions, starting Wednesday, January 18 (6-8pm).
Nasser Ssemuwemba, head coach of Horndean, will take the sessions, aimed at catering for a range of age groups, from 11 years upwards.
Ssemuwemba said: ‘As a new club, we have some big development plans and ambitions.
‘Setting up a juniors team has been a club management priority.
‘Our ambition is to create a pathway from junior level up to national league and form an academy structure.
‘There are always quite a lot of challenges involved but we are ready.’
As the club reaches their one-year anniversary, Ssemuwemba is delighted with the progress being made.
He added: ‘It is so rewarding to look back at the success we are having so far with the men’s team and we are determined to have the same success with the juniors set-up.
‘We feel with this initiative, we could influence other schools and make this the driving force behind volleyball development in the borough.
‘One of the main priorities is to feed the youngsters into Horndean Volleyball Club.’
Horndean’s mixed juniors set-up is backed by Pompey Sports and Education Foundation (PSEF), who are working closely with the club in a bid to promote the delivery of the Premier League 4 Sport programme in the Havant Borough.
PSEF enabled the purchase of volleyball equipment and balls at Prospect School.
Prospect School deputy head Fritz Simpson, who also doubles as head of Physical Education is delighted to be working with Horndean.
He said: ‘I think as a school, we have an important role to play in the community.
‘By supporting juniors driven programmes like the one with Horndean, it makes our school an important part of the community.
‘Horndean Volleyball Club is working towards building a base for the development of home-grown talent to excel and we are pleased to have that link.’
Horndean hope to field a junior side in competitions.
There are also plans to run girls/ladies only sessions, which could lead to the formation of women’s teams in the future.
Another key focus for Horndean is to encourage more adult volunteers to play a part at the club.
Horndean’s unbeaten run in the league will be put to the test on Sunday.
They head to Tooting for a busy day when they also face an in-form Newmarket side.